In Sydney going out-out, the kind of out that is actually out, where you may or may not make a few questionable life decisions (all totally worth it, of course) and have a long thread of complete LOL group text messages the following morning, don’t come as easily as they once did.
So, when you find a bar in Sydney that makes you feel like you’re out, but where you can also have a pretty awesome dinner and not have to change venues to dance off your steak tartare, we had to let you guys in on all the juicy deets, stat.
Behold, Darlo Country Club.
Atop the lavish staircase on Victoria Street you will be instantaneously transported to California, a Californian Country Club, to be exact, with beams of cactus green, high ceilings, just enough brass elements to be so hot right now and waiters in head to toe polo whites (the team here are in fact total inspo when it comes to nailing that chilled west coast vibe).
Book yourself a booth and snuggle in because you are going to be here a good while. To kick things off, we suggest ordering a range of starters and yes, you may need two plates of the mac and cheese croquettes because you won’t want to share. There’s marinated olives, bluefin tuna poke with pickled ginger mayonnaise and radish on nori crackers, a damn fine cauliflower hummus with goats curd, crudité and fried pita bread and one decadent steak tartare to get your tastebuds ready.
Once you’ve snacked on a range of tasty morsels, move yourself on to something more substantial, with half a free range fried chicken, complete with maple butter and chicken gravy or the burger with house made wagyu patty, pickles, streaky bacon and gruyere with everyone’s favourite fries, truffle parmesan. The vodka linguine is a match made in heaven, with a spicy tomato vodka sauce and all the required parmesan, as are Nonna’s veal and pork balls with passata, salted ricotta and house made herb focaccia.
If you’re after something a little lighter (that goes more with your outfit) you can opt for the grilled chicken paillard of herbed chicken breast, waldorf salad, candied walnuts, a generous crumbling of blue cheese, diced crispy apples and finished with crimson grapes or the seared scallops with roasted golden beets, sweet potato chips, fennel and ginger.
For dessert you need to go sharesies in David Chang’s world famous crack pie with buttermilk ice cream, a chocolate marshmallow smore with peanut butter ice cream, or both, before you work it all off on the DF.
While the food is a definite reason all on its own to plan your next night out at DCC, the cocktail list is a hero in its own right. From their effortless mastery of classics like the negroni, to house specialties like La Cereza Ahumado, or the smoky cherry with mescal amores, cherry herring, pink grapefruit, sherry and balsamic, you will want to start at the top and work your way down. There’s also an extensive wine list and bottle service, so you can rest assured that whatever your flavour you’ll be well catered for.
When it comes to dinner and dancing at Darlo Country Club, it’s a big yes from us. Get down to this bar in Darlinghurst stat, and don’t skimp on the mac and cheese croquettes.
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Image credit: Federica Portentoso