Legendary burger flippers and live music lovers Mary’s breathe new life into The Basement.
It was only a couple of months ago that we first caught wind of the Mary’s crew (Mary’s Newtown, The Unicorn Hotel, The Lansdowne and Mary’s Pizzeria) spreading their burger flipping, antiestablishment roots, and now we come with the latest serving of great news.
After the closure of the iconic Basement in Sydney last March, Mary’s co-founders Jake Smyth and Kenny Graham have announced that Mary’s in Circular Quay will be officially opening its ground floor level on Wednesday 1st May from 12pm.
Now you can shake off the working day with a visit to Jake and Kenny’s latest eatery, embodying a casual eatery on the ground floor, with a fancier offering underground. Not only can you get your hands on one of Mary’s signature burgers, but there’s also a new vegan menu. Think fried ‘chicken’, comprised of deep fried cauliflower with vegan patties and dairy-free cheese.
The drinks list is set to mimic existing Mary’s menus, including a tight natural wine offering, supplied by the crew at P&V Merchants.
As for the basement level, there’s still some work to be done, with information still sparse as to its open date. Rest assured though, it won’t be long before you can enjoy an intimate dining experience with live music to boot.
On the all important music front, Mary’s Underground will provide live music an impressive seven nights a week, with entertainment curated by Mary’s Group Music and Entertainment Director Joe Muller.
With a focus on free live music, you’ll be able to grab a burger and a beer, and also catch a mishmash of up-and-coming artists and producers plus rock n’ roll bands.
The Basement has been known since the 70s for its live rock and smooth jazz nights, tragically closing its doors in March 2018 due to dwindling profits. Marking a huge blow to Sydney’s already struggling nightlife, Mary’s Underground hopes to breathe new life into Sydney’s after-hours scene.
Mary’s CQ opens Wednesday 1st May, with Mary’s Underground opening later in May/June 2019.