What to expect when new Sydney bar Fortunate Son opens

Dylan Howarth and Jason Crawley are set open their first bar, Fortunate Son on Enmore Rd.

There’s a new bar set to open this month from two of the industry’s finest: Fortunate Son on Sydney’s Enmore Rd.

Fortunate Son is the first bar from longstanding collaborators and industry veterans Jason Crawley and Dylan Howarth, with great music being put front and centre.

“Music, everyone sat at the bar on soft high back swizzle seats, champagne, craft beers on tap, cocktails and music,” says Crawley, summing up the experience. “Did I say music twice?”

There’s a whole lotta knowledge in this bar: Crawley and Howarth have trained literally thousands of bartenders over the years, through their award-winning work with Mixxit many moons ago, and if you’ve ever had a good cocktail at an event it is likely because the duo’s events and consultancy business, The Drink Cabinet, was behind it.



Crawley was also recognised with the Outstanding Contribution award at the 2018 Bartender Magazine Australian Bar Awards.

Anyone who has spent time in their company will attest to some fast-talking banter, and that’s what they plan on bringing to the Enmore bar.

“Our approach is premium-fun, warm-friendly and unexpected-luxury,” says Crawley. “No real focus on any genre — just a whole heap of everything. And gourmet hot dogs.”

For those of you who haven’t witnessed a little bar magic — and we mean that quite literally — you’ll get to see two of the finest chat exponents behind the stick, as they’re coming “out of retirement,” Crawley says.

In terms of the atmosphere, they want Fortunate Son to be a true neighbourhood bar. Sat directly across the road from the Enmore Theatre and within stumbling distance to Jacoby’s Tiki Bar and Merivale’s Queens Hotel, expect it to be the kind of place that encourages you to stay a while and let the good times roll.

“To help paint a picture if you have been to Tales of the Cocktail, you will have been to Napoleon House and Alibi. It’s a decent mix of the two. Refined rock and roll with only the best beers on tap served in chilled handles.

You’ll be able to find Fortunate Son opposite the Enmore Theatre, at 105 Enmore Road Newtown. They plan to trade seven days a week from 5pm, open until midnight except for Sundays, when the close at 10pm.

Most of all you’ll be encouraged to enjoy yourselves. “[We’ll] have the capability to make anything people want, well. Our sound is designed to make you feel the music and hopefully sing along with us!” Crawley says.

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