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Bar Patron Has Reopened with a New Menu (and Plenty of Tequila) After a Three-Year Hiatus

The Circular Quay spot is back in business, pairing earthy tones, harbour views, and a new food and drink menu starring the restaurant's signature steak and lobster taco.
By Ben Hansen
April 27, 2022
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By Ben Hansen
April 27, 2022
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Harbourside favourite Bar Patrón has thrown open the doors of its Circular Quay home for the first time in three years, returning to Phillip Street with a new team, a new menu, and the same classy look and stunning views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. From Wednesday, April 27, patrons can return to the tequila-loving spot for Patrón cocktails and top-notch Mexican eats.

The only restaurant to partner with Patrón Tequila in this way anywhere in the world, Bar Patrón originally opened under the ownership of Neil Perry and the Rockpool Dining Group before shutting down close to three years ago. Now under the guidance of hospitality group Pacific Concepts (El Camino, The Bavarian, Fratelli Fresh, The Argyle) — a spinoff from Rockpool — the restaurant boasts a revamped range of food and drinks created by Food and Beverage Director Molly Haranis, Culinary Director Gabor Denes and Executive Chef of Mexican Concepts Manuel Diaz.

The initial menu highlight: the array of tacos. The house-pressed tortillas are topped with the likes of steak asada, eggplant carnitas and soft shell crab; however, the signature surf 'n turf taco combines the steak with lobster al pastor, avocado mousse, grilled pineapple and a Patrón Silver salsa.

The tacos are complimented by a range of entrees and share plates that can be curated into a perfect group meal with your friends, but you'll find a few truly luxe mains on the menu for those that want to go big. For $79–149, you can order lobster accompanied by a Patrón Silver cheese sauce, or at $125, you can treat yourself to the 500-gram MB6+ Tajima wagyu beef rib eye.

Move your attention to the cocktails and you'll find one common denominator, unsurprisingly — Patrón, of course. Some favourites from the bar's previous iteration are back. There's the signature margarita, plus the outlandish Millionaire's Margarita, which is created table-side and combines Patrón Gran Burdeos, Remy Martin Louis XIII Cognac, Grand Marnier Cuvée Du Cent Cinquantenaire and nitro-chilled lime pearls, all served over a gold leaf-coated ice diamond.

More inventive Patrón creations available on the menu include a range of highballs, a macadamia and wattleseed espresso creation, and the platinum martini that pulls together Gran Patrón Platinum tequila, glacier-cut vodka and grape tincture.

And, tequila-lovers can explore the selections of rare and barrel-aged tequilas ranging from 23-month bourbon oak cast sips through to the ultra-rare En Lalique Serie 1 and En Lalique Serie 2, the latter of which are available for a cool $990 a glass.

Find Bar Patrón at 2 Phillip Street, Circular Quay — open Tuesday–Saturday 9am–11pm.

Published on April 27, 2022 by Ben Hansen
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