Situated next to Bourke Street School and just a stone’s throw from Bourke Street Bakery, Cowbell 808 is a funky spot taking the form of retro 80s flashback meets Surry Hills cool.
Owners Lennie Watts and Sean Demicoli named the venue after the Roland TR-808 drum machine, which was popular in the 80s amongst R&B and hip-hop artists for its electronic cowbell sound.
Their love of 80s music and culture flows through the place, with a hip-hop-inspired graffiti feature wall, basketball hoop and shelves lined with boom boxes, a record player and vintage roller skates. There’s even a solid collection of vinyl that staff and customers can choose from to create their own musical backdrop. Customers can even bring in their own favourite records to listen to while they grab a bite.
House blended organic coffee, breakfast and lunch dishes feature on the all-day menu, with some interesting options including chai rice porridge with poached pear and homemade coconut yoghurt with banana, as well as the staples of sandwiches, burgers and sweet treats. Nearly everything here is made fresh on the premises, from bread and cakes through to yoghurt and house-smoked bacon.