Anyone over the legal drinking age after the year 2000 will recall Cargo in its glorious infancy, when it was the place to be seen and maybe pick up a professional athlete. It remained a high traffic zone for late-night capers and dancefloor antics even during Sydney's party depression following the lockout laws. But after 17 years in the game they decided it was time for a makeover, and now Cargo 2.0 is here with a industrial, New York-inspired fitout, complete with a DJ booth shaped like the head of the Statue of Liberty.
They've gone for a neutral grey base palette, with lots of concrete, white wash and glass blocks. Pops of bright blue on the furniture, fixtures and carpet break it up.
They're still booking DJs to spin house, hosting R'n'B and party jams by the water on weekends, and if you're hungry for more than another round of Spritzes or sparkling, they've packed the menu with mini hot dogs, pork sliders, salt cod croquettes and mushroom arancini. There are deep-pan pizzas for sharing, and they're baking those pies until 2am every night to keep your energy levels high.