Keep your eyes out for The Rocks’ latest injection to the renaissance bar scene, with a sophisticated new cocktail bar, Alice making its entrance this September. Prepare to immerse yourself in a fairy-tale world of vintage glamour and subtle flirtatious energy that’s bound to make you feel all those romantic and decadent feels. True to The Rocks’ signature ambience, the bar is located in the basement level of the heritage-listed, former bond stores at 16 Argyle Street, and it forms the latest addition to Hunter St. Hospitality’s portfolio of premium restaurants and bars.
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The romance begins as soon as you step inside, entry via a stairwell adorned with velvet drapes that acts as a fitting foreshadowing of the night to come. Inside, you’ll see fabric-covered booths, banquettes, plum and burnt-amber accents, touches of gold as well as ostrich-feather lights combining to create an atmosphere of adult-only decadence, all set against the backdrop of some seriously smooth beats.
Despite the true one-of-a-kind decadence you’ll be met with, the drinks and food on offer remain the main draw card. The bar puts cocktails front and centre, taking an advanced yet carefree, experimental approach. Expect innovative twists on your favourites, like their Alice Spritz, which comprises Cocchi Americano, Prosecco and Raspberry Shrub and the oh-so moreish Salted Mac Irish Coffee, which blends Macadamia Fat Washed Connemara, Salted Macadamia Syrup, Espresso and a Cream Float. The bar menu is accompanied by an extensive selection of French Champagnes and Australian and European wines.
The impressive drinks menu doesn’t mean Alice compromises when it comes to food, with a carefully curated selection of delicious snacks on offer that are designed to complement your drinks experience. Taking inspiration from sister venues Rockpool Bar & Grill and Spice Temple, menu favourites include raw plates like Scallop Crudo with Gin, Olive Oil and Burnt Orange as well as small plates including Fried Chicken with Sichuan Salt and D.C.P Mayonnaise. For the hungrier among us, the menu has also a whole section of sandwiches, and before you say anything, they’re not your usual sambo – with fillings ranging from Pork Katsu and Cabbage to Pork and Fennel Sausage with Yellow Pickle. And don’t worry, they also have ice cream sandwiches.
Hunter St. Hospitality chief executive officer Thomas Pash says, “We have had our sights set on a high-end cocktail bar for some time, one that draws inspiration from the world’s best bars and the food offerings of our own premium restaurants, Rockpool Bar & Grill and Spice Temple. 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 opens on Thursday, 8th of September.