Sydney's Award-Winning Wine Bar Monopole Is Relocating to the CBD This October
After eight years, the popular Potts Point spot is on the move.
Award-winning wine bar Monopole's eight-year stint in Potts Point will come to an end this September. But it's not the last we'll be seeing of this Sydney favourite — instead, The Bentley Group's Brent Savage and Nick Hildebrandt are simply moving Monopole to the CBD. They've already secured a Hunter Street location, adjacent to Australia Square, and will reopen the restaurant in these new digs come October.
Though it may seem sudden to patrons, the duo has been planning this CBD relocation for a while now. The new space will seat 80 all up and serve a bistro menu by day and, as expected, its signature wine bar offering by night.
"We've been wanting to move Monopole to the CBD for a while and were offered a great site that is ideally suited to the evolution of Monopole," Hildebrandt said in a statement. "When we first opened, we loved that locals would drop in regularly for a glass of wine and snacks. This is a big part of Monopole's identity, which we look forward to introducing to the CBD."
As far as the new menu goes, Savage plans to put the"Monopole twist" on classic bistro dishes — think steak frites and salad niçoise — and dish up snacks like Moreton Bay bug rolls.
Monopole's existing wine list has over 500 labels, and you can expect the new venue's offering to be equally expansive. It'll again feature emerging local winemakers, little-known international grape varieties and classic, big-name drops from around the world. The Potts Point original also boasts a whopping 30 wines by the glass, which punters will see transferred over to the CBD, too.
The fit-out by Pascale Gomes-McNabb — who has overseen the design of the duo's other venues: Cirrus Dining, Bentley and Yellow — will aim to bring the outdoors in, with floor-to-ceiling bi-fold glass doors. Expect, also, a 20-seat marble bar, a 25-seat private dining room and blonde timber tables and chairs.
For those who want to say their farewells to the original Monopole, the venue will remain open until September. Once the restaurant moves to the CBD, a new concept will open in the old Potts Point space — so keep an eye out for announcements on what's to come.
Monopole will remain at its current location at 71A Macleay Street, Potts Point until September and is slated to reopen on Hunter Street in October.
Images: Leticia Almeída
Published on July 21, 2020 by Marissa Ciampi