This is the place for nitrogen-chilled Presidential boozing
What with the liquid-nitrogen counter in the centre of the room and all sorts of wizardry happening behind the bar to get you a frozen rubble of Piña Colada you can eat with a spoon, you’ll be expecting great things from this Art Deco cocktail bar. And if you get an experienced barkeep you won’t be disappointed. A John Wayne made with bourbon, apple brandy, maple syrup, root beer and cherry cola syrup and a peanut butter mist sounds like diabetes in a glass, but is actually a beautifully balanced drink built on strong, boozy bones.
Our Owl and the Pussycat, made on someone’s second shift, doesn’t fare quite as well. It’s a simple refresher of gin, green pea tonic, elderflower and white grapefruit juice and Japanese mint, but it’s hard to justify 20 bucks for what tastes like a spring cordial cooler.
The sleek, Art Deco interiors hark back to the original Roosevelt Club owned by the 1940s Sydney underworld figure, Abe Saffron, but the tunes are from a different era – prepare for Marvin Gaye and Otis Redding to have you pining for the early days of soul and Motown.
Potts Point-as-dining-destination is on the rise, and elegant cocktail bars like the Roosevelt fit in perfectly on a strip now popular for high-end dining. Dress up, reserve a spot and throw a vintage filter on your night out. It’s what Abe would have wanted.
|Venue name:||The Roosevelt|
32 Orwell St
|Opening hours:||Tue-Fri 5pm-midnight; Sat noon-4pm, 5pm-midnight; Sun 3-10pm|