By Ian Neubauer
The Piano Room, a large-format Sydney cocktail bar that launched on Thursday night, has been lauded as a stylish yet unpretentious venue for ‘adult’ drinkers.
Comprising a cocktail lounge, supper club and caberet room, the Piano Bar is the sister venue of the Trademark hotel, directly under the iconic Coca-Cola sign in Kings Cross.
The high-profile launch was attended by numerous media figures, models and industry stalwarts, including Merivale CEO Justin Hemmes, TheShout’s editorial team and Will and Tobys co-owner and licensee, Toby Osmond.
“It’s a big space that is nice and dark with a Jackie Collins look; they should do really well,” Osmond said. “The design is clever and it will still work well on quieter nights when there’s not too many people there. You can find your own little area and get very comfortable.”
“It’s refreshing to see Sydney’s social hub host to a refined and relaxed atmosphere that brings back the class and charisma created by some of the world’s leading live musicians,” said Estetica editor, Cameron Pine. “The Piano Room has fashioned an environment rarely found in modern entertainment venues.”
“The Piano Bar is a novel addition to the buzz of King’s Cross — a breath of fresh air for Sydney’s elite to escape in an atmosphere fit for the late Ray Charles,” said Instyle editorial assistant, Lauren King, also present at last week’s launch.
Piano Room general manager, Simon Shaw, said the venue’s success was based on intelligent design and high-calibre entertainment.
“There has been such an emphasis placed on every minute detail — not only the design but the placement of the furniture and how you can discover little parts of the venue as you go though,” Shaw said.
“I think the entertainment is also a big factor in the success. It is not a typical venue with house music blaring out all night. The entertainment is piano based and with vocals and a softer style of music but with enough vibe to carry the atmosphere.”
The Piano Room trades from 5:00pm to 3:00am with live music seven nights. For bookings call 02 9326 0633.