Cocktails, art and music. This perfect mix does exist.
Located in the middle of Sydney’s CBD, Since I Left You small bar offers a chilled-out trendy space to impress your friends and colleagues. The cosy, art deco-style bar, is run by two friends, Nick and Elvis, where their ethos is all about good drinks, good food, good art and good service.
To celebrate the bar’s fourth year of running, Since I Left You has brought to its courtyard a new five-storey mural by one of Australia’s most prominent global street artist, Fintan Magee. The impressive 18 metre tall portrait titled “The Torch Carrier” (picture below) will loom over the rear courtyard of the bar. Co-owner Nick says that the unveiling of Fintan’s new artwork marks a new era for Since I Left You, and feels the mural will breathe new life and personality into the bar’s unique courtyard space.
Fintan states that the “The Torch Carrier” is about environmental destruction, and is a continuation of his recent body of work that touches upon his personal experience of the Brisbane flood along with other broader issues of climate change. The artwork represents man’s role in climate change and symbolises the link between global warming and the increased frequency of bushfires in Australia.
The painting, which took 5 days for Magee for complete, saw him successfully push the boundaries to large-scale artworks in an urban environment. Magee has been commissioned to paint in over 25 cities around the world including street art hot spots in Australia we may be familiar with, such as Newtown in Sydney and Fitzroy in Melbourne.
Alongside the new mural kicking off the new bar’s space, Since I Left You has launched their new Spring/Summer food and cocktail menu featuring six new cocktails, including one especially named after the mural. The menu also brings a selection of new summer wines including the 2014 Ackemann Rose d’Anjou from France, the 2013 Charlies Patch Pinot Gris from Adelaide Hills, and the 2014 Laya Garnacha/Tintorera/Monastrell from Spain.
The Torch Carrier (pictured below left) consisted of Aged Pisco, Apricot Brandy & Agave Syrup, shaken and topped with a dash of bitters. Named after the artwork, Nick and Elvis cleverly gives the cocktail its personality, reflecting Magee’s expression of climate change through the finishing touch of the burning gum leaf. Being a native flora of Australia, the eucalyptus intentionally draws into the Australian setting, and the active burning of the leaf reminds us of the Australian summer and the associated scent of bushfires.
Nothing but the Spritz (pictured above right) was a mix of 4 Pillars gin, Aperol and Agave, shaken, and topped with sparkling. The addition of the blood orange drew out the flavour of the 4 Pillars and the sparkling lightened up the drink with a touch of fizz.
John Frum (pictured below left) consisted of Cargo Cult Spiced Rum, Canton Ginger and Licor 43, shaken with mint and lime juice. This particular cocktail came with an interesting history lesson which left the cocktail even more memorable. This cocktail was my second favourite of the night.
John Frum consisted of a rum called Cargo Cult Spiced Rum sourced from Ramu River Valley in Papua New Guinea. The cocktail name references events originating from South Pacific Islands during WW2 where a quasi-religion called Cargo Cults was formed by the islanders, worshipping a man they called John Frum depicted to bring wealth and prosperity to those who follow him.
Coyote (pictured above right) consisted of Don Julio Reposado tequila, Chamberyzette Dry Strawberry Vermouth and 2 drops of Balsamic which balanced the flavour of the tequila. The cocktail was finished with a floating rosemary leaf on top to add a hint of savoury notes.
Cocktails were amazing, but don’t miss out on the bar food here. The new Spring/Summer menu includes a variety of nibbles, a choice to build your own crostini, SILY cheese fondue, gourmet toasties, seasonal homemade specials and desserts.
A bowl of Nick’s famous Guacamole served with Corn Chips were more than enough for two to snack over while we sip on the cocktails. To fill your stomachs up, it would be silly to pass on the SILY Smoked Ruben Sandwich which comprised of smoked wagyu, sauerkraut, russian dressing and Le Superbe Swiss gruyere served with a side of cornichons. Glad we didn’t, because it was so delicious we found ourselves comparing it to the infamous Katz’s Delicatessen in New York.
Since I Left You is not only about cocktails, it is about the cultural mix of music, art and food all in one. Their funk and soul music playing in the background provides a relaxing atmosphere whilst keeping your feet tapping. Since I Left You has the perfect space to relax and unwind for after work drinks or for catching up with friends. The space is also available for a function or event where they can cater to your theme of choice. If you are passionate about art and music, be sure to hit up the venue to view artworks of emerging artists displayed each month or emerging local musical talent at the bar’s Garden Stage in the courtyard each week.