Out with the old and in with the new. The Butler, Potts Point's beloved terrace bar, has been given an all-around refresher and a new bar to boot. The lobby area is now home to Juanita's, an Ibero-inspired cocktail bar featuring fruity Pisco and tequila drinks that will transport you to the tropics.
Before you step out to enjoy The Butler's panoramic views of the city skyline, you can first cozy up in the 'plantation-style' bar with a drink in hand. The seasonal drinks menu currently includes the Juanita Spritz — a vodka mix of rhubarb, lemon and an unusual rosé syrup — and a toasted coconut twist on the espresso martini classic. If you're more of a tequila drinker, the Crackerjack is a concoction of lime, ginger, cracked pepper, and, of course, tequila. Or change it up with a chocolatey mezcal cocktail in the Smoke & Chocolate. The drinks menu is paired with some bites from The Butler's new menu, created by newly appointed head chef Amber Doig. Pair Juanita's cocktails with Doig's cured salmon with green apple, habanero and citrus or slow cooked lamb shoulder in banana leaf.
The space is named after journalist Juanita Nielsen, one of Victoria Streets' most famous former residents and an activist from the '70's. The fitout also pays tribute to history by preserving the building's original sandstone and timber, all the while giving off a luxe appeal. The bar also has its own fireplace, so these cooler months are no excuse to stay at home.