Tucked away in an unmarked alley within the Sydney CBD you’ll find Assembly – an eclectic converted industrial warehouse space and the latest addition to Sydney’s bustling cocktail bar scene.
Drawing on inspiration from an old-school European manufacturing aesthetic, Assembly is a venue of playful contrasts; cosy chesterfield sofas and an intricately-designed wooden bar are paired with a charming grassy picnic setting out front, complete with beach umbrellas and a white picket fence where one can drink away the afternoon under bright natural light.
“We wanted to create a small green sanctuary in the middle of Sydney’s concrete jungle, but also a chilled out space where people can feel as comfortable as in their own living room, as they escape the hectic buzz of the city and unwind with a hand-crafted cocktail,” said Ben Taouss, Assembly General Manager.
“The bar has literally been “assembled” together with eclectic pieces of history. Instead of a bar top, we have used a century old bridge, and our staircase is an antique cast iron spiral from a factory in Europe. Vintage apple crates from a country farm in Victoria have been used to build the back bar, wooden forklift pallets form the room dividers, the dumb waiter is made from a garage door and the entrance lamps are from an old bomb-making factory in France.”
With intricate cocktails and a mouthwatering menu of seasonal share-plates, Assembly has an abundance of character and appeals to those looking for a stylish but edgy place to have dinner, lunch or even graze in between.
The tasty treats on offer range from a healthy selection of salads (including a delicious matching of quinoa and tahini, or home pickled beetroot and candied walnut), to more hearty dishes to soak up the booze, including pork belly sliders, braised sticky short-ribs and hot-dogs with a French twist.
Ben Taouss, the internationally renowned mixologist who started up Pocket Bar in Darlinghurst and many cocktail bars in Spain, London and France, has crafted a scrumptious cocktail list based on seasonal ingredients, robust classics and a quirky “Ambassadors List” that pays tribute to the (in)famous spirits brand ambassadors in Sydney. Assembly also boasts a substantial wine list – with 26 wines by the glass – and a selection of six beers including a long-neck designed by Ferran Adrià , the head chef of famed restaurant El Bulli in Spain. With a few pop-up shops and the dumpling queen “Miss Chu” set to open in the laneway within the next two months, Assembly is an inner-city sanctuary with premium food, wine and cocktails to suit any occasion.
Where: 488 Kent Street (within Regent Place) Sydney
Hours: Mon-Sat noon-midnight