Nicky Lobo takes the mystery out of Sydney’s newest bar
It’s been a while since Sydney has launched a real bar. Not a pop up bar, not in some back laneway, but a proper grown up venue. So it’s refreshing to experience Gotham, which brings a bit of old-school glamour to the Darlinghurst end of Oxford Street.
The downstairs area opens on to the street, making it the perfect place for people watching while enjoying a shared plate. The duck pancakes are nice but the Yakitori skewers (a carnivore’s delight in marinated lamb, chicken and wagyu beef) are excellent. The 6-strong cocktail menu is carefully constructed, with the Caramelised Nashi Pear and Sage Margarita cocktail an apparent favourite.
The upstairs area is relaxed and luxurious (and available for functions), featuring Chesterfield lounges and pressed metal walls. Intimate booths and a crimson leather bar complete the experience, with a giant Art Deco clock silhouette behind the bar providing a touch of New York glamour, or perhaps an ironic link to Batman’s fabled Gotham City.
Designed by Squillace Nicholas – responsible for Manly Pavilion and Hugos Manly – the aesthetic is vintage and modern at the same time. It’s an environment in which to be a little bit dressed up – whether it’s your status quo or you’re just playing at it for the night.