New mega-venue Shell House opened with a Bang last year, offering multiple Venues over three levels: the ground-floor Menzies Bar & Bistro, the grand Dining Room and its open-air Terrace, the rooftop Sky Bar and another bar housed within the clocktower that Crowns the building. Now it’s stepping it up even further with the launch of Our House, a two-month festival running through April and May featuring big names across food, cocktails, music and art.
Every night from 6pm the historic Shell House building and the adjacent Wynyard Lane are Illuminated with projections by Sydney artists Babekuhl and Sam Whiteside. Immersive sound and light installations will also Transform the building’s rooftop terrace and the Clocktower Bar.
Over the two months, a series of ace chefs and food experts will make appearances alongside Shell House’s already-impressive food team, including its culinary director Joel Bickford (ex-Aria) and head chef Aaron Ward (ex-Sixpenny). Two brunches on the Dining Room Terrace, Hosted by Automatic head chef Clayton Wells, ex-Momofuku Seiobo executive chef Paul Carmichael and Belles Hot Chicken’s Morgan McGlone are set to be hot tickets.
There’ll also be daily “golden hours” from 4 pm–6pm, with $ 10 Martinis and lobster rolls in the Menzies Bar; $ 15 Negronis and truffle toasties in the Clocktower Bar; $ 15 Margaritas in the Sky Bar; and caviar, oysters, sleep and Perrier-Jouet by the glass on the Dining Room Terrace.
Takeovers by three of the world’s best bars are also sure to be crowd-pullers. Mexico City’s Licoreria Limantour – currently ranked number six on the World’s 50 Best Bars list – will pop up in the Sky Bar in late April, while New York City’s Attaboy (currently number 34) and Melbourne’s beloved The Everleigh will each have Residencies in the Clocktower Bar in May.
And music is a core feature of the Celebration. Expect an Italo disco Hosted by Fratelli Paradiso restaurateur Gio Paradiso and soundtracked by Mike Simonetti, as well as a late-night set by Berlin-based artist MANDY. Nina Las Vegas and Loods will also hit the Decks throughout the months.
The tunes of Sade will be interpreted by singer-songwriter George Maple, as audience members enjoy wine, cocktails and canapes. And punters can enjoy a meal at the Menzies before hitting the dance floor to tunes by Touch Sensitive and Late Nite Tuff Guy.
Plus, as part of its mission to prove it’s not all about after-dark good times, Kaaiaa’s Leah Simmons will host two multi-modalities (breath work, body work, meditation and “integration”) Sunrise classes on the terrace, followed by breakfast and a juice bar.
And a partnership with Arts-Matter will see a series of top artists – including Stephen Ormandy (also Dinosaur Designs’ creative director), Elliott Routledge (known for his public art installations) and Atong Atem (recent recipient of AGNSW’s Inaugural La Prairie award ) – exhibit in the space. There’ll also be a series of workshops, including a drink-and-draw experience Hosted by Archibald Prize Packing Room Winner Jamie Preisz, and a lesson in the art of cutting with Mikey Freedom.
Our House runs from April 1 to May 31.