Darlinghurst’s East Village Hotel may be several kilometres from any beach, but that hasn’t stopped it from opening a rooftop “beach club” to help surf bums, city slickers and sand-avoiders alike see out the rest of summer. There’s no sand or waves at this bar (which launched last week), but there’s plenty going on to help you imagine the saltwater is lapping at your feet.
Make like your mum and her mates at their ’80s pool parties and sip on buckets of Midori Illusion and Blue Lagoon cocktails. Or, try a pail of Mountain Dew and whiskey – it turns out the soft drink may have originally been created for that purpose. There’s also rosé and Piña Colada slushies to help you cool down during the steamy summer days ahead.
Food-wise, expect oysters, mini prawn rolls, vegan pakora and tater tots with goat’s curd.
The rooftop now has colourful umbrellas and lights, and plenty of palm tree-esque foliage to evoke summer days on the sand. There are even life-saving rings, should anyone find themselves drowning in a bucket of booze.
It’s a far cry from the pub’s early days in the 1920s, when, frequented by members of local crime organisations, it was the hub of Sydney’s razor gang battles, led by Tilly Devine and Kate Leigh.
East Village’s beach club is open until the end of summer.