Continuing Sydney’s seemingly insatiable thirst for innovative small bars and bespoke cocktail experiences, The Lobo Plantation has opened its doors today, located at 209 Clarence Street, Sydney.
The Lobo Plantation is a specialist rum bar, stocking over 150 hand-picked varieties from around the world – enough to give each of their patrons a different drop if they so desired, and is the brainchild of Sydneysiders Michael Hwang Eddie Levy and, with Jared Merlino as General Manager.
The faded grandeur of the The Lobo Plantation will combine the old-world glamour of 1950’s Cuba and the non-stop party vibe of the Caribbean with just a dash of European elegance, all fuelled by a unique selection of bespoke rum concoctions.
The Lobo Plantation is named after Julio Lobo, the legendary Cuban sugar baron who built two of the world’s finestcasinos there, dated a string of Hollywood beauties including Esther Williams for whom he reputedly filled his swimming-pool with perfume, and became a folk hero in Cuba for championing workers’ rights, before finally having to flee from Castro with just a small suitcase.
The bar interior is an homage to Lobo’s extraordinary life, which Sydney designer Josh Clapp from Taught By Blackhas reinterpreted, creating an urban hideout Julio would have been proud of – the ornate, vintage doorway is from Argentina, the bar is built from timber and brass using antique French shutters with a British Racing Green colourtone throughout the venue.
Patrons glide in past a vertical garden and down a stunning, curved staircase, which on egress reveals a unique mosaic comprised of flamingos tiled on to each step. Once inside The Lobo Plantation, guests will find themselves lounging on red leather Chesterfields with an intricate domed ceiling above and herringbone timber floor below, while a trip to the bathrooms will reveal beautiful mosaic tiles and custom built vanities with beautiful hand-painted basins.
The Lobo Plantation provides the perfect escape from the cold Sydney winter streets and creates the scenicbackdrop for a range of rum concoctions unique to Australia, with signature cocktails including:
Million Dollar No. 9
The Lobo Plantation’s twist on the Millionaire No. 4 cocktail, using Jamaican Appleton’s VX rum with homemade Lobo liqueur (stewed apples, skins and seeds, fresh cherries and almonds). Mixed with eau de vie, Mas deBressades Rose and sugar (slow cooked to a reduction), Sloe gin, lime juice and dash of grenadine. Shaken and garnished with homemade apple and cherry fruit roll up rolled in a million dollar bill, dipped in sherbet.
Matusalem Platino rum from the Dominican Republic, elderflower cordial, Cuilleron Roussanne VDP and orange bitters. Stirred and served in coupe garnished with a lemon twist.
A shared cocktail for two which consists of Cuban Havana 3 rum, Martell Cognac, Plymouth Gin, Orgeat (almond Syrup), orange juice, lemon juice and a Pedro Ximenez float. Served with smoking dry ice in an ornate silver jug and garnished with orange peel, cherries and mint.