Rose Royale — CLOSED
A dedicated rosé bar with 30 rosés in the fridge, and rosé soft serve on the menu.
Update, June 28, 2018: Proving that rosé is not just for summer, Rosé Royale has launched a warming wintry menu, which — yes, you guessed it — features a heap of rosé. It starts with some classics — including a standout mulled rosé with port, pomegranate juice and ginger — and some that are a bit more left-of-centre, including a rosé and french onion soup, and a rosé and cheddar soufflé. While the latter sound a little bizarre, we won't knock 'em until we've tried 'em. The menu will be running all winter, and you can enjoy it inside by the fireplace.
If you're a fan of the refreshing pink drink that is rosé, then you probably judge a bar's wine list based on the number of not-quite-red tipples it has on offer. Rosé Royale certainly won't disappoint in that department, with this Potts Point eatery and watering hole showing the love for its favourite type of vino in its moniker, stacked wine fridge and even its food menu.
Located on Kellett Street, Rosé Royale has scoured the globe for the best varieties of its beverage of choice, boasting wines from Australia, France, New Zealand, Turkey, Spain, America, Italy and Portugal. More than 30 can be found on the premises, with around 20 available by the glass. Also on offer: frosé, of course, in watermelon and grapefruit and passionfruit and pineapple flavours; rosé cocktails, including their namesake with vodka, Lillet Rosé, homemade rhubarb syrup and lime; and rosé takes on existing classics, like the rosé Manhattan, rosé bellinis and rosé sangria.
An extra rosé treat comes via the bar's edible selection, where rosé-braised beef cheeks, duck breast with melons and rosé dressing, charcuterie with rosé jam and rosé sorbet all keep the rosé love going. Other highlights include baguettes with rosé butter, French fries with rosé mayo and their signature cake featuring rosé jelly. Or, patrons can opt for the creamy dessert that's perfect for summer, rosé soft serve, although it's only available on weekends.
Decked out with gold, mirrors and chandeliers for a Palace of Versailles-inspired look, and open seven days a week (from 5.30pm Monday to Thursday, and from midday Friday to Sunday), the bar has dubbed itself "the world's first rosé wine bar". While we haven't checked every Parisian alley, Italian nook or Spanish hole-in-the-wall to verify that claim, it's the first permanent dedicated rosé wine bar in Sydney. No need to wear rose-tinted glasses when you drop by.