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Kittyhawk

Combining a French military aesthetic with an end of war party vibe, and stocked with over 900 spirits — expect banging cocktails.
By Erina Starkey
July 28, 2016
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By Erina Starkey
July 28, 2016
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Kittyhawk, from the team behind The Lobo Plantation, is, quite frankly, the bomb (that's a pun, which will be explained in the following paragraph). Located in the CBD, this French military-inspired bar serves up custom cocktails and Parisian street food so good they deserve a freakin' medal.

Taking its name from a US fighter jet, Kittyhawk takes you back to the historic French liberation, when US and French troops celebrated liberté, egalité and fraternité on the streets of Paris. Inside this little time capsule on Phillips Lane, you'll find walls decorated with original wartime posters and memorabilia, while an impressive 12-metre-long handcrafted American oak bar serves over 900 spirits. Yep, you guessed it — it's time to party like its 1944.

The menu/airplane manual, designated for "official use only" lists a range of top secret bevvies, which are accompanied by handy engineering-style illustrations. We try the Polynesian Pearl Diver, a muddle of rum, orange, lime and coconut lemon butter, garnished with a dehydrated lemon wheel and a cute little scuba diver ($19) and it's just dandy. Keep an eye on your drinks though — you don't want something this delicious falling into enemy hands.

For something a bit out of the ordinary, try the Nose Art ($19), a ceramic pot plant filled with a lemony, pine needle cocktail. It tastes a lot less like bathroom disinfectant than you might expect. Instead, it's more reminiscent of an early morning walk through a French pine forest. It's a breath of fresh air and you won't find anything else like it in Sydney.

As for the red cocktail all the ladies are holding, that's the Beets by Dre, which is, quite literally, a beetroot cocktail made by Andre behind the bar ($19). If you've ever tried a beetroot chocolate cake, you'll know how versatile, sweet and delicious this underrated red veg can be. We say, be game and give it a go.

Head Chef Alex Lynn, formerly of Ms G's and Mr Wong's, delivers French fare with a dynamic twist. The Parisian street food menu includes the signature Kittyhawk French onion dip and chips ($9), a Gruyère cheese donut ($6ea) and sashimi tuna, yuzu and smoked tomato sauce vierge ($26). Don't you dare have dinner before you come — and that's an order!

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