The Lobo Plantation’s Michael Hwang and Eddie Levy together with The Island’s Adam Abrams and Julian Tobias have opened a cocktail bar and diner, Darlo Country Club in Sydney’s Darlinghurst.
Drawing inspiration from Californian country clubs, Darlo Country Club resides in the space where Victoria Room once operated.
The operators launched the concept following the success of their winter pop-up bar, The Chalet.
Designed by TomMarkHenry, the space offers seven metre high ceilings which house cactus green beams, and walls clad with soft linen panelling. Bursts of colour, brass elements and planting also help to create a comfortable ambience. Over 100 metres of rope has been used in a wall feature, and the pastel pink entrance is decorated with a six foot custom chandelier.
The venue’s six banquettes each have a call button, ensuring timely and efficient service for patrons.
Darlo Country Club has intimate areas for smaller groups as well as function spaces for up to 250 people.
Julius Yates from the Lobo Plantation has also joined the team, creating a cocktail list that incorporates classics, but with a twist of theatre, including – in some instances – flames and smoke.
The brasserie menu includes a signature lobster and truffle mac n’ cheese; kingfish ceviche; and sliced scotch fillet with chimichurri and bitter leaf salad.
Darlo Country Club is open Wednesday 5pm–12am and Thursday to Saturday 5pm–2am.