Aha! Finally an excuse to go to The Owl House in Darlinghurst. I don’t know where my blog (or wardrobe) would be without birthdays, truly I tell you they would be desolate!
The bar is a slight little thing, just off the bustling William Street Friday afternoon congestion. We are warmly welcomed and decide to sit at the bar (rather than venturing upstairs) because we can't stay for long. Oh you should see this bar top for yourself - gorgeous recycled hardwood timber with loads of character and a glass top, very pretty.
The cocktail menu is concise but interesting, we order the Magic Cocktail and the Afternoon Refresher (I would tell you how the magic works but then the owls would hunt me down and carry me away in their talons). I will tell you this - for a cocktail with very few ingredients, it is exceptionally well-balanced, a very nice surprise indeed. Additionally, the Afternoon Refresher didn’t disappoint - I felt refreshed!
We ate the olives and nuts to start (four olives seems a little stingy in my opinion), and due to the quite small serving size we ordered the sourdough bread with za'atar as well. The bread was warm and chewy and portioned appropriately. To finish a few glasses of bubbles - I can't remember the name but we kept ordering so it was obviously quite nice.
Oh, and I loved the old books upstairs and in the bathroom, I just wanted to fossick through them all, what a nice personal touch! Makes you wonder who used to own them all…I wonder if they have One Who Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest or To Kill a Mocking Bird, no? I digress.
I imagine I will migrate back to this very sweet little owl soon, especially over the coming winter months..brr…
The Owl House
97 Crown Street, Darlinghurst