All-Day Eatery & Bar Odd Culture Newtown Opens With All-Star Hospitality Team in Tow (& a New Natural Booze Shop Next Door)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, SYDNEY: The highly anticipated new addition to Newtown’s famed food and bar precinct – Odd Culture Newtown – is set to open its doors to the public this Saturday October 30.
The new site, which has been in the works since late 2020, is the latest offering from Odd Culture Group who also own The Oxford Tavern in Petersham, The Duke of Enmore, and Woolloomooloo’s Old Fitzroy Hotel.
Odd Culture Newtown is a hybrid bar/restaurant/cafe/bottle shop space with a cool and casual all-day vibe. It’s also the first new development on King Street allowed to trade all night until 2am, with its doors opening again from 7am.
Says Odd Culture Group GM James Thorpe: “After nearly 12 months the doors to our biggest project yet are about to swing open. I’m so incredibly proud of what our team has accomplished. It’s such a unique concept born out of a management trip to Europe pre-COVID.”
“Not really a bar; not really a fine dining restaurant; not really a craft beer venue; not really a cocktail bar; not really a natural wine bar… we don’t really know how to categorise it, but there is really nothing like it anywhere else in the world. The pool of talent that has come together to execute it in the bars, floor and kitchen is really second to none. You’re in for a real treat.”
An all-star team has been rounded up to lead the venue – including head chef Jesse Warkentin (ex-Continental Deli), and sous chef Caleb Venner (ex-Continental Deli), who will both work alongside Odd Culture Group’s Executive Chef James MacDonald (ex-Hubert head chef).
Meanwhile, the bar and cocktail program will be led by Sam Paech (ex-Baxter Inn) alongside group beverage manager Jordan Blackman (ex-Chin Chin), with Katharine Crowe-Mai (ex-Rockpool) managing the restaurant and service.
The food menu itself cannot be packaged into one easily digestible cuisine – but it’s not modern Australian either. Rather, it’s an amalgamation of MacDonald’s and Warkentin’s backgrounds working to an overarching fermentation theme.
Says MacDonald: “We’re cooking from all inspirations – from European to Asian and beyond. While the menu focuses heavily on European cooking techniques, we’re utilising flavours and textures from everywhere and anywhere combined onto one plate. Anything goes, really.”
What is for certain is the menu – whether it be breakfast, lunch or dinner – will be fully approachable while still playing on the “Odd Culture” name, with the menu also designed to complement the natural drinks offering.
Bar Manager Sam Paech will bring his extensive cocktail knowledge to the table with a strong focus on wild fermentation – think a ‘sour negroni’ with an oude kriek (Belgian sour cherry lambic) vermouth, lacto-fermented strawberry daiquiris and pineapple tepache made in-house.
Jordan Blackman has curated an extensive range of organic and biodynamic wine, wild ales and lambic, natural cider and sake, alongside a rotating taplist of 12 in the bar. While the drink offering will lean heavily on sours, farmhouse and lambic, you’ll still be able to throw back a big IPA and imperial stout, or just an ice-cold Reschs.
Situated just a few doors up, the Odd Culture Newtown bottle shop will be an extension of the main bar offering. However, it’s not your standard bottle-o with the shop also offering a range of fermented goods and condiments including pickles, vinegars, shrubs and hot sauces from local producers including Condimental, Ziggy’s and Angie’s Food. An online delivery service will also be on offer, with delivery in 30 minutes for the local area.
Says Odd Culture Group beverage manager Jordan Blackman: “It’s been a wild ride putting this all together. A monster of a project with one of the most extensive booze offerings in the country, world class chefs in the kitchen, an all-star management team and an iconic site on King Street. I can’t think of a more exciting venue opening.”
Grand opening: 12pm, Saturday 29 October.
Bar (downstairs) hours: Mon-Wed 12pm-midnight; Thu-Sat 12pm-2am; Sun 12pm-10pm (from 5th Nov open each morning from 7am when cafe trade commences)
Restaurant (upstairs) hours: Mon-Thu 5pm-last tables; Fri-Sun 12pm-last tables; Sittings at 5:30pm, 7:30pm & 9:30pm. Lunch is flexible.
Bottle shop opening hours: Mon-Sun 10am-10pm.