East Coast Lounge
East Coast Lounge, with its Hamptons-style, whitewashed surfaces and beachy furnishings, is a wine-bar-and-homewares hybrid made for the spring and summertime. But it doesn’t do too badly in the opposite kind of weather.
Located in the former Submarine Miner’s Depot, there’s plenty of water vista to spare. Despite the heritage listing and exceptional view, the atmosphere is casual, underscored by the menu which consists almost entirely of cheese and grazing plates, plus simple, but exceptional-quality offerings of cured meats, marinated vegetables and sourdough. With French Champagnes, Australian wines and Sydney-based beers there’s a certain provincial structure in the drinks list here.
Some simple breakfast dishes make coffee a necessity. Allpress Espresso provides the beans. A range of vividly described teas by New York’s Bellocq cater for those who tend towards the other kind of brew.
You’ll also find leather-bound notebooks, hand-stitched leather overnight bags and Stuart Membery furniture. The artisanal assortment balances handcrafted imported goods and local producers, catering to locals who long for the exotic and visitors in want of a memento.
East Coast Lounge is a destination venue. It’s outside the wheelhouse of inner-city wine bars and invites an entire day of scouring the beach and headlands punctuated by some true lounging, drinking and dining.