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Henrietta's Supper Club

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Published July 28th 2015
With the "lock-out" laws in full effect, it's tough for a night owl to get a drink late at night. Or a bartender. Or a security guard. Or a live musician. Or a pick-packer. Or a chef. Or a graveyard-shift nurse. Or anyone who thinks curfews are for children. Basically, anyone in Sydney who can't get ahold of a $3,000 bottle of grange for free is going to struggle to find a drink and a good feed after a certain time. Unless you know where to look...

How's the serenity?

While the Ghost of King's Cross still creeps up and down Darlinghurst Road, head bowed, thirsty and forlorn since January 2014, Henrietta's still remains a sanctuary for us all. Alone it stands, in the shadow of Sydney's past glories, dishing out the Holy Trinity of good food, good alcohol, and good banter – and they are licensed to do so until 5am. Opening and finishing late, the owners have seized the day (or night), with a thumbs up to operate as a small bar & diner - entirely outside of the infamous O'Farrell decree.

I would like several ''grogs'' please, bartender!

A few things come to mind. First, you wonder why there aren't dozens of similar joints around. Second, you wonder where all the carnage, chaos and king-hits are meant to be. I mean, isn't this post-lockout? Isn't this when Cinderella suddenly starts glassing people with her slipper, while Prince Charming launches innocent bystanders with his Royal Uppercut of Injustice? Well, not here at least.

Actually, scrap that. I would like ALL the grogs, good sir!

"Quiet" is the wrong descriptor. Henrietta's is "animated". Upbeat, with nothing but dignity - a tribute to how people will act when you treat them with respect. The clientele, many of whom are in hospitality and therefore know and appreciate good food & drink, are jovial.

Also, you can tell the bar staff genuinely enjoy themselves on the job, and they go out of their way to make you feel welcome. And finally, you'd be hard pressed to find anywhere else on the planet with a happy chef at 5am – but no matter the time, with a smile on his face, the Chef-Known-As-Islam won't hesitate to whip you up any of his creative ideas*.

Henrietta's Supper Clurrrrr!

This also rates very well for the dating scene. Henrietta's Supper Club has found that elusive groove for both singles and couples – friendly and lively to meet new people with ease, yet peaceful and intimate to take a date if you prefer.

Sydney needs more of this.

*Word on the street: there may be some sort of "secret burger" available, reserved exclusively for those in the know. It is alleged to be a colossal beast, mustering up of half the chef's menu and all of his talents, and a slap in the face to all that is healthy. I can neither confirm nor deny these rumours…

The secret menu burger. But you can't just be any geek off the street, you gotta be handy with the meat, y'know what I mean?

Open Wednesday – Sunday, 10pm – 5am. Sunday night through to Monday morning, that is).
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