The grand marbled lobbies and moonlit fine dining of Manhattan are the inspiration for Petar and Wendy Belosevic’s new supper club. The former Zhivago owners decided to give up their Currie Street dance venue for a more mature venture on Grenfell Street.
From June 10 guests can check in their coats at the ground-level lobby before descending the stairs below a large chandelier. In the basement, there’s a choice of three different areas in which to spend the evening. “Wendy and I spent six weeks in New York and were inspired by the lifestyle and design of areas like the Meatpacking district,” Belosevic says.
The first room, the Soho Lounge, features a luxurious velvet sofa snaking its way around the whole room. “The lounge is actually one continuous piece and seats approximately 55 people,” says Belosevic. “It’s a space for walk-in guests to enjoy a drink from the main bar and some small plates to share.”
Next, three flush subway-tiled bars, called the Sidecar Bars, greet guests who want to stand and sip. “The first two bars are for regular service, the third window will be our DJ booth and the last bar will service the Manhattan Lounge,” explains Belosevic. “We have a DJ but we don’t want to make this a club, just create a nice casual vibe.”
Then there’s the Manhattan Lounge. Classic booth seating lines the room, and high-top communal tables are a place to sit and imbibe. This space is intended for more formal dining. “We will have a full menu available until 6am, despite the lockout.” Dishes like steak tartare and snapper carpaccio can be shared from dusk till dawn. In the warmer months, an alleyway beer garden will provide a sunny escape from below the ground. The venue launched softly on June 3 and officially opens to the public on June 10.
The Propaganda Club
110 Grenfell Street
08 8223 6411
Tue to Thu 4pm–6am