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Tuesday 22 August 2023

A barrelhouse of fun for Sydney drinks lovers

Lover of alcoholic drinks have a new "go to" address with the opening this week of Barrelhouse Cellars, a new bottle shop, outdoor tasting space and deli on George Street in Sydney.

The Barrelhouse Cellars is the brainchild of the team behind The Barber Shop, The Duke of Clarence and nearby Hickson House - and they boast its has spirits, wine and beers at all price points.

The new space complements an historic The Rocks' terrace that is also home to Frank Mac’s, Doss House, Orient Hotel and Mrs. Jones.

The historic paved courtyard, backing onto Kendall Lane, will offer individual tastings and themed flights, such as Australian gins and New World whiskies.

The tasting table will see regular meet-the-maker sessions for members of Barrelhouse Club, the Cellars' loyalty program.

The store will be managed by industry veteran Nick Minogue, who will showcase independent, craft producers with an Australian focus.

He has secured a cellared private wine collection, and his team has sourced spirits will complement the Hickson Rd gins.

“Whether you're a local popping in on a weeknight, or a traveller seeking a memorable, local shopping experience, we’ll find you the perfect drop,” Minogue says.

The Cellars team also offers bottled cocktails from leading local bars, hand-cut ice and cocktail garnishes; alongside artisanal cheeses, pates and charcuterie.

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Barrelhouse Group founders Julian Train and Mikey Enright said: “The Cellars is the next stage of our longer-term vision for The Rocks. We wanted to created an accessible, inviting, local bottle shop; drawing on our hospitality experience to add a few features we couldn’t find elsewhere. The paved tasting courtyard is particularly special.”

Barrelhouse Cellars is open at 10am daily until 8pm Mon-Tue-Wed, until 9pm Thu/Fri, until 8pm Sat, and until 6pm Sun.

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