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Darling Pavilion

This luxurious watering hole sits right across from Tumbalong Park and the ICC, and hails from the team behind Newtown Hotel and Universal.
By Nishika Sharma
August 29, 2023
By Nishika Sharma
August 29, 2023

Next time that you're heading or the ICC for an event, consider popping into the neighbouring multimillion-dollar pub Darling Pavilion for a beer.

The venue comes from the hospitality group the team behind UniversalNewtown Hotel and The Imperial, dishing up a dose of casual luxury on Harbour Street. Head in and you'll discover an elegant design from Dreamtime's interior designer Michael McCann (Mr WongChina Diner and Felix) partnered with a relaxed atmosphere.

Seating over 350 guests, Darling Pavilion's interiors consist of timber-covered ceilings, textured feature walls and copious amounts of natural light with spots of greenery littered throughout. Residing in the centre is an eye-catching 20-metre stone and marble bar — the focal point of the indoor space.

Opt to unwind in the huge outdoor terrace and you'll find the perfect spot to soak up some rays: the cosy lounges. Plus, there are custom-built DJ decks offering up live tunes to accompany you throughout the day and well into the night.

When it comes to a pub lunch, expect familiar favourites like the beloved schnitty and Neapolitan-style pizzas alongside dishes pulling inspiration from the Mediterranean. A few stellar options include the braised lamb shank, and the mushroom and truffle pizza. Plus, there are tempting lunch specials that are sure to draw you in for a midweek feed.

The venue's signature artisanal cocktails — ranging from classics like the spicy margarita and a stiff negroni to seasonal sips like the fruity Oh Darling martini  — reside alongside an array of beers and wines, catering to any sip you find yourself in the mood for.

Images: Chad Konik.

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