Well, they say that good things come to those who wait. Those who have waited for Old Mate’s Place to open in the Sydney CBD — since we first wrote about it back at the start of September 2017 — will be rewarded tonight when the city’s newest rooftop bar officially opens the doors.
The ownership trio of Gabrielle and Andres Walters and Daniel Noble hold some top-flight hospo pedigree: you may know Andres from his work at The Lobo Plantation and Kittyhawk, and from the barware supply company he owns with Gabrielle, BarGeek; Daniel Noble you’ll know from many bartending competitions and his time at Ramblin’ Rascal Tavern and most recently, Jangling Jack’s.
Located on the top floor of 199 Clarence Street, Sydney, the bar is set over two levels — on entering the bar you’re greeted with a generous back bar stocked with all the things you want to drink (whiskey and rum being two of the crew’s favourite things and well represented on the shelves), and you’ll ascend a staircase to reach what we expect will be the big drawcard come summer: the rooftop bar in the heart of the CBD.
They recently announced that Adam Cork (whom you may recall from profiles in such magazines as this one, and whom previously managed Kittyhawk and has also done time at Ramblin’ Rascal Tavern) as their bar manager, and you’ll be greeted by Jess Hammond (ex-Big Poppa’s) on the floor, so you know you’re going to get some friendly hospitality to go with your drinks (and a fair whack of fun too, we’d wager).
Old Mate’s Place opens today — take a look at the images below, get in there, and enjoy the show.
Old Mate’s Place
Level 4, 199 Clarence Street, Sydney.
Tuesday to Saturday 5pm to 2am, Sunday 2pm – 2am.