Much-loved Melbourne bar Romeo Lane is coming to Sydney for one night, setting up at CBD restaurant Prince of York on Saturday February 1. Romeo Lane, which opened in a tiny heritage-listed space in 2015, has become a favourite among Melbournians for its minimalist approach to drinks, using American techniques to make classic European-style cocktails. It’ll take over the Prince of York’s ambient cellar bar Pamela’s, bringing some of its most popular Italo-tiki-style drinks and creating a few specialties for the night.
Expect minimal-ingredient cocktails such as the Halfway – a mezcal Old Fashioned with cynar (an Italian liqueur made predominantly from artichokes), a pinch of salt and grapefruit peel oil. Romeo Lane co-owner and bartender Joe Jones is also working with the Pamela’s team to craft a punchbowl to sit alongside Pamela’s punchbowl staples such as the Bobby Womack (Derrumbes mezcal and Ari’s Pata Trava rosé pét-nat) and the Grace Jones (Fortaleza blanco tequila and Maison Mumm Petit Cordon brut NV).
The Romeo Lane takeover is the first of the Prince of York’s In Residence series, in which inspiring brands or people – anyone from restaurateurs and bartenders to musicians, comedians and photographers – are invited to bring their vision to Pamela’s. The aim of the program is to give up-and-comers a platform to share their work, and help foster a “more inspiring and inclusive Australia”. The next participants will be announced in the coming months.
Upstairs, the Prince of York – which opened on York Street last year – will be serving food from 4pm, so you can feast on its spaghetti in a bag with a side of minimal-intervention wine before heading downstairs to party all night. Pamela’s will even be taking reservations for booths, so no need to worry about missing out.
The Romeo Lane takeover happens on Saturday February 1 from 6pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.