The Cat’s Meow


52 Oxford Street
Darlingurst, 2010 NSW
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Opening Hours

SUN 5:00pm - 12:00am
MON 5:00pm - 12:00am
TUE 5:00pm - 12:00am
WED 5:00pm - 12:00am
THU 5:00pm - 12:00am
FRI 5:00pm - 12:00am
SAT 5:00pm - 12:00am

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  • Live Music
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the cat's meow

Just in time for the roaring 20s in a new century (and a new era without lockout laws), The Cat's Meow is a tribute to Darlinghurst circa 1920.

Nicknamed "Razorhurst", the suburb was a whole lot like Peaky Blinders' Birmingham—back then, the Darlinghurst was stacked with hustlers, playboys, and crooked cops who liked to sip champagne with Sydney's elite. Designed by Henderson & Co., The Cat's Meow has an opulent Art Deco vibe—think plush Prussian blue velvet and green marble with lots of brass.

There's a front bar (The Vault), with high ceilings and arched windows, and a library decorated with cut-throat razors and photos from Sydney's 1920s era underworld. There's also a hidden champagne room serving bubbles via a champagne trolly, as well as caviar and oysters.

The Cat's Meow's snack menu (a collaboration with Quay chef Camille Saint-M’leux) features a prawn cocktail with mustard foam, a classic Croque monsieur with truffle bechamel and crudités. Behind the bar is Kau Sampaio (Bar M) and Kwame Sinclair (Palmer & Co, Coogee Pavilion). 

And in real Gatsby style (the Baz Luhrmann version, of course), you can expect entertainment in the form of snake charmers, saxophonists, magicians, DJs and live music. 

Image credit: The Cat's Meow

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