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Busby's Is the Moody New Wine and Record Bar Opening Inside Paddington's Oxford House

Natural wines, grappa cocktails and next-level bar snacks are the name of the game at this intimate new Oxford Street opening.
By Ben Hansen
October 31, 2023
By Ben Hansen
October 31, 2023

Already boasting boutique accommodation, a poolside bar and an all-day bistro, Paddington's Oxford House is unveiling its latest addition on Thursday, November 2. Bubsy's Wine and Record Bar will arrive on Oxford Street with a P&V-curated wine list, Maybe Sammy leading the charge with the cocktails, Automata's Clayton Wells in charge of the food and a rotating list of special guests taking charge of the soundtrack.

Soft lamp-lit ambience and velvety red carpets set the mood at the new watering hole, acting as a counterpoint to the venue's upbeat next-door neighbours, the bustling El Primo Sanchez, as well as the summer-ready Oxford House pool bar. With an intimate atmosphere and exciting drinks list, we're predicting that Busby's will be a hit on Valentine's Day.

Parker Blain

Known for making interesting and eccentric drops more approachable, P&V's Mike Bennie has helped create an expansive wine list spanning bottles from Australia, France and Italy.

Maybe Sammy's Paolo Maffietti has similarly ensured the cocktail list isn't too intimidating, sticking to just five signature drinks that are designed to complement the minimal-intervention vino. Sip on an Abbey Road — a combination of citrus gin, vermouth blanco, Davidson plum and champagne — or opt for the tequila, grappa and ginger wine mix of the Megatone.

Parker Blain

Public Hospitality's Group Creative Culinary Director Clayton Wells rounds out the offerings at Busby's with a snack menu you'll find difficult to turn down. Sydney rock oysters are topped with blackberry vinegar and roasted kelp oil, while the chicken liver parfait is partnered with spiced pineapple and liquorice.

Then, there's the other key component of this wine and record bar: the music. Inspired by tuned-filled haunts around the world, Busby's will host a series of residencies from beloved Sydney figures. Kicking things off, Stones Throw Records' Jonti will be guest-selecting the opening-night soundtrack.

Jonny Valiant

Busby's will open at 21 Oxford Street, Paddington on Thursday, November 2. It will be open 5–11pm Monday–Saturday.

Top image: Jonny Valiant

Published on October 31, 2023 by Ben Hansen
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