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The Fine Craft of Drinking is Revived at Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Sydney's Rocks precincts has just become an even more desirable meeting place, with the addition of the neighbourhood's newest local - GRAIN - a bespoke bar by Four Seasons Hotel Sydney.
Stunningly positioned overlooking George and Alfred Streets at Circular Quay off the hotel's lobby, GRAIN combines an overwhelming collection of fascinating artistic and design elements with a cosy year-round indoor/outdoor feel.
Helmed by Bar Manager, David Ramos Hernandez, GRAIN is dedicated to the journey of 'The Fine Craft of Drinking' - from hand-crafted local tap beers by specialist brewers to a largely organic and biodynamic wine list and roving international cocktail list with a contemporary twist.
Hernandez is an intuitive international bar manager with a canny knowledge of the Sydney market. He latterly set up and managed popular small bar, Low 302 in Surry Hills. His credits also include The Argyle, Bayswater Brasserie and Sydney's famed Longrain.
GRAIN'S drinks list reads exotic: Pink Lady, Charlie Chaplain, Left Hand, Diamondback Lounge, Eastern Promise and Royal Bermuda Yacht Club. Equally the beer menu is expected to enthral all hop specialists, including a bespoke GRAIN lager, sure to create a new wave of bar habitués.
Chef Hamish Ingham - also an import from Surry Hills who owns popular eatery Bar H - worked closely with Hernandez to match cocktail, wine and beer lists with fine bar food. The unique menu includes the likes of Deep Fried Old Man's Saltbush with aioli, oysters by Steve Feletti, yabbies with lemon and herbs, and GRAIN'S own dry aged beef short rib burger.
Designed by award-winning architect Michael McCann, GRAIN brings a strong local bar feel to the city's harbour front. It sports an eye-catching central island bar clad in giant curved slabs of sustainable Queensland Blackbutt timber over a frosted glass inner core. Other highlights include a floating up-lit bottle wall, large grained wooden artisan entry doors giving access directly from George Street as well as the Hotel lobby; a large central fireplace, and retractable glass windows which open to views of the Quay over a beautiful native garden. There are also commissioned artworks that reflect the personality of the bespoke venue.
"GRAIN is a meeting place for locals and hotel guests to enjoy hand-crafted, lovingly prepared food and drinks day and night. It's a bar that pays homage to the origins of alcohol and the intricate grains in the hand-made timbers. As they say, anything worth waiting for takes time and we hope you will spend a little time with us at GRAIN", said Four Seasons Hotel Sydney General Manager, Vincent Hoogewijs.
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