By the team behind Eau de Vie, The Roosevelt is a serious player on the Sydney cocktail scene. This premiere cocktail bar is tucked away in Potts Point at the site of the old French restaurant Apres and is the second offering by Sven Almenning and Graham Ette.
Named after a Kings Cross bar owned by the notorious 1940's gangster Abe Saffron, The Roosevelt is full of references to the prohibition era. The well-to-do staff are dressed in suspenders and bow ties, the lighting is kept low and moody lamps adorn each table.
The Roosevelt certainly has that Old Hollywood style, and this shows in the extensive cocktail menu. All drinks are made at your table via the team's 'wheelie' cocktail trolley with staff pouring fire and throwing liquid nitrogen before your eyes. For a stiff drink try the 'Dead End' served in a hip flask or if you're after a winner there's 'The Continental' which was voted best Gentleman's Drink at the World Class Australia competition.
Chef Andrew Braham, whose CV includes stints at Pier and Quay, has introduced an American-diner style bar menu to the offerings at The Roosevelt, including boozy shakes whipped up with liquid nitrogen, sliders and crisp fried chicken.
The Roosevelt also offers a five course degustation menu for $130 a head. The menu represents the cutting edge of Sydney dining. Each course is matched to the perfect cocktail for a complete food/drink experience. At the Roosevelt they believe a cocktail can accompany your meal better than any beer or wine. And they prove their point.
The Roosevelt is perfect both for quiet drinks or a ten person feast. But make sure you book well ahead and turn up early because it closes at midnight.