Darlo Country Club

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Darlo Country Club

After a brief stint as a pop-up ski chalet, the old Victoria Room site is getting an LA makeover

When a beloved venue goes to the big saloon in the sky, the fervent hope is that an equally good bar will take its place, and not some unspeakably awful fro-yo shop. Luckily for everyone mourning the loss of the Victoria Room, the massive first floor space on Victoria Street is in good hands.

Lobo Plantation owners Eddie Levy and Mikey Hwang have joined forces with the Island’s Julian Tobias and Adam Abrams and together they have taken over the space and opened the Darlo Country Club. “We took over the space within three days of it becoming available, which was during winter, and we wanted to start trading as soon as we could so we did a week-long renovation with chair lifts, snow machines and a fireplace and called it the Chalet,” says Levy.

The winter operation bought them enough time to plan their next move, and this time they looked to the gently old-fashioned world of LA country clubs for inspiration, going for light and bright with a crab bisque, peach wall, black and white photos and vintage sports memorabilia on the walls. “It’s more like a social club,” says Levy. “It hasn’t really got anything to do with horses or golf.”

They’ve nabbed Julius Yates from Lobo as their head bartender so expect tropical fun on the cocktail menu, including a Mango Colada that you drink out of a coconut. And on the snacks front they’re taking inspiration from all corners of the globe with a lobster mac’n’cheese, duck and hoi sin spring rolls, steak and chimichurri, Morrocan chicken and a fish burger. Plus if you like your dessert boozy they do a drunken rum baba with fig ice cream and pistachios.

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Venue name: Darlo Country Club
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Address: 235 Victoria St
Darlinghurst
2010
Opening hours: Wed, Thu 5pm-midnight; Fri, Sat 5pm-2am
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