KittyHawk Sydney CBD
KittyHawk is the 2nd Bar from the Lobo Plantation team and the venue is an impressive reworking of the old bull bear and bondy’s venue into something akin to Lobo 2.0. It is however a tad more masculine, dimmer and quite the cocktail bar with one of the longest bar counters in Sydney. The makeover is rather startling taking what was previously a generi white tiled gastropub fitout into a luxe war bunker with touches of colonial mix. Around the venue, dark chesterfield booths that easily sits 6-8, and on the street side banquettes and operable windows that will open up in the warmer months. The design language is not dissimilar to Lobo. Lights low, cocktails shakers jangling, you’re in for a goodtime.
Kittyhawk’s cocktail menu is Rye Whisky and Rum focused and some of the best bartenders in Sydney will be slinging your drinks. Assembled at Kittyhawk; Adam Cork (ex-Jangling Jacks), Dre Walters (Lobo, Grandma’s), Paige Aubort (Lobo), Jono Carr (Archie Rose) and an army of the Town’s best bartenders. It’s a who’s who in the Sydney bar scene and the cocktails here are some of the best in Sydney. There are twists to Lobo’s classics here and then there’s some fun numbers that recall Lobo’s rubber duckie cocktail.
Polynesian Pearl Diver $19 Bacardi Superior Rum, fresh orange, lemon, coconut, lemon butter. Tropical and fruity.
Rye Tai. Spiced Rye, Oro Rum, fresh lime, rye orgeat, falernum. Note the custom shotglasses that Kittyhawk has made for the venue. Like the excellent Lobo Plantation before this, it’s the little touches and attention to detail that impresses.
Rye and Ginger. With the cutest garnish this side of town, Kitty Hawk’s Rye and Ginger is rye, fresh lime, pineapple and ginger beer. Big brownie points for that tiny pineapple.
Nuclear Daiquiri – Archie Rose 55% rum, rum, yellow chartreuse, fresh lime, falernum.
Nose Art – Gin, Suze, Pine Needle Syrup and fresh lemon. A curiously almost choc-pot looking cocktail that comes looking like a julep/house plant cross. Light, citrusy and quite easy drinking. #mostinstagrammable
Kittyhawk belies its location at the suit-y end of town and pulls in a good time crowd that adds a buzziness to the air in the venue. The sounds of good times. KittyHawk also has an extensive wine list and a french food menu designed for sharing. Get in early, get a booth or sit at the bar (always the best spot in the Bar).
16 Phillip Lan Sydney CBD