There’s something very special about table service. Water, nuts, napkins, smiles. The works. Service where your favourite tipple is remembered, where you feel important. Soiree at The Wentworth is all THAT (with a capital T). And I’d expect nothing less from a hotel so rich in history.
The Wentworth Hotel at its current location was a famous Sydney hotspot in the 60s. But it’s history reaches back much further than that.
“In 1800 the site of the first Wentworth Hotel in Lang Street became part of a developing area of the new colony of Sydney called Church Hill. In 1824 three substantial, two storey terrace houses were built in Lang Street. The last terrace, No 3 Church Hill, became the future Wentworth Hotel. William Charles Wentworth and Dr Wardell launched “The Australian” newspaper which was published from No 3 Church Hill in 1833.
In 1854 a boarding residence was operated on the site which became known as Wentworth House. In 1882 Mary Hayes purchased Wentworth House and renamed it the Wentworth House Family Hotel. On Christmas Day in 1888, fire destroyed Wentworth House. In 1901 the lease on the Wentworth Hotel was given to Donald Samuel Maclurcan and remained in the Maclurcan family until 1950.
The Wentworth Ballroom was added and opened in 1920. The Prince of Wales, later King Edward VIII and the Duke of Windsor after abdication, danced in the new ballroom on a number of occasions. By 1925, the hotel was a well established and popular destination and was expanded to 100 rooms and further expanded in 1940 to 200 rooms.
In 1950 QANTAS Empire Airways negotiated a controlling interest in the hotel, thus beginning a new phase in the development of the hotel. In 1961 approval was granted for QANTAS to build a new 400 room hotel next to Qantas House in Chifley Square. The new Wentworth Hotel was completed in 1966 and was the first five star hotel in Sydney.”
It’s not surprising then that the ground floor Soiree bar has Cocktails of the 60s as part of the list: Blue Hawaii, Mint Julep, Moscow Mule, Rob Roy, Sidecar, Tequila Sunrise, Blood and Sand, and the Vesper Martini.
You know I love them all! How fab-u-lous is it that Sydney is rediscovering these classics. You know I love them all. But there’s more…
As Sydney’s Hotel of the Arts, The Sofitel Sydney Hotel Wentworth has announced Daniel McKewen as 2014 Sofitel Artist in residence. His vide work Running Man will be on display in Soiree bar from 11th March until 31st May. Daniel McKewen is also participating artist in the 19th Biennale of Sydney until 9th June across the city.
And for the duration of the Biennale, the hotel bar has created a fantastic refreshing themed cocktail Absinthe Minded ($18). It is an elegant drink that will charm you. Food and Beverage Director, Cameron Griffiths shared the cocktail recipe.
3cl absinthe (why not use Absinthe Green Velvet Verte)
2cl peach liqueur
3cl sparkling wine
2cl orange juice
3 bar spoons of strawberry purée
Mix all the ingredients, apart from the sparkling wine, together in a cocktail shaker. Then, pour the drink into your cocktail glass and top it up with the sparkling wine.
Soiree at The Wentworth
Sofitel Hotel, 61 – 101 Phillip Street, Sydney NSW Australia
+61 2 9228 9188