THE OWL HOUSE
Sydney, New South Wales

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Good things come in small packages, or on small plates. The Owl House is a little hideout that is half bar and half restaurant. The menu of the bar-restaurant mash-up changes regularly and showcases an international mix of cuisines ranging from Japan to Spain. The prohibition era classics make for serious sipping and fit perfectly with the speak easy vibe.
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General info

Address:

97 Crown Street
Darlinghurst NSW 2011

Suburb:

Darlinghurst

Contact:

Cuisine:

Asian, Bar snacks, Degustation, Japanese, Mediterranean, Spanish, Vegan available, Vegetarian available

Price Range:

$$$$ ~ $$$$

License:

Fully Licensed (no BYO)

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How is it possible that a bar this good has slipped under the radar for so long? The Owl House has been open since 2010, yet somehow it hasn't garnered the trendy reputation of The Baxter Inn or Eau de Vie.

It makes no sense. The location on Crown Street (towards the William Street end) is equally unassuming, the prohibition-era cocktails are well-made, the service is five-star and the food is simply sublime - finally noted in the 2012 SMH Good Food Guide with an award for ‘Best Bar with Food'.

The converted Darlinghurst terrace house is a two-level affair, with an intimate 10-seater bar downstairs washed in neon-red and a small candle-lit dining room upstairs beyond the rickety wooden staircase. Upstairs dining is taken a little more seriously, so if you are seeking the charm and charisma of bar manager Owen Davies, solid conversation and a swizzle from owner Amir Halpert, then pull up a seat at the bar.

The eclectic menu by Roy Ner (formerly of ARIA) is a worldly mix with influences hailing from Japan, Spain and the Mediterranean. The list is divided into bar snacks, small dishes, larger dishes, cheese and desserts or there is also the possibility to indulge in a six-course degustation menu with matching cocktails.

The Owl House strikes a cordial balance between all the elements that have made Sydney's small bar scene such an exciting part of our gastronomic landscape. It boasts New York swagger, an eclectic cocktail and wine list with almost one half of its drops available by the glass, engaging barmen and seriously good food.
Sami-Jo Adelman

Specials & Events

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Functions

FUNCTION MENU
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MAX SEATING
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Features

Bar / Wine Bar
Late Night Dining
Light meals available
Suitable for Groups of 10
AWARDS
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Reviews

CHEF RECOMMENDATIONS
Jackie McMillan on 26/09/2014
The Owl House in Darlinghurst is one of those bars I'd rather keep to myself. Chef Roy Ner's cooking is magical (and so far beyond what you expect at a small bar) and New Yorker Amir Halpert is the consummate host. He even made me love the Cosmopolitan - by making it gently pink with his own house-made cranberry syrup. That said, my favourite post-work tipple is a Corpse Reviver for the way it washes the taste of a hard work day away.
Alvin Quah on 25/08/2014
An eclectic and charming restaurant and bar offering house made focaccia and an unsual hot punch made with Hendrick's Gin, spiced red cabbage reduction, Absinth, cinnamon and orange blossom water.
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