The Sony Lounge: Vivid Sydney Pop Up Bar

The Sony Lounge is the latest pop up bar in Sydney, occupying a prime location at the Western Foyers of the Sydney Opera House. Part of the Vivid Sydney festival, the harbourside location offers visitors a chance to chill out in hip surrounds after watching the Lighting of the Opera House Sails or interacting with the 43 Vivid light installations.

Sony Lounge - Vivid Sydney Pop Up Bar
Entrance to the Sony Lounge

You’ll find mythical figures, black lighting against white sheer curtains, a display of light and colour among vintage furniture pieces you’d like to take home. This is a fantasy setting for an elegant party complete with a dance floor, a disco ball and a piano on stage.

Sony Lounge - Vivid Sydney Pop Up Bar
Inside the Sony Lounge

Sony Lounge - Vivid Sydney Pop Up Bar
Pre-show crowd

Sony Lounge - Vivid Sydney Pop Up Bar
Curtains and Black Lighting

Sony Lounge - Vivid Sydney Pop Up Bar
Chaise Longue

Sony Lounge - Vivid Sydney Pop Up Bar
Dance floor with disco ball

Sony Lounge - Vivid Sydney Pop Up Bar
Piano on Stage

Sony Lounge - Vivid Sydney Pop Up Bar
Mood light and sheer curtains

The bar menu is limited to six Belvedere Vodka cocktails at $12 a glass or $45 for a jug, and Grolsch Beer at $11. I order the Belvedere Pink Sparkle, made with pink grapefruit vodka, ruby red grapefruit juice topped with Chandon sparkling which has a nice balance of fruit to vodka.  Mr G chooses the Polish Lemonade, with citrus vodka, lemon juice and lemonade and finds it too sweet and diluted.

Sony Lounge - Vivid Sydney Pop Up Bar
Drinks menu on Sony screens –Belvedere Vodka Cocktails and Grolsch Beer

Both cocktails are packed with ice and served in paper cups and straws which takes the fun out of enjoying a drink in these fantasy-like surrounds.

Sony Lounge - Vivid Sydney Pop Up Bar
Sony Lounge Bar with Belvedere Vodka

Sony Lounge - Vivid Sydney Pop Up Bar
Old movies on Sony screens and a laptop

The other side of the lounge has a DJ playing hip-hop music and offers a difference choice of beverages, from ready mixed drinks at $8 to premium spirits at $10. We order a couple of glasses of Chandon Brut NV sparkling and enjoy the olde-world comforts of a vintage lounge. At $10 a glass, it is served in plastic Chandon flutes and offers better value than an ice-packed cocktail in a paper cup.

Sony Lounge - Vivid Sydney Pop Up Bar
DJ & Digital Portal by Digital Sydney

Sony Lounge - Vivid Sydney Pop Up Bar
Vivid Live Beverages

Sony Lounge - Vivid Sydney Pop Up Bar
Statue and Chandon sparkling

Sony Lounge - Vivid Sydney Pop Up Bar
Vintage loveseat – olde-world romance

Sony Lounge - Vivid Sydney Pop Up Bar
Man Woman Beast

Sony Lounge - Vivid Sydney Pop Up Bar
Vintage Chairs

For those who like a grand view of the Harbour Bridge with their drinks, there is an outdoor section with bar stools and another space with tables and chairs that was packing a small crowd under the warm glow of outdoor heaters.

Sony Lounge - Vivid Sydney Pop Up Bar
Outdoor Bar Area

The Sony Lounge runs from 27 May to 5 June 2011 starting at 7 pm at the Western Foyers of the Sydney Opera House. Entry is free except for ticketed events which are not publicised in the Vivid programme.

Vivid Sydney
http://vividsydney.com

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Corinne Mossati is the founder and editor of Gourmantic. An avid scribe, she has taken pen to paper since the age of five. Her repertoire includes long works of fiction, short stories and travelogues. She is a winner of the GT travel writing competition, has judged the Australasian Whisky Awards and several cocktail competitions. She is also named in the Australian Bartender Most Influential List.

12 Comments:

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  3. Swanky looking place but what a pity about paper cups. Great photos!

  4. Interesting concept, a pop up bar. Might be fun to stroll thru while seeing the light displays.

  5. Awesome place, looks really cool although I agree with Katie above about the paper cups! Not to sure I’d fancy meeting the man woman beast either after a few cocktails but aside from that nice funky place to chill during the festival!

    • Hi Leah and welcome :) I couldn’t resist the beast, cocktails or not, it added another element of fantasy to the lounge!

  6. Psychedelic plus!! Would be great to have a drink there but our Lang Lang concert is not until 10 June :( :(

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