Alice, a new and sophisticated cocktail bar experience is coming soon to The Rocks in Sydney.
Located at basement level in the heritage-listed, former bond stores at 16 Argyle Street, Alice is an elegant cocktail bar and the newest addition to Hunter St. Hospitality’s portfolio of premium restaurants and bars.
The newly renovated, indulgent space is warm, fanciful, flirtatious and filled with feminine energy, with input from interior design agency, People of Design.
Guests enter via an ambient stairwell, the descent lined with rich velvet drapes, as smooth, lounge-bar beats drift up to street level. Downstairs, jewel-coloured, fabric-covered booths, banquettes, and bar-side seating create an elegant space for 65 guests, plus an intimate, 10-person, semi-private space that can be dramatically curtained off. Plum and burnt-amber accents, touches of gold, velvet and other soft fabrics and ostrich-feather lights create a world of adult-only decadence.
Channelling vintage glamour, Alice delivers an advanced cocktail program, elevated bar menu and exemplary service culture. The approach to drinks making is serious and advanced with a dose of fun.
The cocktail list at Alice includes clever twists on classics, signature drops and new creations. The Alice Spritz comprises Cocchi Americano, Prosecco and Raspberry Shrub; the Nitro Spumoni is a sweet-bitter-sour drink with Campari, Saffron Tincture, Tonic Reduction and Nitro Grapefruit; the Spicy Calavera combines Mezcal, Lime, Agave, Pineapple, Chilli and Coriander, and the Salted Mac Irish Coffee, blends Macadamia Fat Washed Connemara, Salted Macadamia Syrup, Espresso and a Cream Float.
Shared cocktails include the Bolero Punch and Peach & Myrtle Punch which come served in bespoke crystal glassware. Several non-alcoholic options are also available.
Over thirty French Champagnes feature on the drinks list, alongside a strong contingent of Australian and European wines, with representation of biodynamic, organic, vegan and preservative-free styles.
Taking inspiration from sister venues Rockpool Bar & Grill and Spice Temple, the bar menu comprises Sydney’s fine snacks, which are designed to accompany Alice’s sophisticated sips. A Caviar service is served with Tater Tots and Crème Fraiche. ‘Raw and Sliced’ dishes include Scallop Crudo with Gin, Olive Oil and Burnt Orange; Beef Carpaccio with Parmesan, Horseradish Cream and Capers; and Jamon with Pickled Cauliflower.
Alice joins recent openings in The Rocks such as Hickson House Distilling and Daintree Sydney. Hunter St. Hospitality Chief Executive Officer Thomas Pash said he was thrilled that the group’s plan to open a premium cocktail bar was finally coming to fruition.
“The Rocks is enjoying an incredible revival and it’s exciting to be contributing to the drinking and dining buzz with an incredibly unique destination like Alice.”
Alice cocktail bar opens on Thursday 8 September 2022.
Alice Cocktail Bar
Address: 16 Argyle St, The Rocks