Sunday, September 25, 2011

Cherry @ The Star

Whilst I'm not much of a gambler, I couldn't resist a late night visit to the newly reopened Star City casino, now named The Star

After getting our IDs checked at the door, we were allowed onto the brand new casino floor. It was just before 11pm and the floor was already buzzing. The $870 million facelift has done wonders for the previously tired and tacky looking casino. The entire building has been reorientated and given a new harbourside frontage of clear glass that forms a giant screen with visual displays.

It wasn't long before I found Cherry, the new cocktail lounge located on the ground floor of the casino. Two sharply dressed security guarded the entrance to the lounge, my sense told me the dress code is along the lines of smart casual. 

With a massive oval shaped bar as its centre piece, Cherry has a fun and classy feel to it. You can order a drink at the bar from all sides of the room, or if you are feeling lazy, simply wave down one of the pretty waitresses from your table. They are easy to spot as all of them are uniformed in a metallic silver grey halter neck dress with a red belt. There are also plenty comfy seats around the room for you to rest your feet. The cocktail menu is nothing but impressive, a quick look revealed only quality liquor went into the mix. The boys behind the bar are not only friendly and helpful but also got some mad flaring skills, so make sure you order a cocktail and get them to show you a few of their fancy moves. 

The music is mostly a mix of house, lounge and electro jazz, the crowd seems to be rather fluid, just when you think the place has quieted down, a rush of new people would walk in and the whole scene becomes alive again.

And according to a reliable source, Leonardo DiCaprio, who's in town filming Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby is known for dropping in for drinks on Friday/Saturday nights. Star spotting anyone?

Launched as Sydney's new one-of-a-kind leisure and entertainment venue, if the rest of The Star, which I have yet to see, is as good as Cherry then they definitely will have my patronage.

Cherry: Level G, Casino, The Star, 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont, NSW 2009  Cherry on Urbanspoon

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