266 King St, Newtown
This two-level craft beer, natural wine and all-day dining space on Newtown’s famous King Street is one of the biggest venues – if not the biggest – in Australia dedicated to the full spectrum of craft beer and natural wine. The new site, is the latest offering from Odd Culture Group who also own The Oxford Tavern in Petersham, The Duke of Enmore, and Woolloomooloo’s Old Fitzroy Hotel.
Says Odd Culture Group GM James Thorpe: “Not really a bar; not really a fine dining restaurant; not really a craft beer venue; not really a cocktail bar; not really a natural wine bar… we don’t really know how to categorise it, but there is really nothing like it anywhere else in the world. The pool of talent that has come together to execute it in the bars, floor and kitchen is really second to none. You’re in for a real treat.”
“Not really a bar; not really a fine dining restaurant; not really a craft beer venue; not really a cocktail bar; not really a natural wine bar… we don’t really know how to categorise it, but there is really nothing like it anywhere else in the world.” – Group GM, James Thorpe
An all-star team has been rounded up to lead the venue – including head chef Jesse Warkentin (ex-Continental Deli), and sous chef Caleb Venner (ex-Continental Deli), who will both work alongside Odd Culture Group’s Executive Chef James MacDonald (ex-Hubert head chef).
Meanwhile, the bar and cocktail program will be led by Sam Paech (ex-Baxter Inn) alongside group beverage manager Jordan Blackman (ex-Chin Chin), with Katharine Crowe-Mai (ex-Rockpool) managing the restaurant and service.
Paech brings his extensive cocktail knowledge to the table with a strong focus on wild fermentation – think a ‘sour negroni’ with an oude kriek (Belgian sour cherry lambic) vermouth, lacto-fermented strawberry daiquiris and pineapple tepache made in-house.