Set in Centennial Park at the Paddington gates and enclosed by white picket fences, The Park is a new pop-up bar helmed by Pelicano’s Tim Holmes á Court, Daimon Downey and The Island’s Julian Tobias and Adam Abrams.
Here, the glitz of the eastern suburbs meets relaxed country style. White garden furniture is dotted around the grass, fairy lights are strung in the trees, the Pelicano blue and white stripes are easy to spot and hay bales prop-up the bar. “A country party in the city, that’s what I want to go for,” says Holmes á Court. And with the DJ playing great tunes, the bar’s laidback atmosphere and a troupe of kids and dogs running around, it really feels like he’s achieved what he set out to.
The rustic feel extends to the food offering, with wholesome country cooking for city tastes. Either an entire lamb or pig is roasted on a spit on Saturdays and Sunday, it’s usually ready around 2pm, but don’t wait too long or you’ll miss out, as it gets snapped up very quickly by patrons who have been watching it roast from afar. If you’re there for lunch, get creative and craft your own cheese board from a plentiful selection of breads, cheeses and accompaniments, or try chicken on the bone with a panzanella salad of crisp croutons, tomato and basil leaves. The menu changes depending on the time of day, so it’s ideal for repeat visits.
The cocktail list is small but fits the bill with classics like the Bloody Mary, or for something a little different try the English Godmother (a blend of Elyx vodka, elderflower syrup, cloudy apple juice and cucumber). All cocktails are available in a giant jug if you’re drinking with a crowd.
Wed to Sun noon–10 pm, until June 2.