Steven Woodburn

Sydney’s very own dedicated Negroni bar is now open later, with the venue launching extended trading hours Thursday to Saturday.

Owner Raffaele Lombardi says the decision came about as a means to provide guests with more freedom and options, which is the norm in many global cities.

“I split my time between Sydney and Italy and I’ve loved researching and exploring bars in Italy,” he says. “I wanted to bring these authentic experiences to Surry Hills.

“I’m proud to offer a true Italian venue where locals and visitors can come early in the morning for their daily coffee and pastry all the way into the night for dinner and a late-night digestive.”

Patrons will now be able to place orders up until 11:15pm as well as try dishes from an expanded menu from former Apollo chef Steven De Vecchi.

The chef has developed larger options that are now available including king prawn pasta with tomato sauce; octopus ragu; a 500g rib-eye, and squid ink spaghetti with scampi, heirloom tomatoes, and caviar.

“We have customers coming in after 10pm looking for a proper meal, so the choice to extend our dining hours will hopefully fill that gap in the market,” says Lombardi. “It’s the true Italian way, dining later in the evening.”

As always, complimentary aperitivo will be on offer throughout the evening and into the night, with snacks ranging from mixed olives and spiced nuts to focaccia with truffle mayo and mortadella.

Bar Conte is open Monday to Saturday.