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The Lansdowne Has Reopened Its Rooftop Bar and Introduced a New Sambo-Filled Deli Menu

Incoming: sun-soaked rooftop beers and sandwiches.
By Ben Hansen
March 31, 2023
By Ben Hansen
March 31, 2023

Fans of skyward beers, listen up — a Chippendale favourite has reopened its rooftop bar. As you might know, The Lansdowne and its sky-high outdoor area have a storied history. The rooftop spanned a few different iterations while the Mary's team was at the helm. Now, under the guidance of the crew behind the Oxford Art Factory, The Lansdowne has brought back sun-soaked sips two days a week.

Head upstairs on a Friday or Saturday and you'll find a bright-blue oasis high above City Road that's perfect for a weekend catch-up with mates. The openair bar was given a quick-fire revamp during the summer and now boasts retro beach umbrellas to shade you from the sun's rays, as well as the full suite of food and drinks from the pub downstairs.

Sweetening the deal is a brand-new deli menu that The Lansdowne has introduced in conjunction with its new Head Chef Eugene Novikov. The accomplished hospitality veteran takes the reins of the beloved pub's kitchen after previously working at three-hatted Queenstown restaurant Amisfield and Hamilton Island's Qualia.

Sandwiches are the heroes of this new culinary offering, with options including a wagyu meatball sambo, a chicken schnitzel sanga, a classic reuben and a cajun-spiced prawn po boy. Accompanying the sandwich selection, you'll find a Chicago-style hot dog, beef and vegan burgers, chicken wings, wedges and waffle fries.

Alana Dimou

"The Lansdowne was an exciting opportunity to demonstrate how food, music and culture can all come together as the city comes back to life with activity," says Novikov.

Rounding out the fresh additions to the venue is the return of its weekly music series, Graveyard Shift. The late-night sessions run free gigs in the downstairs bar every Friday from 10.30pm, serving as the ultimate kick-on spot for Sydneysiders looking to start their weekend right. VB and Brookvale Union have come on board to support the series, slinging $7 VBs and $8 ginger beers each Friday.

You can head to the Lansdowne website for any upcoming Graveyard Shift lineups, as well as the full suite of gigs happening at the venue.

Alana Dimou

The Lansdowne is located at 4pm–12am Wednesday–Thursday, 4pm–5am Friday–Saturday and 4pm–10pm Sunday. The Lansdowne rooftop bar is open on Fridays and Saturdays.

Published on March 31, 2023 by Ben Hansen
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