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The Flinders Hotel in Darlinghurst Is Reopening Under New Management

Picklebacks all round, the Flindies is back.
By Tom Clift
December 15, 2016
By Tom Clift
December 15, 2016

The Flinders Hotel is officially back in business, or will be. The much loved Sydney pub ceased operations back in January last year, with management laying the blame squarely on the NSW lockout laws. Nevertheless, the new owner has big plans for the historic location, and is believes he can make them work.

"We're very confident we can turn things around," a spokesperson for the new owner, who we can't reveal just yet, exclusively told Concrete Playground this week. "[We've] changed the whole complexion…[we're] not just a late night venue anymore."

Indeed, the rebooted Flinders wants to get people through the doors early, an ambition that's set to be reflected by the décor. Describing the new features as "a little bit upmarket," Flinders' spokesperson says the new fitout will include a marble bar, new wallpaper and a greater emphasis on natural light.

Alongside the brand-spanking new interior comes an updated menu with a focus on gourmet pizza, gourmet burgers, ribs and "a pretty decent wine list." Sounds like Picklebacks are off the menu, folks.

That said, the new owner isn't ditching the old Flinders feel entirely — and hey, why squander a 3am license? "We still want to use it as a live music venue," the spokesperson assures us. "We're connected with a lot of Sydney bands and a lot of DJs."

Once the venue is up and running, the new owner will also invite other local performers to make use of the space. "Not to the extent of Cirque du Soleil, but something like that," the spokesperson says.

The Flinders is set to reopen in the lead up to Christmas. Look for it at 65 Flinders Street, Darlinghurst.

Published on December 15, 2016 by Tom Clift
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