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Bar Subterranean by The Midnight Special

Newtown's The Midnight Special is setting up a Bob Dylan-inspired pop-up bar at the Sydney Opera House for Vivid Sydney.
By Ben Hansen
May 18, 2023
By Ben Hansen
May 18, 2023

A Bob Dylan-inspired pop-up bar is opening in the northern foyer of the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall as part of this year's Vivid Sydney. Newtown favourite The Midnight Special will be in charge of the limited-time watering hole, serving up seasonal drinks 6pm until late each night throughout the festival.

Coinciding with Cat Power Sings Dylan — Cat Power's live reimagining of Bob Dylan's iconic 1966 performance The Royal Albert Hall Concert for Vivid Live — the bar pulls inspiration from the opening track of Dylan's 1965 album Bringing It All Back Home, "Subterranean Homesick Blues".

Mulled wine and Archie Rose cocktails including negronis and gin sours will be available along with snacks and share plates like truffle cheese toasties and pork and fennel sausage rolls.

Bar Subterranean will make the perfect pit stop before or after catching a show at the Opera House, however anyone is welcome to stop in — entry is free and tickets to a Vivid Live show aren't required.

The pop-up will be joined by a range of other activations across the Sydney Opera House and its surrounds during Vivid. At Opera Bar, you can catch Taste and Sound of Sydney serving up live music and special produce-driven menu items like Sydney rock oysters with finger lime and jalapeño.

Head to the Opera House's Yallamundi Rooms and you can nab fried chicken ramen, burgers, tenders and hot cinnamon doughnuts courtesy of the Butter crew, and pair them with Archie Rose cocktails and Mumm champagne.

Plus, House Canteen is being transformed with a stunning light installation and you'll find a range of outdoor food trucks serving on the Sydney Opera House Forecourt.

Top image: Hamilton Lund

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