The most exciting bar openings of 2018

15th January, 2019 by Owen Bellwood

5. Nick & Nora’s, Sydney

Inspired by fictional murder-­solving duo Nick and Nora Charles, the newest venue from Australian bar operator The Speakeasy Group promises to bring the couple’s love for the good life into the modern day.

Nick & Nora’s champions cocktails, Champagne, Cognac and caviar from its vantage point 26 storeys above Sydney’s city streets. The venue boasts a harbour­-facing terrace and an 11­-metre-­long back bar that is home to 900 spirits and more than 50 Champagnes. The cocktail list features sections named in honour of guests who may have attended parties hosted by the Charleses, and includes: Femme Fatale, where imbibers will find Martini cocktails; Hollywood Starlet, which lists Champagne-based cocktails; and The Snitch, for Sours.

Drinks include the Burnt Butter Old Fashioned, mixing brown butter Ron Zacapa, Madeira, Benedictine and chocolate bitters.

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