101 George St
Swillhouse has launched a pop-up summer wine bar in the former site of Phillip's Foote before renovating the historic pub.
Sydney hospitality mainstay Swillhouse has just announced its latest venture: taking over 101 George Street's Phillip's Foote and transforming it into a sleek wine spot inspired by bars in Europe. But, there is a catch — the grand opening of the newly dubbed venue, Le Foote, is still a while off.
"We've got a bit of work in front of us, council submissions and heritage approvals, then a few months of building before the place is ready to open. We think that this whole process will take a little over six months to complete," Swillhouse Owner and CEO Anton Forte said.
While the collective has big plans for the historic building, in the meantime, Phillip's Foote will be treated to a proper send-off with a temporary pop-up bar set to celebrate the historic pub this summer called 101 George St. The summer bar is serving cured meats, hand-selected cheeses, pickles jarred in house and olives alongside an exciting drinks list.
The collective responsible for beloved Sydney venues including Restaurant Hubert, Shady Pines, Frankie's and Alberto's Lounge promise a short but eclectic mix of popular and more obscure wines sourced from Europe and Australia. Swillhouse also has an affinity for beer, collaborating with breweries in the past to create their own unique brews, will also be on show.
Creative Director Jordan McDonald says the beers on offer at 101 George St is "a selection of specialty summer beers" with Swillhouse's Stone Brewing collaboration "pulling into port from San Diego just in time for opening".
If you keep your eyes on Swillhouse's social media, you might also be able to catch some spontaneous live entertainment at Phillip's Foote, with Creative Director Jordan McDonald promising "special appearances and last-minute announcements".