Peacock chairs; foliage; gold-velvet cushions tossed on chesterfields; and soul, R’n’B and funk playing in the background. That’s how Nash Ferguson of Newtown’s Midnight Special describes Goldie’s Music Hall, a bar that will transform the Northern Foyer of the Opera House’s Concert Hall during Vivid Live, the Opera House’s annual contemporary music festival, which is part of the annual Vivid festival.
“With the spectacular view, plush purple carpet and bronze railings in the Opera House’s northern foyer bar, we thought, ‘Let’s turn this space into a world of black and gold glamour’,” says Ferguson.
Like the bar she and Sylvie Sheehan run on Enmore Road, Goldie’s will also have a music focus. And the soundtrack – provided by Sydney DJs including Gonz, Mama Disquo, Rusty and Boonge – won’t be the type you find on Spotify or other digital music subscription services. “We want to pay tribute to the music from the ’60s and ’70s we hear sampled today,” says Ferguson.
To accompany the ambient tunes there will be five cocktails. “There’s the heart-warming Golden Years, with cognac, rye whiskey, amaretto, whisky-barrel bitters and orange zest. And the sophisticated Magic Mountain made with Grey Goose, St Germain, orgeat, apple and cucumber,” says Sheehan.
The food keeps to the ’70s theme, too. “There’s an Alaskan king crab roll, a devon sandwich made with LP's Quality Meats mortadella, provolone and tomato relish on a milk bun, plus Belvedere Bloody Mary oyster shots,” says Ferguson.