With a drinks menu inspired by Old Havana, Middlebar will be a welcome addition to Sydney’s small-bar scene. Opening tonight above Taylor’s Square’s Kinselas, it will inhabit the space once occupied by Lo-Fi.

Lo-Fi’s vivid interior will be toned down. “[The interior] was very full-on,” says Middlebar venue manager David Rozario (most recently of Baxter Inn). “We’ve stripped it right back to the brick in its original glory, while still keeping it stylish, modern and warm.”

Executive bartender Lee Potter (The Rum Dairies, The Victoria Room) has designed a gin-heavy cocktail menu inspired by a recent trip to Cuba. Expect generous Gin and Tonics served in copa glasses and cocktails revolving around the spirit. “The copa glasses are the way the Spanish generally like to drink their G&Ts, so we’re sticking to that theme,” says Rozario. “It’s basically a really big version of a wine goblet. I’ve spent a lot of time in Spain and we realised the two styles of drinking sort of merge together.”

Rozario thinks it’s the music that will set Middlebar apart from other bars along the Oxford Street strip. “We have the advantage of having a dance floor and a DJ and we’ll be changing it up. Each night will be different, from disco and boogie to house and hip-hop.”

2/383 Bourke Street, Darlinghurst
(02) 9331 3100

Wed–Sun 5pm–3am

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