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So, I have been revisiting Sydney on and off last year during my constant business travels from the UK, Europe and finally, Asia. Let me tell you, I’ve been to my fair share of pubs around the world, and although the Brits made it first, there is no bar in England that could measure up to the strength and raw ambiance of a true Australian bar.
Among a wide assortment of popular bars scattered across Sydney, lies a pub, or bar, or cocktail pub, whatever you want to call it, so charming in its unique essence that it made me want to share my experience and give the chance to all unsuspecting travellers to be blown away by this modern hipster masterpiece – Della Hyde.
Cocktails in Darlinghurst
A few days ago, I was revisiting my hometown and naturally, I had to devote some of my time to my friends. I suggested one of the regular joints, but a friend insisted we head out to Darlinghurst. Located at the end of Hyde Park, cornering Oxford Street is a retro/modern, grand hotel type of a bar, with periodic lighting and comfortable seating arranged in an intimate setting. I immediately fell in love with it.
Now, when I visit a pub I always take a seat at the bar first, to gauge the ambiance and assess the hospitality of the staff. A friend, let’s call him Nick, told me that they were quite famous for their signature cocktails, and although I was definitely planning on sampling their craft beers, I couldn’t pass a refreshing mixture of colour and flavour first.
Much to my surprise, the bartender was not faking his smile. Rather, he was genuinely friendly and interested in my taste preference, as he said, because he wanted to make me something I would particularly enjoy.
That was the first time in my life that I’ve tried a (I had to write this down) Hyde Salted Caramel Espresso Martini – a mixture of vodka, coffee liqueur, espresso, salted caramel and caramel popcorn. I know, sounds weird, but oh my God was that amazing!
I love coffee, and anything coffee flavoured, so this cocktail was like a guilty pleasure. It combined the feeling of an early morning coffee brew mixed with a shot of Friday night – simply amazing. There is a bunch of other cocktails to choose from by the way, and they change their offer every fortnight.
Craft beer and a boudoir finish
My post-cocktail menu of choice consisted of different brews of craft beer and probably the best bar food I’ve tasted on this side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Della Hyde was filled with energetic visitors all night long, listening and talking over the vibrant duo that started their repertoire somewhere around 9pm.
The combination of live music, unique craft beer tastes and steamed dumplings made me relax and enjoy my weekend in Sydney like never before, surrounded by friends and imbued with positivity. And speaking of craft beer, was it any good? Personally, I’ve grown tired of commercial beer flavours years ago, and while not every beer entrepreneur has been able to dazzle my palate, I always look forward to trying new and exciting brews.
I like to support local brewers, so I started my evening with La Sirene, enjoying its zesty kick, after which I moved on to something called New Henry’s and Mad River – all very different, all very tasty, but only one of them was a definite winner. It was the New Henry’s, so definitely try it out.
The captivating locale at 34 Oxford Street is definitely a place I would recommend not only to born and bred Sydneysiders, but also to young travellers looking for an amazing time, surrounded by enthusiastic people, friendly staff, loads of unique tastes and an intimate ambiance.
Definitely a must see in Sydney.