231a Victoria Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney 02 9358 6116 www.thepassage.com.au
The Passage, which is swelling the ranks of Darlinghurst bars, is the first bar venture by Mark Eggers and Andy Emerson and Ed Loveday who have both worked for Keystone hospitality for years. The Passage’s site has has quite a history in hospitality that stretches back three decades. It was the site of the infamous L’Otel during the late 90s and early 2000s and more recently ElBarrio.
A long slender venue, The Passage has three distinct spaces. The first is the Victoria Street dining room featuring a 22 seater high communal dining table and a candle lit exposed brick wall. The second is ‘the passage’ – a long thin lounge room connecting the Victoria Street room to the Darlinghurst Road bar. A long one side of the room runs a nine metre plush chesterfield banquet lounge accompanied by marble topped tables and ottomans. The third room, and perhaps most important room, is the Darlinghurst Road bar – consisting of a long solid marble bar top with low hanging pendant lights complete with a built in DJ booth at one end.
Their wine list features approximately 30 wines in total with12 by the glass and is designed to be kept small, whilst still offering a few interesting varietals such as a Gros Mensang/Sauvignon Blanc from south-western France. Likewise The Passage boasts a simple one page cocktail list that regularly rotates. Favourites include the Coconut & Kaffir Lime Daiquiri and the Professor Plum (a vanilla plum pisco sour). The culinary offering features rustic share plates courtesy of Emmilou‘s Chris Cranswick-Smith.