Salt Meats Cheese has opened its first bar in a sensational new rooftop setting far above the beating heart of Circular Quay. An entirely new direction and unique brand for the growing hospitality group, Bar Ombré is a breath of fresh air designed for Sydney sunset bliss and offers a laid-back, intimate bar experience for city dwellers and those travelling from afar.

Ombré, the gradual blending of one colour hue to another, speaks to the striking gradients that soak the rooftop’s Sydney skies. This is played out through the bar’s vibrant menu, colourful furniture and lush greenery – a light and bright setting that offers a perfect spot to gather with friends for a drink and a bite to eat and soak in the golden, dusky hours of the early evening that roll into the long night ahead.

The Bar Ombré menu celebrates simple flavours with daily stretched cheese, cured meats and fresh Ligurian-style home-made pesto. Guests can start off with the Ombré Antipasto of burrata, salumi, semi-hard cheese, and pickles, alongside wood baked focaccia with extravergine, followed by plates of fried calamari with crumbed zucchini, pickled chilli and aioli; San Daniele prosciutto and burrata with grilled eggplant, basil and rocket pesto; or marinated white anchovies with fresh tomato, herbs and breadcrumbs.

The drinks list is naturally at the heart of the Bar Ombré experience, complementing the style of food and rooftop setting. Fresh, simple and well-executed, it is full of classic and bespoke European cocktails and spritz – such as the pear and maple old fashioned, the ‘Forget Me Not’ with Beefeater gin, lychee liqueur, St Germain, lime juice, egg whites and plum bitters, a vanilla and grapefruit barrel-aged Negroni, the ‘Smokin’ Nights with Averna Amaro, mezcal, Angostura bitters, vanilla syrup, cream and cinnamon. Italian wines are served alongside new world drops with a focus on biodynamic, organic and vegan wines.

Happy Hour is 4-6pm every day and will include drinks such as $5 beers and wines, $10 spritz like the Ombré Spritz with St Germain, mint, fresh lime, prosecco and soda, and $20 cocktail carafes including Aperol Spritz, Sangria, Margarita, and homemade soda of the day with your choice of spirit. Following happy hour, there will be free bar snacks from 6pm-8pm where guests can expect dishes like truffled popcorn, wood-fired crackers and pesto, smoked olives, cured pancetta with chilli and pepper, truffle pecorino, and roasted peppers with salsa verde.

Bar Ombré

Open: Monday-Saturday, 11.30am til late

Level 3, Gateway
1 Macquarie Place, Circular Quay

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