Get ready to hold those pinkies out, round out your vowels and drape your cardies over them shoulders because the Darlo Country Club is now open. Brought to you by the cocktail mavericks behind The Lobo Plantation and The Island, Darlinghurst’s newest bar and diner is bringing that lust-worthy country club feel without any hint of pretentiousness.
Located in the old Victoria Room, it replaces the huge winter success that was The Chalet pop-up bar. Totally transformed, these guys have swapped out the fondue, mulled wine and chairlift for chestnut brown leather seats, chandeliers and beams splashed in a cactus green that totally brings that Palm Springs vibe.
Catering to groups of all sizes, it’s the perfect locale for your next date, debrief with the girlfriends or after work drinks. With banquette spaces that come with their own service button and a function space for up to 250 guests, it’s effortless luxury, meaning that you can spend more time catching up on the latest goss with your friends (namely Blair Waldorf).
And, of course, with Lobo Plantation’s Julius Yates manning the bar, the cocktails are a moment of drama in and of themselves, incorporating flames and smoke to make dining at the Darlo Country Club a full sensory experience. The Bubbarita is a bubble-gum take on a margarita complete with grape citrus foam and orange blossom flame while the Eton Fizz (a liquid version of Eton Mess—yummm!) will bring the inner aristocrat out of all of us.
That same richness features on their brasserie menu with equally as elegant dishes. The lobster and truffle mac’n’cheese is a signature choice while the kingfish ceviche and sliced scotch fillet, chimichurri and bitter leaf salad are both dainty and delectable.
Open from Wednesdays, it’s a touch of class and sophistication that totally makes us feel like saying things like “I had to fire my cleaner today” or “I can’t decide whether to holiday in Santorini or Positano this year, life’s so hard” just for sh*ts and giggles.
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