“Upstairs is for eating, downstairs for dancing”: Prince of York is a brand new restaurant, wine bar and underground night club located in a former bank in the CBD.
Sydney’s newest bar is different from the rest. Built inside a historic 1878 bank, Prince of York is comprised of three separate areas. The ground floor, the cellar, and the basement nightclub: Pamela’s.
As creative director Paul Schulte told Broadsheet,
“I think Sydney needs more places that are a little bit unpredictable. From the design to the reason you go, it needs places that are continually surprising and giving people things they donʼt necessarily expect, while creating consistency”.
Schulte and his team made up of Sydney’s hospitality elite – Venue Manager Ed Verrill (London’s Temper), Reece Griffiths (founder of Agave Cartel and behind Chula), Executive Chef Sam Bull and Sous Chef Adrian Jankuloski (Icebergs Dining Room and Bar), Andy Emerson and Ed Loveday (Bar Brosé, The Passage), and Events Manager Katherine Jankuloski (IDRB) – are creating a space that is everything you’d want from a night out.
Schulte says, “The chefs have been briefed to change the menu every few weeks. Weʼll mould it into what people want… We wanted to allow our chefs to freestyle.”
Downstairs in the cellar, wine is the focus of the room. Stored in a historic 150-year-old safe, the bottles are chosen for their fun, interesting and unusual flair.
Further down in the basement, Pamela’s nightclub is hidden behind a photo of the iconic Grace Jones, among other photographs from an exhibition of Stephen Dupont’s work. The nightclub boasts a collection of 40 lockers, freeing up the arms of partygoers and encouraging them to let their hair down on the dance floor. Drinks can be bought by the bottle and tagged at the bar for return pours, while a drinks trolley roams the floor.
The curved couches are covered in luxurious pink velvet, giving the space an updated, contemporary Studio 54 vibe. There’ll also be a disco ball at Pamela’s, that will never stop spinning. Dancing on tables is not only allowed, but encouraged.
Friday nights are reserved for Disco with the Bola de Disco night, and Saturdays have a post-punk and new wave feel when the space transitions into Love Tempo.
Ed Loveday told Concrete Playground that he sees the Prince of York as “a one-stop shop”. It certainly seems like the sort of place you could stay in all night. Loveday calls the venue “a destination where you can come in for dinner, stay for a drink and kick on down in Pamela’s.”
The Prince of York
18 York Street, Sydney
Hours: Mon to Sat 12pm–12am
(soon to be 2am pending approval of licence)
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