There's nothing quite like a quiet after work tête-à-tête over a few rounds of adult beverages in the civilised surrounds of a five star hotel lobby cocktail bar. In my mind there is no better example of such a place to relax as The Observatory Bar at Sydney's Langham Hotel on Kent Street - a cosy homage to all things astronomy as a nod to being located just a hop skip and a jump from Sydney's Observatory.
As it would happen, Sydney Scoop was fortunate to recently attend the Bar's 1st birthday celebrations. Being a Friday night visit we saw first hand some of the special offers that the Langham has in store for visitors to the bar.
First up we were entertained by a musical duo consisting of a soloist and an accompanying musician.
Secondly, we had the guys from Archie Rose serving an informative and generous tasting of their spirits (gin, vodka, whisky). The reason for the guest appearance by Archie Rose relates to the monthly collaborative takeovers of the bar by local distillers of fine liquor. As well as being able to taste Archie Rose spirits neat, bar guests could also taste them in one or all of the six cocktails especially concocted for the night - three created by The Observatory Bar staff and the other three by Archie Rose. For lovers of rum, don't miss out on the next collaborative takeover (to be held on Friday, 22 November from 6pm) with Brix Distillers. Guests to will be able to indulge in tastings as well as an array of rum based cocktails such as mojitos and daiquiris that can be purchased from the bar. A few inventive special cocktail concoctions will also be available.
Thirdly, and most importantly for guests to The Observatory Bar Monday to Friday from 4pm to 7pm, a super list of beverages could be purchased at Twilight Happy Hour prices. Sydney siders can now enjoy the beauty of a daylight savings twilight wine, beer or cocktail at a very affordable $7. can Why not go a fabulous Observatiry Bar Negroni, a refreshing Aperol Spritz, or a Barrel Aged Old Fashioned on the cocktail front (all a huge bargain at only $7). Looking for a wine? You can choose from a Hunter Valley Semillon, Hunter Valley Chardonnay, Hunter Valley Shiraz, or a Tyrells Sparkling. Beer drinkers can opt for the truly local offering of Sydney Beer.
Smart Sydney movers n shakers will make the Langham's Observatory Bar their go to venue this spring/summer. You'd be hard pressed to find a more classy and cosy cocktail bar doing table service at an exceptional Twilight Happy Hour price Monday to Friday 4pm to 7pm, with the added bonus of an exciting monthly Friday collaborative takeover.