Swapping teacups for tennis racquets, Darlinghurst's old Victoria Room has been given a bold transformation of late. Waving a bittersweet farewell to the venue's former ten-year tenant, the incoming team at Darlo Country Club have found a way to stake their claim on this local landmark. Sure, the LA social club-inspired interiors might sound a little kitsch, but take our word for it — this swish inner city bar exudes nothing but style and sophistication.
Their attention to detail begins with the Club's polished wooden staircase; lined with glowing candles and ornate golden lampshades, the stairs lead right up into the heart of this lush country escape. Inside, Darlo Country Club feels like an authentic American haunt, with tall barn ceilings, dark leather armchairs and marble benchtops that add a real sense of elegance to the space.
Upon direction to our spot alongside the venue's acoustic live music act, the team really begins to showcase what they do best. With the crews from The Island Bar and Lobo Plantation behind this place, we arrived with high hopes for what their cocktail menu would have in store — and we aren't disappointed. Their Eton Fizz ($17) turns the classic Eton mess dessert into a zesty, mouthwatering mix of Tanqueray gin, strawberry shrub, lemon, thyme syrup, egg white and soda, and we can't go past the Bubbarita: a concoction of grape bubblegum-infused tequila, blue curacao, lime, grape citrus foam and orange blossom flame ($19). However, our personal favourite is The Beverly ($18), a fresh take on the classic mojito, with Pampero Especial Rum, Hayman's Sloe Gin, peach citrus compote, lemon and mint. Each drink packs a punch, both in terms of flavour and personality.
As stomachs begin to rumble, Darlo's brasserie dining options answer our hungry cries. Perfect for tucking into amongst friends, these tasty morsels will certainly fill your boots. Don’t miss their wagyu sliders ($15 for three) or chargrilled Moroccan chicken with sultanas, pomegranate molasses, pistachios and fresh coriander ($18). And be sure to add in a serve of their paella arancini — filled with fresh parmesan and saffron rouille — for a full-blown country feast.
Darlo Country Club nails the social club aesthetic without skimping on the good stuff, and will ensure you leave wined and dined. Settle into a couch, grab a glass and slip back an era of old-fashioned class.