Bar barons Ben Carroll and Hamish Watts sure know their way around Sydney. The Applejack Hospitality boys are already proud owners of some of the city's favourite watering holes - The Butler, Bondi Hardware, The Botanist and SoCal - but it's their latest venture that will have the Sydney CBD drinking crowd raising a glass. If the top end of Oxford Street has Merivale's newly opened The Paddington, then Della Hyde is doing its best to revive the ailing lower side of Oxford Street.
Located at the Hyde Park end, Della Hyde is an ode to charming hotel lobbies of a bygone era. The 150-seat venue has the kind of warm and cosy interior setting that reminds us a little of a Wes Anderson film - which is exactly what the co-owners were going for. According to them boys, "We have drawn on some of Wes Anderson's style (Grand Budapest Hotel/Royal Tenenbaums, The Darjeeling Limited) and thrown in inspiration from our own travels to create a space we feel is completely unique to the Sydney night space."
"We wanted to recreate the feel of hanging out in a cool hotel bar where you can escape, kick back, get comfortable, and enjoy great cocktails and delicious food." The cocktail menu certainly delivers on this premise, offering classics like a Sparkling Strawberry Daiquiri or gin-infused Count Negroni. And for the foodies, group executive chef James Privett has borrowed from the best of European and North African cuisine to deliver a menu packed with punchy plate-sharers perfect for snacking or full-scale dining. From pea and pancetta croquettes served with harissa mayo to spiced lamb, olive, onion, spinach and labna pizza - you can count on sitting down and ordering a serve of anything into the late hours of the evening.
Della Hyde is located on 34 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst and is open 5pm until late, seven nights a week. facebook.com/dellahydesydney