Brought to you by owner Timmy Maxwell, who has enlisted bartender Dee Stewart (ex-Red Lily and The Carrington), Kubrick's is the newest addition to the inner east's bar scene. As for the name of the bar, Maxwell admits to being a huge fan of the late director. “Stanley Kubrick created abstract pieces, but he did it professionally and was always technically correct,” says Maxwell. And after securing a space for his bar on Stanley Street, the name seemed to make even more sense.
The old terrace has been completely renovated – but the bar-by-numbers manual has been thrown away. “We wanted to create something different; we didn't do taxidermy animals on the wall,” says Maxwell. The slender room is light and airy, with white walls punctuated by metal wall sculptures from Bondi artist Dion Horstmans. Andeol Textiles has refashioned some of its silk scarves for the light shades, and the angular murals are by Newtown artist Jerry Washington. The rear courtyard's showpieces are a lush green wall of ferns and a dazzling chandelier.
At the bar, there's a solid selection of ales including Negra Modelo, Stone & Wood and McLaren Vale. Most of the wine list is biodynamic, with drops from Australia, France, Germany and Spain on offer. In a nice touch, all are available by the glass, and all are the same price. Cocktail wise, Stewart has put together a list of classics with a twist. The bar's signature tipple, the Kubrick Fizz, has gin, grapefruit liqueur, rosemary agave, fresh lemon, ginger beer and apple.
Eats in the form of cheese plates, panini and charcuterie come courtesy of Salt Meats Cheese in Alexandria – there's a shiny meat slicer afforded a prime position at the bar. It sits near the record player, which is attended to by Maxwell and his crew. The whole package is fresh and fun.
79 Stanley Street, East Sydney
(02) 9360 0360
Wed to Thu 5pm–midnight
Fri to Sat 4pm–midnight
Sun to Mon 5pm–midnight