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The Doghouse, Darlinghurst

October 19th, 2010  |  Published in Uncategorized  |  4 Comments

I think this brings new (arm-stretching) meaning to the term “pop-up bar”. At The Doghouse in Darlinghurst, the tables literally spring out from the walls (see below). And the beer bottles are hoisted about by a rope-and-pulley system.


I asked the bar’s interior architect, Adele Winteridge of Foolscap, whether this was tricky to do. Turns out it’s all based on “old-fashioned technology”. That would be fitting, as the space is meant to evoke the past. It’s a speak-easy bar – a living (and drinking) reminder of the 1920s – that was put together in 24 days. The Doghouse is the brainspark of Melbournites Rob Dumaresq and Hugh Gurney – winners of Drambuie’s design-your-dream-bar competition, The Premise.

I’ve yet to see this in person but seeing as The Doghouse will be only open for one last weekend before it’s flatpacked away, I thought I should put up a visual reminder (and visual encouragement) to check out the space.


Photos courtesy of Foolscap

The Doghouse, Rooftop, The Village, 287A Liverpool St, Darlinghurst. Open Thurs-Sunday, 6pm-12am, for one final weekend.

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4 Comments

  1. I think I walked past the entrance the other day without realising that it was a pop-up bar.

    I’ll try and check it out this weekend before it closes. Do you know if you need to book / reserve a table? If it’s the place I am thinking of there was a lady with a clipboard standing outside looking serious!

  2. leetranlam says:

    Hi Richard,
    Yes, it’d be great if you could see what it’s like before it closes!
    I don’t know about booking, but I do know that they seem to have certain events on at times – eg Thursday night, there’s a music event with bands, which means some people would be on the guest list – perhaps that could explain the clipboard?? In any case, I really hope you get in without any hassles (clipboard-related or otherwise)!

  3. Guest list only, they wouldn’t let us in!

  4. leetranlam says:

    How disappointing! I did ring to find out and was told it was open to the public. I guess only “selectively”, it seems … So sorry you couldn’t get in!

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