You might know Hotel Palisade in Millers Point. The tall Federation Free-style building looks oddly charming sitting alone on Bettington Street. The hotel was built in 1915–16 to replace a hotel of the same name, built in 1880. Henry Deane Walsh – an engineer of the Sydney Harbour Trust – designed it. It’s his name that adorns the stunning rooftop bar looking out over Sydney Harbour.
It’s a historic area. 8–20 Munn Street nearby is the last of the workers' houses, built in 1910. “It’s quite amazing to wander around,” says manager Dom Beinke. “The first time I came here, I couldn’t find it. I accidentally went to Milsons Point instead. But I was blown away when I found it. It’s so close to the CBD, but it's so peaceful. You can still park your car here.”
The Henry Deane is perfectly set up for a long afternoon into early evening. There are four separate spaces that can be booked for private use. Cocktails are made with “a lot of local ingredients” says Beinke and he describes them as “classics with a seasonal twist”. Try the Yuzu You Fizz with tequila, Yuzushu, grapefruit shrub and lime. The food has been designed to complement the drinks, with snacks such as smoky eel croquettes, grilled lamb cutlets and white-wine mussels. The highlight is the crispy brussels sprouts with chilli, lime caramel and furikake. It’s so popular it will “never go off the menu,” says Beinke.
The best time to come? According to Beinke it feels pretty special during the first half of the week for a date night or lunch. It’s quiet, relaxed, you’ll always get a table and you can hog that incredible view.