Prepare to party like it's 1945 at Bopp & Tone on Carrington Street. The first CBD venture from hospitality group Applejack (Della Hyde, The Butler, Endeavour Tap Rooms), the bar and eatery takes both name and inspiration from the founders' grandfathers — Keith 'Bopp' Evans and Anthony 'Tone' Adams — revisiting the era of optimism and opulence enjoyed by post-WWII Australia. Without the food rationing, we hope.
Inside, award-winning design firm Luchetti Krelle (responsible for a tonne of restaurants, including Manly Greenhouse, ACME and Matinee Coffee) helped to create a welcoming old-world space that nods stylishly to the past, combining marble, panelled timber, velvet booths and hanging light fittings, as we've come to expect from most Applejack venues. It looks similar to the CBD's other post-WWII bar, Kittyhawk. In a plus, it also has a sizeable terrace filled with greenery for al fresco dinners and drinks.
From the kitchen comes a contemporary Australian menu, prepared by chef Sa Va'afusuaga (The Botanist), with influences from across the Mediterranean. The woodfired grill and charcoal oven get a thorough workout, and are used to deliver dishes like free-range spatchcock and chargrilled whole calamari from the Hawkesbury River.
The cocktail offering works to the same Oz-Mediterranean brief, featuring classics reimagined with Aussie ingredients while the wine list champions sustainably produced drops from both overseas and closer to home.