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 Ananas opens in the Rocks

Hype surrounding Sydney’s newest hotspot was not unfounded with the star-studded official opening of Ananas Bar & Brasserie in the Argyle complex in early October.

The heritage-listed building retained its old world charm with vintage interiors reminiscent of New York City’s iconic Balthazar restaurant. Pineapple hanging lamps, hand painted tiles and a pewter counter leading into the oyster bar became.

Male hosts clad in suit tails greeted guests and glamorous female hosts draped in lavish sequined gowns and 1920s flapper curls mingled elegantly, encapsulating the evening’s theme of decadent French Mediterranean glamour.

The night spared no luxury, affording guests blood orange cosmopolitans, free-flowing magnums of Veuve Cliquot and their signature cocktail Absolutely Ananas. Dainty tins of caviar were offered with miniature spoons for an authentic touch.

Michelle Martinez stole the show, perching on the bar in a dazzling golden gown serenading guests as streamers fell from the ceiling and sparklers blazed the night away.

Ananas bar is open from midday during the week and 4pm on weekends, with the brasserie serving until midnight Sunday – Wednesday and until 3am Thursday – Saturday for those after a late night supper. 
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Cocktail Connoisseur


 The five finalists from states around the

  Gem Cherrie, Pauly Neyland and James



The much-anticipated Suntory Cup final had a bit more twist than shake to it this year. Held as the Cocktail Connoisseur at The Loft on November 8, it was members of the public that were invited to sample and judge signature cocktail creations from the five state finalists and help unearth the next biggest star in bartending.


The competing bartenders were selected following a gruelling round of preliminary judging, which involved a series of blind tastings by 100 of their peers according to appearance, taste and aroma, whittling down more than 600 entrants to five finalists in each state. Though Sydney might have been filled with chilling rain on the night, competition was hot. Attendees took part by dropping their “tip chips” into the jar of the bartender who they considered to be the most engaging host and the creator of their favourite cocktail of the evening. But it was Paul Neyland of Mildura, who took out the national title with his aptly titled cocktail creation, ‘Pauly’s Paradise’. Pauly won the trip of a lifetime to visit the best cocktail bars of Paris and distilleries throughout France with $1,000 spending money.


Club Suntory Manager, Nigel Weisbaum said: “This is the first time that Suntory has opened up judging of our annual Suntory Cup competition to discerning cocktail drinking members of the public. ‘Pauly’s Paradise’ was a clear crowd favourite on the night, although his competitors put on a fine show.”


Second place was awarded to Gem Cherrie for her ‘Zen Iced Tea Margarita’ creation, while James Bator came runner up with his ‘Lemon Melon Kicker’. The Myall High Club and X-Factor 2010 finalist, India Rose Madderom provided some smooth sounds for the night


Pauly’s Paradise Glass: Highball Garnish: Pineapple wedge Method: Shake and strain Ingredients: 30ml Lejay Lagoute 20ml Passoa 10ml Paraiso 30ml lime juice 60ml pear juice 60ml guava juice





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