Darlo Country Club
When the former Victoria Room became available in early 2015, Eddie Levy and Michael Hwang of Lobo Plantation and The Island’s Adam Abrams and Julian Tobias snapped up the space and installed The Chalet as a pop-up while they settled on a permanent concept for the venue.
The Darlo Country Club is that concept, inspired by Californian country clubs and venues such as The Beverly Hills Hotel and Soho House. There are peach walls and cactus-green trusses, a profusion of greenery and an enormous chandelier greeting guests at the entrance.
Julius Yates was seconded from Lobo Plantation to create the cocktail list. Highlights include the Bubbarita, a margarita-inspired medley of bubble-gum infused tequila, grape-citrus foam and an orange-blossom flame, and the Eton Fizz, a grown-up Eton Mess made from Tanqueray, strawberry shrub, lemon juice, thyme syrup, egg white and a dash of soda. Complementing the cocktail list is a mix of Australian and New Zealand wines and more traditional styles from Europe.
The menu features sliders, tacos and oysters, as well as lobster and truffle mac’n’cheese. Live music, DJs, and a 2am license mean that punters can enjoy the space from the afternoon to late at night.