The northern end of the CBD is set to become a hub of after-hours fun with the arrival of the Double Deuce Lounge, the new bar from the Ramblin' Rascal Tavern crew.
The DDL is not so much a sister venue to the Cognac-loving dive bar in an old comedy club, as it is an evolved cousin with big city aspirations. They're keeping things Stateside, thematically speaking, but they're upping the ante at the Deuce (named after a Patrick Swayze flick), which is going for more of a '70s cocktail lounge vibe, complete with a furry wall and slick leather booths.
The new venue is opening in the space that housed the downstairs bar of Bouche on Bridge, making it a neighbour to the steak-loving Bistecca. You've also got the Rat Pack-themed cocktail bar Maybe Sammy around the corner, and the freshly opened Mary's Underground a stone's throw away. Sounds like a whole lotta late-night hijinks to us.
The drinks menu expands their spirit focus with a cocktail list that aims to bring back the Cosmopolitan in finer form, and champions jazzed-up riffs on vintage classics. Other grown-up touches include table service, a host and a list of natural wines hand-picked by the gang at Newtown's P&V Merchants.
If you're thinking that the standard Rascal uniform of overalls might look out of place in their new digs you'd probably be right, which is why they'll be making some costume changes to fit the new venue. There's been a suggestion of short shorts. Was it a joke? See for yourself.
Double Deuce Lounge, 6 Bridge St, Sydney 2000.
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