The Langham’s Observatory Bar serves up striking cocktails in its new space

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The Langham Sydney’s Observatory Bar opens its doors this spring, providing visitors with a stunning new location to seek refuge from the bustle of the city.

Nestled in the heart of Millers Point, Observatory Bar provides guests with an intimate space to enjoy a meticulously curated cocktail or fine wine.

Observatory Bar James Magnussen & Rose McEvoy

Inspired by industrial technology and modern gastronomy, Observatory Bar’s manager David Green brings an element of the fantastical to the luxurious venue with his evocative cocktail menu set to tantalise your senses. Incorporating interactive elements and utilising quintessential Australian ingredients, Green fulfils his desire to “create an exclusive menu and experience that offers our guests the chance to try hard-to-find spirits, rare whiskies and gins, without having to leave Sydney.”

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Observatory Bar’s décor ties into its elegant surroundings; beautifully plush teal and cream lounges line the bar, interspersed with armchairs and ottomans in the same colour palate. Wooden and golden bar trolleys are scattered around the space, merging seamlessly with the back-lit bookshelves to make us feel like we’re at – an albeit more elegant – home.

Guests at Observatory Bar are encouraged to begin their beverage journey with the Green Ant Martini (Australian Green Ant Gin, Salt Bush, Lemon Myrtle aromatics and Green Ants) or Neap Tide (homemade finger lime sugar syrup, Ironbark distillery wattleseed gin, a splash of Australian sparkling wine, paperbark smoke, a garnish of Sydney rock oyster, fresh finger lime and violet), which both make use of Australia’s diverse flora and fauna such as sea asparagus and paperbark smoke.

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For the oenophiles among us, sommelier Julia Zhu has curated an extensive wine selection, incorporating rare and interesting bottles from around the globe. Catering to those who wish to enjoy the finest things in life, Observatory Bar offers vintage pours, including a 2009 Dom Perignon for $160 a glass.

Observatory Bar Green Ant Martini (2)

Accompanying Observatory Bar’s extensive beverage list is a delicious section of dishes created by The Langham’s Executive Chef Dave Whitting. Whitting’s menu features fresh, local produce and inviting flavours, with dishes designed to share. Though the menu derives inspiration from the oft-demanded ‘bar snack’, Chef Whitting says “we’ve reintroduced them with our own twist and flavour to ensure they make the perfect complement to our cocktails.”

Observatory Bar After Eight & Espresso Martini Popsicle

Green’s selection of intricate cocktails combined with Whitting’s selection of dishes served in the timeless venue that is The Langham Sydney’s Observatory Bar turns a classy night out into an all-encompassing sensory experience.

Tom Simpson