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Led by Bennelong alum, Canterbury Leagues Club's rooftop cocktail bar offers lavish cocktails and plenty of Belmore spirit.
By Nishika Sharma
August 22, 2023
By Nishika Sharma
August 22, 2023

Canterbury-Bankstown can feel a bit lacking in all things luxe — and if you live in this pocket of southwest Sydney and have found yourself wondering why lavish dining has felt a bit out of reach, your queries have been heard and answered. Bringing this dose of luxury to Sydney's west is Bartega, an artisanal cocktail bar hidden inside the Canterbury Leagues Club.

Venture to the western burbs and you'll find an injection of dining destinations in Belmore's local hospitality precinct — with one of Sydney's top yum cha joints, The Dynasty, residing alongside this sleek bar and restaurant.

The crown jewel of the leagues club's multimillion-dollar revamp is located high above Bridge Road, seating up to 60 guests comfortably on its cosy lounges. Its elegant fitout, designed by the renowned studio Atlis Architecture, boasts an al fresco dining area on the adjoining balcony and a stunning marble bar inside, which acts as an eye-catching centrepiece for the space.

Bartega offers a variety of elevated snacks on its canapé-style menu — from the Mediterranean-style cauliflower popcorn with sumac seasoning and garlic tahini to the sticky pork belly bao buns, you'll discover a range of flavours celebrating the diversity of the area.

Elsewhere on the menu, the oven-baked brie will warm you through the colder months, while the torched yellowfin tuna with wasabi mayo is an ideal summer snack.

Pair your tuna and bao with the standout offering — aka the drinks menu. Led by Bennelong alum Tony Rudolph, you can expect a playful and inventive selection of cocktails. Crowd favourites include the Jin Cha — Roku gin combined with matcha, Chartreuse Green, yuzu and honey — and the signature lime and jalapeno Margarita Bartega.

Plus, there's a wide-spanning range of wine, beer and spirits to choose from, including drops from local distillery Kalki Moon. If you really want to get into the Belmore spirit (no pun intended), then opt for Kalki Moon's Bulldogs Gin which can be ordered on its own or in the Brutus Blue cocktail.

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