*All good pop-up bars and restaurants have to close as part of their nature and unfortunately WLG is now closed.*
Like many Sydneysiders, Bar Zine mourned the loss of the Bayswater Brasserie – and more specifically its cocktail bar down the back. However, from now until September 26 it’ll be run by WLG, a pop-up restaurant that aims to showcase Wellington cuisine.
The main attraction is the food, which will be cooked alternately by some of Wellington’s best chefs (namely Jacob Brown, Shaun Clouston, Tom Hutchison and Rex Morgan) who will take charge for 3 to 4 days each.
Thankfully the bar down the back is back up and running, with the focus now on NZ wine rather than cocktails. We particularly like the Giesen pinot noir, which is punchy and has an earthier flavour than the usual Aussie pinot, and the Palliser Estate sauvignon blanc. However, the waitstaff (most if not all of whom have also come from NZ) can help you with the wine matching.
Prices are kept minimal – for $29 per person you can get a three-course meal with coffee. However, bring cash rather than credit cards and come early – when we went on a Wednesday night it was packed. If you don’t get a table, however, you can always go to the back wine bar for some NZ vino and cheese.
WLG, 32 Bayswater Road, Kings Cross. From now until September 26 (and it’s closed on Mondays).