You’ll be transported to Paris as soon as you step into Merivale’s latest venue, Little Felix. Located on Ash Street in Sydney’s CBD, the french inspired cocktail bar brings you to the 1920s – a place that offers a taste of what Paris would have been in this era.
The bar team has been handpicked from the groups best cocktail bars, and the cocktails created are as sophisticated as the team. The drinks menu has drawn inspiration from beverages that would have been served during this era – simple, elegant and beautiful.
“We have taken the well-known classic cocktails from the great Parisian bars and hotels of the early 20th century, and gently refreshed them to make drinks relevant today”, says group bars manager Sam Egerton. “Embracing provenance as a guide for these developments, we used French liquors as modifiers to the tried and tested recipes”.
The list boasts eight cocktails that are similar to the original version, with flavour profiles that are recognisable and crafted to elevates the drinking experience.
“The French 75, for example, is a classic cocktail of gin, citrus and champagne. At Little Felix, we’ve used Chandon blanc de blancs and Farigoule de Forcalquier, a thyme liqueur, and called it Paris Meridian after the line that ran through the Paris Observatory. Our Sidecar, a cocktail that is said to have been invented for an American army captain and first made at The Ritz Hotel, uses Hennessy VS, Cointreau, lemon juice, Le Birlou and finished with Armagnac, is affectionately named Le Ricain, a French nickname for Americans”.
The wine list was created by sommeliers MS Franck Moreau and Jean-Charles Mahe. Wine and Champagne by the glass is poured by magnum and not only does this look impressive but they influence the taste, with more finesse and greater maturation.
“Whilst a magnum contains twice the volume of a standard bottle, its neck size and air content remain the same. This allows the wine to mature slowly, creating great nuances and more complex flavours”, says Moreau. Notably, guests will also be able to choose back vintages from the extensive wine list at neighbouring Felix.
Little Felix is the first of four new venues planned to open in the Ivy laneway this year. The expansion is part of Justin Hemmes’ vision to reinvigorate the Sydney nightlife scene.