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Art Palomata, Blu Bar on 36

The Scarlet Affair

Photograph: Daniel Boud

“There are so many things to love about being a bartender,” says Art Palomata, who has been mixing and pouring up on the 36th floor of the Shangri-La Sydney since the end of 2014. “There are times when guests are at the bar to celebrate and as a bartender, you are invited to be part of the fun. There are times where guests are so amazed at your work they share photos through social media. I guess the best moments are when you can provide a memorable experience for a guest and later say, ‘yeah, I was part of that night.’” The concept behind Art’s twist on a Bloody Mary is a tribute to the hotel experience: “different elements from around the world, harmonious under one roof.” The theatre of the cocktail’s creation is essential to the experience, he says. “The mysterious cloud carrying beautiful aromas of rosemary and cinnamon invites you to try this intriguing concoction.” 

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