Before the lockout laws, so much of Sydney's nightlife revolved around Oxford Street. Now, the City of Sydney is working hard to bring it all back to life and we reckon a brand new bar called Hank's is the first sign of life.
It's led by Aaron Edwards of award-winning craft beer bar Bitter Phew, and you'll find it just beneath the genre-bending beer spot on Oxford Street. Hank's will be a no-fuss neighbourhood bar pouring minimal intervention wines, cocktails infused with Australian native ingredients, and own-label pale ales alongside house-made pizzas.
It's a bit of an all-star lineup with Lou Dare managing the bar (Charlie Parkers, Employees Only, Burrow Bar) and Anthony Lot (Alberto's, 10 William St) in the kitchen.
Dare has a perfect martini made with 23rd St Distillery gin from South Australia and Adelaide Hills vermouth, as well as a Sydney Spritz, which features a “driveway vermouth” made with weeds foraged from the Inner West suburbs of Sydney.
Lot's pizza menu includes a classic Margherita, a Soppressa with mushroom as a riff on the American-style Pepperoni, and some new-style pizzas such as the Nduja, ricotta, kale, and honey. You can also fill up on bar snacks like deep-fried pickled artichokes and Venetian-style meatballs.
As for the beers, the house-brewed First Round Pale Ale and the Shotgun Lager will both be available on tap and in cans.
Hank's will open on Wednesday 20 October, 2021.
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