Raise a flag to Kittyhawk
The team behind the award-winning rum boozer The Lobo Plantation have expanded their empire with the launch of bar Kittyhawk. Inspired by the Liberation of Paris on August 25 1944, this 175-seating venue celebrates a time when American GIs and exuberant Parisians partied together, celebrating freedom.
Tucked away at the top of Phillip Lane and taking over the old Bull and Bear site, Kittyhawk is a sumptuous, sophisticated hideaway with close attention to detail. Antique French Walnut doors greet guests and open to a 12-metre long, hand crafted American Oak bar. The walls are filled with vintage frames, original 1940’s posters and real WWII paraphernalia. Underfoot is a custom-made, one-of-a-kind mosaic floor with antique tiles. There are also crafted opulent leather banquettes and a conservatory with lush greenery, brass detailing and authentic Parisian bistro lighting,
Kittyhawk also boasts 900 spirits with a particular focus on rum and rye whisky. The bespoke cocktail list is a full team collaboration lead by Groups Bar Manager, Andres Walters and Groups Operations Manager, Paige Aubort (awarded Bartender of the Year 2015 by ALIA). And the extensive wine list includes over 80 handpicked wine and Champagne selections.
In addition, head chef Jason Wright (formerly of Edinburgh’s STEAK Restaurant) has designed a menu filled with classic Parisian street food albeit with a twist. Working with local farmers, fishermen and providores, Wright has sourced fresh, sustainable ingredients. Diners can enjoy mussels vol au vent with Kinkawooka Mussels, Scotch eggs with organically farmed duck eggs and smoked aioli, and steak swiss with truffle mayo.
So get involved in the nostalgic WWII atmosphere, and celebrate celebrate liberté, égalité and fraternité.
16 Phillip Lane, Sydney
Open Mon – Wed 3pm – midnight, Thurs 12pm – midnight, Fri 12pm – 2am (midnight lockout), Sat – 3pm – 2am (midnight lockout)
If you’re in the area why not check out Restaurant Hubert, the new restaurant from the Swillhouse Group.