The Cloakroom Bar
The Cloakroom Bar experience begins by turning down an alleyway off Elizabeth Street and spotting a bouncer at the bottom of a fire escape. Follow him upstairs to a door, where you’re greeted by a maitre’d.
You’ll be seated and offered a hot or cold towel depending on the weather. Then you’ll receive a complimentary palate cleanser, such as Margaret River rosé with a dash of yuzu soda. Next, you’ll be asked a few questions by the bar staff, so they can determine what to serve you next.
It’s the kind of exacting, bespoke service you would expect from Louis Ialenti and Andrew Byrne, the owners behind suiting shop, The Cloakroom. The pair also runs a similar suit shop-bar hybrid in Montreal – called The Maison Cloakroom – which has proven popular.
The bar was previously used as part of the suit shop. A former employee turned architect, Josh Kim, worked with Pattison to design the space. It’s dimly lit with candles, featuring dark curtains and black-and-white photos. There’s also a larger outdoor space and a couple of more intimate areas – a four-person spot in what was once a change room and a larger private section designed for 10–12 people.
Pattison likes to say the bar serves cocktails with a “twist”. The twist depends on the flavour preferences they pick up from the discussion with the customer. The bar staff is able to use house-made flavour concentrates, such as lavender, beetroot, vanilla and Christmas spice, to customise the drinks.
Other than cocktails, the bar serves a rotating selection of two bottled beers, two reds, two whites, two rosés, a prosecco and a few champagnes.