I attended the now quite infamous launch of Cruise Bar's transformation last night, which was was planned around that famous scene from Sex & the City where Samantha covered herself with fruit and lay on a table waiting for Smith to come home.
There are some people furious about this 'fruit display' but personally it didn't offend me as they were models paid to do this, and it was their choice. I'm not turning this post into a debate about right or wrong, as far as I'm concerned it was a great night, Cruise Bar put on a fantastic party with plenty of food and drink. The venue is gorgeous with fantastic views and fruit or not, I'll be going back.
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Cruise Bar’s Three Levels
The Ground Floor is a garden-style oasis filled with greenery and hints of nautical décor. Hanging plants, a bar draped in artfully arranged mooring ropes and an amazing 12m living moss wall greet patrons taking their seats metres from the foreshore behind floor-to-ceiling glass. The lush outdoor garden area is also one of the very few places of its kind in Sydney to relax, drink and dine just footsteps from the harbour.
Here the internationally styled menu covers everything from mouth-watering charcuterie to succulent seafood. Grazing over prawn tagines, sliced sirloin and tasty bone marrow or baby snapper fillets while enjoying specially designed cocktail carafes, local beer and wine is already proving irresistible for visitors.
The Second Level "Junk Lounge" is a chic and sophisticated space. The oriental bar, is decked out with dazzling décor from eye-catching murals by world famous urban artist Fin DAC and a sleek copper-topped bar to glass buoys filled with Siamese fighting fish suspended above diners and pendant lights fashioned from fish traps scattered through the lounge area. Perfect for special occasions and nights out, the buzzy vibe is curated by mood lighting and some of Sydney’s most renowned DJs.
Junk Lounge offers a 24-seat communal dining table, hand-made from Oregon, as well as an elegant bar side area for reclining in colonial wooden chairs and a sunken window-side lounge. The uniquely designed Asian street food is the big drawcard here, with an extensive selection of exquisite Pan-Asian fare to choose from. Served tapas style, meals can be matched with creative cocktails unique to Cruise Bar, some infused with uniquely Australian flavours such as lemon myrtle and macadamia oil.
The Third Level “The Deck”, is almost double in size since its days as the VIP Bar for Australian Fashion Week. This space is first class, having played host to numerous functions over the years, from Ferrari to Cartier. The premium function area is ideal for any flavor of event, from product launches and corporate events, to weddings and its decorative potential is limited only by the imagination.
Master of menus is renowned chef Richard Slarp whose credentials include heading up kitchens of some of Sydney top restaurants such as Est and Saké Restaurant & Bar where his creations have been sampled by some of the world’s most revered, including U2, Lady Gaga and Heston Blumenthal.