Merivale prepares for whisky bar opening

10 November, 2015 by
Danielle Bowling

Merivale is about to launch J&M, with the intimate whisky bar on level two of the Angel Hotel officially opening its doors on Wednesday 11 November.

J&M will first launch as a Chivas Regal showcase and will “bring to life the meticulously blended flavour notes of Chivas 18 to create a unique, sensory whisky experience in Sydney’s CBD,” a statement from the Sydney hospitality group reads.

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J&M is a tribute to the late Mr. John Hemmes, his wife Merivale (pictured below) and their multi-level fashion outlet House of Merivale that once resided at the historic hotel and was home to one of John and Merivale’s first forays into hospitality, with a restaurant and espresso bar located on level two. 

The eponymous bar plays homage to the building’s rich fashion history with interiors which reflect the intense, warm and indulgent flavours of Chivas 18 – rich green velvets, sleek brown leathers and copper accents. J&M boasts luxurious chesterfield sofas and a long glass bar, alongside its hero feature – a specially imported drinks trolley named ‘The Sidecar’, a collaboration between Moore & Giles and barman Jim Meehan.

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The bar also features bespoke haberdashery cabinets filled with the ingredients that make up the rich, multi-layered aromas of Chivas 18 including dried fruits, toffee and dark chocolate.

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Guests can enjoy the personal trolley service or sit by the bar to taste exclusive whiskies not available for purchase anywhere else in Australia. J&M also offers an ever-changing list of specially-crafted cocktails such as the ‘Modern Gentleman’ – Chivas Regal 18yo, Antica Formula, burnt oak and apricot infused Campari and cold drip ice sphere; the ‘POPSCOF’ – buttered popcorn washed Chivas Regal 18yo, salted caramel syrup, bitters and Himalayan salt; and the ‘Blood and Marie’ – Chivas Regal 18yo, Cynar, Cherry Heering, Antica Formula, pink grapefruit and cherry dust.

A short food menu will also be available, offering a selection of small dishes to enjoy with a cocktail before or after dinner.

J&M forms part of Merivale’s aggressive expansion plans for early 2016, with seven other concepts to launch by February.

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