Albert and Sydney is the latest bar to hit Brunswick’s buzzing Sydney Road. True to its name, the cocktail and wine bar is perfectly positioned on the corner of Albert Street and Sydney Road.
Formerly known as Albert St Food & Wine, the Albert and Sydney has undergone a major transformation, with a stronger focus on casual dining, cocktails and a heightened party atmosphere. Formal tables and chairs have been replaced with high bar tables and American style open leather booths. At first sight the venue can look a little “confused”, pairing sophisticated features with more gritty, grungy features like graffiti and edgy bar seating. But this is the juxtaposition with Albert and Sydney – curated cool on the Albert side meets classy contemporary on Sydney’s half – represented in both the bar’s décor and their menu. Street artist, Matthew Thompson, has given the bar a quintessential Brunswick touch with the street art style graffiti wall.
Wine and cocktails are a definite focus on the menu. The ‘Sazerac’ teams rye whiskey with Peychauds bitters with an Absinthe rinse, while a ‘Ginger Ninja’ is the perfect accomplice for summer snacking, a unique mix of sake, Chartreuse, gin, lemongrass, lime and cucumber.
The confit duck sliders ($15) had great potential, chock full of roasted duck, house pickles and onion rings, inside a fluffy bun. However I felt the sliders needed a sauce or relish to add a bit of moisture and bring all the flavours together; without it the duck felt a little dry.
On the larger plates, a trio of lamb cutlets were nicely cooked, but the fat needed to be rendered down a little more. Served on a bed of mushy peas, with a touch of mint for a hint of freshness, the dish paired perfectly with the tomato salad.
We finished with one of their cheese plates (an assortment of three cheeses, quince and bread) which was just perfect with a glass of pinot! A great end to the evening!
Albert & Sydney is a great spot for post work drinks. They have a Happy Hour (or Happy Hours) from 5.00 – 7.00pm Wednesday through to Sunday every week as well as a fun Sunday session featuring live music.
I was invited as a guest of Albert & Sydney and Soda Communications. All views are honest and my own.