Though it’s always buzzing with everyone from students (UTS is right across the road) to day-drinking professionals, Chippendale’s The Old Clare Hotel is set to make the most of their weekends in Sydney with two curated events on each leisurely day. They’ve already launched their Saturday Sessions as of earlier this year, but next month the classy-casual venue will be sprucing up their Sundays with “Sunday Bloody Sunday”.
First up, The Clare’s Saturday Sessions gives the bar a chance to pay homage to it’s former dingy glory, propping up guest DJs in collaboration with Delta King Studios, all of whom have been tasked with spinning retro classics from 7pm well into the night. It’s an echo from the past, when the Clare and nearby Abercrombie (the original home of the legendary Purple Sneakers) dominated the strip with revelry and general good times. Throw in some inventive cocktails alongside the beers and wines, plus a few snacks and dishes served up by Kensington Street Social (cured meat platters anyone?) and you’ve got yourself a Saturday done right.
Then you’ve got Sunday Bloody Sunday kicking off from 2nd July, spinning towards a traditional hangover cure with $12 bloody marys from 12pm-4pm, with plenty of options from a dedicated menu that ranges from the classic, made with Kettle One vodka, a secret spice mix, red wine, cucumber, smoked salt, olive juice, lemon and black pepper, to creative little twists, like one with Johnnie Walker Black and bacon bits, and another with Don Julio Blanco tequila and agave. Non-drinkers will also get a foot in with Single O coffee and Virgin Marys.
Bar dishes and snacks for around $12 (think roasted chorizo sausage with piccalilli or a southern fried chicken burger) will also be on the agenda for the Sunday sessions up until 4pm.
The Clare Bar @ The Old Clare Hotel
Address: 1 Kensington Street, Chippendale
Hours: Mon-Sat 12pm-12pm; Sun 12pm-10pm