Pulling inspiration from Dashiell Hammett's novel The Thin Man and its fictional sleuthing characters Nick and Nora Charles, the sophisticated space is an homage to the roaring 30s. The site is still under construction, so expect an opulent fit-out, lavish art deco touches and a whole lot of Champagne. There will be room for an impressive 300 people, with a sprawling terrace boasting views across the CBD and Sydney Harbour.
Even so, you can rest assured booze isn't taken lightly — the back bar selection will run to a hefty 900 spirits, while climate-controlled fridges are stocked with over 50 Champagnes from the world's most celebrated houses.
The cocktail offering will be as tight as you'd expect from these pros, with a 30-strong list featuring multiple variations of martinis, sours and Champagne-infused sips. And we can't wait to see what delicious mischief the bar gets up to with its five liquid nitrogen stations. As for the food, expect an offering that holds its own against the plush vibe and ritzy drinks lineup — fine cheese and charcuterie, top-quality oysters and some of the world's best caviar promise an all-round opulent affair.
The bar is part of Parramatta's huge V by Crown complex, which features a luxury 72-suite hotel, residential apartments and restaurant Husk and Vine. It's a big opening for the area — and one that may kick off a bar boom.
Nick & Nora's will open at Level 26, 45 Macquarie Street, Parramatta, from early September. We'll let you know when we have an opening date.