Step into another world without leaving the city at Chippendale’s new watering hole, Saga Bar.
It’s difficult to place exactly where Saga Bar takes its inspiration from. Tucked behind two large wooden doors, this hidden watering hole feels akin to a setting from an Indian Jones flick. In fact, this eye-catching fit-out is said to depict a fictitious island set somewhere in the Indian Ocean, bringing together influences from Indian, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. The result? Get ready to experience a bar unlike you’d witnessed before.
Nestled behind Kensington Street in the heart of Chippendale, Saga invites drinkers to leave their expectations at the door and step into a truly unique landscape. The exotic interiors exude that of a moody cocktail bar, complete with glowing lanterns, hefty wooden tabletops and leafy palms dotted around the space. Whether you choose to perch at the bar or settle into a corner table, you’ll be guaranteed to experience a memorable evening.
But Saga isn’t all looks. In fact, the team behind this new venue certainly know how to mix a well-made drink. At the helm of the drinks list is Bar Manager, Quinton Seeto, known for his previous roles at some of Sydney’s top bars including Palmer & Co and The Barber Shop. For cocktail lovers, this spot is one just for you. Expect an innovative cocktail menu of exotic flavours inspired by East Asia and beyond, perfectly mixed and balanced. Expect everything from an Ocean Spiced Negroni ($25, featuring Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz gin with Adelaide Hill Distillery Bitter Organe Aperitif and Vermouth and Applewood Okar Amaro) or even The Temple’s Fire ($25, featuring Flor de Caña Grand Reserva 7 year-old rum, shaken with muddled chilli, lime juice and spiced syrup, finished with a float of Disaronno Amaretto).
As for wines, Sommelier Casey Sullivan-Myers (former Assistant Head Sommelier of Mr Wong) has created an extensive 300 bottle list showcasing local picks and international cult classics. Expect to find your perfect drop with a selection of rare wines sourced from private collections (and listed at affordable prices) also on the menu.
As for eats, Saga’s curated menu by chef Bo Hu (China Doll, General Chao) features a selection of snacks, share plates and mains infused with rich spices and flavours. Start with a serve of Vietnamese Sesame Crackers with fresh tomato salsa and gin dressing ($14) before sampling a plate of Kingfish Sashimi ($24) or even a plate of Spicy Chicken Ribs ($22), tossed in a sweet and spicy Szechuan green peppercorn sauce and finished with crushed peanuts and shallots.
Find Saga Bar at 49-51 Goold Street, Chippendale. Open Wed to Thur 4pm – 10pm, Thur to Sat 3pm – 11pm and Sun 3pm – 10pm.
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