REVIEW: PIMM’S OYSTER BAR AT COOGEE PAVILION
169 Dolphin St, Coogee NSW 2034
Open 12pm-10pm, Friday to Sunday until 3 April
Cocktail in hand, a perfectly seasoned platter of oysters and a view of one of Sydney’s most beautiful beaches. There’s really nothing quite like it.
Join summer icons, Pimm’s and Merivale at Coogee Pavilion for a London-inspired Oyster House from Friday to Sundays until 3 April.
Hunter and Bligh were lucky enough to join the launch party for the rooftop pop-up bar and were greeted upon arrival with a signature Pimm’s and lemonade. Mixologist Gordon Purnell took centre stage to create four signature cocktails perfect for oyster pairing – refreshing and light. The ‘West End Sling’ a delicious concoction of Pimm’s, Grand Marnier, Tanqueray, pineapple, grenadine and sparkling wine was my cocktail of choice and was the perfect afternoon refreshment. A combination of the Pimm’s sweet and the pineapple’s tartness made it the ideal accompaniment to the oysters. Be sure to try the other cocktails on offer: Oyster House Club Pimm’s, Tanqueray, Antica Formula, Absinthe and lemon zest; Acapulco –Pimm’s, lemon, orange bitters, pale ale; Pimm’s Pony – Pimm’s, lemon, orange bitters, pale ale, which can be enjoyed by oneself (cups $10) or enjoyed with friends (jugs $30)!
Now let’s not forget that the bar is called Oyster House and for good reason! The rooftop pop-up serves shucked-to-order Sydney rock oysters ($21 for a half-dozen or $42 for a dozen). The oysters, served on fresh ice with slices of lemon, were delicious au natural but were exceptional when partnered with Pimm’s mignonette. They were cold and fresh and with the view of Coogee’s blue ocean in front of you, it’s every seafood lover’s dream. We shared the dozen of oysters between four diners and were left feeling full and satisfied.
The Glasshouse, a hidden oasis on the rooftop of the Pavilion is the perfect location for the Oyster House. You’d be forgiven in thinking you’ve stepped into a bar on the coast of Cuba with the decor’s soft pinks and greens. The lush hanging plants add that extra something special and create an easy transition of indoors and outdoors. The vintage touches and furnishings pay tribute to the aperitif’s English heritage. Antique frames and mirrors hang on the walls and a vintage mosaic of iconic Pimm’s name shines from behind the bar. The mixture of modern meets traditional has been perfectly executed and makes for a magical place to spend your Sunday afternoon.
The Oyster House has something for everyone. You don’t need to be an oyster lover to enjoy the pop-up bar in the Glasshouse. Whether it be for an afternoon catch up with friends over a cocktail jug or a romantic sunset drink, make this your venue of choice. The feeling of summer lingers on at this bar, so make your way over to soak up the remnants of the magical season while you enjoy a refreshing Pimm’s and the spectacular view of the ocean.