The Carrington's Spanish-themed bar and eatery has been pleasing Sydneysiders since it opened back in 2011. But publicans James Wirth and James Miller (the guys behind the transformations of the Forresters, Abercrombie and Norfolk) aren't about to stop now. Having an unused space at their disposal on the first floor of The Carrington (it was formerly the publican's quarters), they felt there was only one course of action: transform it into a 1970s Spanish apartment.
The red stucco on the wall, seagrass matting on the roof and brick archways are the first sign you've travelled back 35 years. And then if you still haven't gotten the picture, dig the red-orange walls or the tiles behind the bar, which look as though they were ripped straight out of your nan's bathroom. The only thing missing is a pall of cigarette smoke and a fondue set.
The food and drink at The Apartment will be much the same as what's on offer downstairs. Namely, plenty of Estrella Damn and Moritz beers, Spanish red wines and fruity cocktails, like the Sourside Down with Aperol, pomegranate, lemon and cranberry tea. Sit around the kitchen bar and watch bartenders make your drink like you’re over at their place.
Breakfast is on up at The Apartment too (available only on the weekends) with Spanish baked eggs with sofrito, piquillo peppers and spiced eggplant. Empanada rancheros with ham hock, beans, creamed corn and a fried egg make for an exciting start to the day. For lunch and dinner, try beef cheeks with corn puree and parsley salad or skirt steak with Valdeon cheese sauce and bravas fries.
So make plans to visit The Apartment this weekend, you’ll feel right at home.
The Apartment will be available for functions and group bookings during the week, and open to the public on Friday and Saturday nights.
Level 1, The Carrington
565 Bourke Street, Surry Hills
(02) 9360 4714
Fri & Sat evenings from 6pm