16 O'Connell Street, Sydney NSW 2000
New bar in town
“The Carter is a art deco heritage listed venue located in the heart of Sydney's CBD with 3 bars and 2 restaurants over 3 levels. Formerly home to BANK OF NSW & now the carter with a middle eastern menu suited for our main bar and a american soul food menu in the basement.”
I remember when this used to be the Bavarian Bier Cafe and after that was Swine & Co. Now The Carter has emerged. Let's hope it can make this heritage venue work with its extensive use of gold coloured scaffolding that makes it look like a construction site come night club come pole dancing studio. There's ample seating around the bar and cosier sections upstairs on your way to the toilets which are noticeably small and squishy in comparison to the vast bar space. Tried the cocktail 'Thief in the Night' - Thyme & Citrus Infused Absolut La Poire, Littet Blanc Aperitif, Citrus ($23). It's a pricey one and the citrus flavour is pretty intense for me with nothing in the mix to balance so wasn't quite to my liking and wouldn't order again. I'm thinking I should have stuck to my usual negroni although I do like the sound of the Pistachio Espresso Martini so might hit that one up next time. Complimentary prawn crackers were distributed around the tables at the time which were well appreciated. Freshly fried and seasoned they were a real treat. Hopefully they'll keep providing these for patrons. A good way to keep them thirsty to order more drinks me thinks. Service was friendly and it's hard not to love the grand high ceiling in this place. The Middle Eastern menu looks good and seems reasonably priced as well for a casual feed.