A neighbourhood bar and cultural space is coming to the temporary Eddy precinct at the northern edge of Central Station – and it’s got some impressive cred. Shades, opening in mid-December, is by the team behind Surry Hills’ Golden Age Cinema & Bar. Like Golden Age, it’ll bring together good drinks with film, music and art.

The tiny standing bar will be pouring wine from Australia’s east coast, as well as “disco-inspired” cocktails and beer. A bar menu of pies and sausage rolls pays tribute to the old-school rail refreshment rooms that serviced passengers in train stations like Central. Punters will also be able to order from pizza pop-up City Oltra, which will open soon in the hub.

Vinyl will be on the spin, with guest curators pumping their top tunes from a Pitt & Giblin speaker system. Head up a ramp and through the back door to a warehouse-style space that’ll act as the venue’s cultural centre. Resident DJs will be regular, as will experimental-cinema nights programmed by the Golden Age team. Vintage Klipsch speaker stacks from the legendary Sublime nightclub will provide the sound, while projectors and screens will offer the possibility for digital and video art installations.

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“Cities are unique because of their different layers and this is a great opportunity to provide something that we feel is missing in this part of town,” said Golden Age co-founder Chris Barton in a statement.

Soon, Central Station will no longer just be a place you pass through to get somewhere else (especially since so many of its shops and eateries have closed over the past couple of years.) Joining Shades and City Oltra in the new hub are a series of other stores and cultural spaces. Get your sneakers laundered at Shoebox; pick up a bouquet at Dust Flowers; find condiments, snacks, coffee and baked goods at condiment purveyor Condimental’s Picnic Central; shop fruit-shaped candles from Nonna’s Grocer; and try on new shades at sunglasses boutique Shade Files. And creative events venue the Eddy Multi-Space, curated by urban strategy and placemaking studio Right Angle – which has also curated and managed The Eddy project on behalf of Transport for NSW – will offer exhibitions, screenings talks and more. Some venues are already open, and the hub officially opens on November 24.

Shades will open in mid-December in The Eddy precinct of Central Station.