By Sacha Delfosse
The winning bar concept for Drambuie’s The Premise 2011 competition has been decided and will now be developed into a floating pop-up bar that will be unveiled to the public on October 6.
The winning design, The Dispensary, was conceived by Matilda Swan and Simon Connett, who were inspired by Drambuie’s rich history in folklore as a medicinal elixir to come up with their vision for a trendy apothecary-inspired bar.
"As the Drambuie story goes, bonnie Prince Charles Stuart requested the Royal Apothecary to develop a mysterious elixir of expensive, rare, and delicious herbs and spices to keep up his hopes and strengths during battle,” Connett says.
“The idea of creating a traditional apothecary, with a modern twist, evoked powerful design qualities for us, as well as tying in perfectly with the Drambuie story. Our bar will be a stylish and exclusive dispensary, set in a spectacular location that is designed to attract Sydney’s elite, where the Drambuie elixir can be tasted, savoured and dispensed once more.”
The fit out will combine Drambuie's classic style with modern elements and will feature dark recycled woods, supple leather bound club chairs and traditional apothecary-style cabinets invite relaxation.
Further decorative touches will include customised medicine drawers, recycled chemist bottles, traditional glass jars, mortar and pestles as well as old-world scales to complete the atmosphere of opulence.
“We want to showcase the intricate details and ambience of ‘The Dispensary’ throughout the drinks menu also, with a selection of delicious Drambuie cocktails featuring fresh herbs and fruits,” Swan explains.
“Many of these herbs we want to grow in the bar itself to stay true to the rich traditions of apothecary. Each of these exclusive concoctions will be versatile, making them perfect for both the cooler or warmer weather on stunning Sydney Harbour.”