Re-Claimed at the Clock Hotel
Photograph: Supplied/Solotel
Re-Claim at the Clock Hotel
Photograph: Supplied

Time Out says

One of Surry Hills' most popular watering holes is transforming into a high-concept, gin-inspired art installation

A multi-sensory, immersive art installation is transforming the Clock Hotel’s gin garden into an oasis of sound, light and spirits. Re-claimed is a collaboration between Sydney artist Sam Whiteside and creative studio Babekuhl, supported by the Clock and Bombay Sapphire. In addition to the installation itself, there will also be a series of live performances, masterclasses and limited-edition cocktails on offer between October 15 and November 15.

Attempting to describe an immersive installation is a bit like trying to explain an enticing flavour – words will fail to communicate the nuance, shade and subtleties of something that can only be known by experiencing it firsthand. But to give you at least a hint of what to expect, dazzling light displays will work in concert with a shifting soundscape, including original music by producer-composer Patrick Santamaria, as botanical elements evoke an urban world reclaimed by wild, untamed nature.

Entry to the installation is completely free, however, to ensure all CovidSafe measures are observed, entrance will be strictly limited. It promises to be quite unlike anything staged at the Surry Hills pub before – think Vivid meets Dark Mofo vibes – so come with an open mind and a curious spirit. 

To really enhance the experience, a special, gin-focused cocktail menu will be on offer, devised by ACME’s Ed Loveday. Be sure to try as much of the list as you can handle – these juniper creations are only available for a limited time.

For those inspired to get a little creative themselves, Bombay Sapphire ambassador Loy Cotada will be leading two mixological masterclasses on the art of making the most of gin’s complex flavours. These interactive sessions (yes, you will be able to sip on the fruits of your labour afterwards) take place on October 28 and November 11, and booking in advance is essential as places will be strictly limited.

By: Maxim Boon



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