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Enmore Country Club

Natural wines, local beers and spiked cherry cola are at the heart of this retro 70s-style bar in Cottonmouth Records' former digs.
By Ben Hansen
March 08, 2023
By Ben Hansen
March 08, 2023

If you find yourself in the centre of the natural wine and Australiana-kitsch Venn diagram, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better Sydney spot to wile away a few hours than Enmore Country Club. The good-times neighbourhood bar brings throwback 70s nostalgia and an accomplished crew of hospitality mainstays to the former digs of Cottonmouth Records at 182 Enmore Road.

At the helm you'll find hospo duo Dan McBride and Dynn Szmulewicz, who've embedded beloved Sydney venues like Redfern's The Sunshine Inn or Glebe's The Little Guy into the ever-growing scene of character-filled Inner West boozers.

Adding to the firepower behind Enmore Country Club is natty winemaker DOOM JUICE's Creative Director Zachary Godbolt. The mastermind behind the wine brand's unmistakably manic visuals has come on board as the head designer for the new Enmore spot, leading the charge with its retro dive-bar aesthetic. The space has undergone a full revamp featuring fresh wood cladding, brass finishes, custom tablecloths from Defy Designs and a custom resin bar top.

All of the little touches harken back to a bygone era of bowling shirts and cigarette commercials.

On entry, you'll be greeted by a brown checked floor mat, and once inside you'll find retro posters on the walls, old motor magazines on the bench tops and a guest book to sign.

As you would expect from a venue associated with The Sunshine Inn, you'll find plenty of low intervention vino on the drinks list. The ever-evolving lineup of wines is projected onto the walls in order to facilitate quick changes for any exciting new drops that the team may get in.

There's also a selection of local beers and a seasonal cocktail list. If the Imbrogliato is on the menu during your visit it's a must-try, combining fizzy pét-nat with a sour kick. McBride and Szmukewicz have also created a signature drink that plays right into the country club energy: a house-made spiked cherry cola.

Images: Angus Bell Young

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