The Print Room is a new wine and cocktail bar in the centre of Paddington’s fashion district. It brings Art Deco charm to the building it is in, which is also home to possibly the oldest pub in Paddington (it opened as The Rose and Crown in 1854), Durty Nelly’s. Owner Leeroy Petersen avoided overt publicity for the new venue, preferring to get a feel for what the area was looking for, first. “We’re getting a great following from all the locals in the area,” he says.
The bar’s style reflects the history of the building; interior design company Alexander & Co brought in leather couches, mirrors and chandeliers to recreate old-world charm. “I wanted to pay homage to what it was by keeping the old name [of the upstairs] and rebranding it a little bit,” says Petersen. “The stylist, Lucia Bram, brought in the props to give it an Art Deco feel.” Vintage prints from the venue’s past feature, hung in clusters along muted peach walls and typewriters and telephones are scattered around the space. There are areas for large groups and more intimate nooks, as well as an outside veranda. The centrepiece is the bar backed with a gleaming wall of bottles.
When ordering a cocktail, chat to the bartender, who will then tweak a drink to your liking with a focus on what’s in season. When spring arrives, a speakeasy tea and coffee menu will be on offer, as well as new specialty cocktails. Currently on the menu is The Paddington Bear, made up of Jack Daniel’s Honey, fresh ginger, lemon and a garnish of candied lemons; and Chanel No. 5 – a combination of Bombay Sapphire with bashed coffee beans, kaffir lime leaf, butterscotch and caramel, served in a martini glass. “We want people to feel comfortable, like you’re sitting at home and you want to relax and enjoy your time and not be rushed,” says Petersen.
As for food, there is a selection of meat and cheese boards, antipasto plates to share and corn bread with crab salad and guacamole. The wintery menu has included wild mushroom risotto, pork and mushy peas, scotch fillet steaks, duck breast, beef cheeks and lamb shanks. Menu items will change around as the weather warms up.
11 Glenmore Road, Paddington
Wed to Fri 3pm–late