Spice Trader Cocktail Bar Announced As The Third Dining Destination At The Porter House

Bars, Drink, Sydney / 14 November 2022

Spice Trader will complete the trifecta of luxe new venues within Castlereagh Street’s iconic Porter House building. 

Earlier this year, the four-year restoration project of Castlereagh street’s landmark Porter House building, finally culminated in the opening of two incredible new venues – Dixon & Sons, and Henry’s Bread & Wine. 

Now, just in time for the silly season, the Porter House will see the final instalment of the food and beverage offering open its doors to reveal an intimate fourth-floor bar, serving up an evocative signature cocktail list of flavours inspired by the restaurant’s namesake. 

The cocktail list is centred around four key trade items of the era – ginger, coconut, cassia bark and coffee; a nostalgic nod to the trading past of the Porter House building. Each of the four are represented through three different cocktails, resulting in an easy-to-navigate flavour journey along the spice route. 

‘Ginger’ kicks off the evening with a firey expression of Spice Trader’s spiciest sips. Signature libations include the Penicillin made with Ferrand Cognac, ginger, honey, and lemon, finished at the table with a drizzle of Talisker whisky for a smoky finish. ‘Coconut’ features exotic renditions of some of our favourite flavours. Highlights include a reimagination of the humble Piña Colada into the Piña Verde featuring Plantation Stiggins Fancy Pineapple rum with green Chartreuse and coconut cream.

Spice Trader, The Porterhouse, Castlereagh St

‘Cassia Bark’ sees the cocktail list take a sweet turn with must-tries including the Kandy Cobbler made with Amontillado sherry, Mancino Ambrato, nectarine and cassia bark. While ‘Coffee’ explores grown-up tinctures for Negroni lovers, including a fruity Cascara Negroni made with Tanqueray gin, cascara Campari, Mancino Rosso and cold-drip coffee.

For those that prefer their booze with a little extra fire, there are three house-spiced spirits available on the rocks; Rum, infused with banana, vanilla, dried orange, clove, cassia and star anise; Australian Whisky infused with black tea, ginger, cinnamon, clove and green cardamon; and Cognac infused with dried apricot, peach, fig, nutmeg and clove.

Spice Trader, The Porterhouse, Castlereagh St

The elevated drinks list is matched with an extravagant bar snack menu from which guests can treat themselves to a $150 tin of Shark Bay wild scampi caviar served with Crème fraiche, egg and buckwheat blini. Designed by Porter House Executive Chef Emrys Jones (Fish Butchery, Qualia) the share-style snack menu inherits the Asian influence of Dixon & Sons, other snacks include Sherry Glazed Duck Milk Buns featuring confit duck leg with rhubarb and hoisin, stuffed into a house-made rosemary milk bun and glazed with sherry vinegar and honey.

Spice Trader is open Thursday – Saturday from 5pm for walk-ins only. Head to their website to find out more.

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