BY KATIE CUNNINGHAM (In The Mix)
Didn’t make it to Ibiza this season? How’s this for a consolation prize: Café del Mar is coming to Sydney. After first letting slip they were headed our way last month, now the White Isle institution has locked in its new home: 201 Sussex St in Cockle Bay, the former site of Coast Restaurant. While the official announcement is yet to be made, Café Del Mar’s PR agency told inthemix the big launch is penciled in for mid-November – we’ll keep you posted.
For anyone who’s made the Ibiza pilgrimage, Café Del Mar needs no introduction. Set on the beach of Sant Antoni de Portmany, between its enviable setting and its reputation for spinning ambient, chilled-out sounds, Café del Mar’s long been known as the place to see the sun go down in Ibiza. “Cafe del Mar Sydney will pay homage to its Spanish heritage whilst being created for Sydney by Sydney people,” Café Del Mar’s PR Agency announced. “There will be an emphasis on the food offering with an incredible line up of cocktails, drinks and of course entertainment. We are very much looking forward to telling everyone about it. The sun always sets in style at Cafe del Mar Sydney.” So, think stylish restaurant and lounge bar rather than hedonistic club.
Of course, Café Del Mar isn’t the first Ibiza institution to open a franchise in Australia. At the tail end of last year, Ibiza legend Ricardo Urgell came to town to launch Pacha Sydney, which now takes over ivy every Saturday night with a new cast of local and international names on board each week.