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Kings Cross and Potts Point, Sydney

Sapphire Lounge

2 Kellett St, Potts Point, NSW
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Brings sophistication to Sydney’s notoriously fickle bar set, possessing both the appeal of an intimate lounge and an enticing night spot. Frequented by jet set celebrities and high profile sports people, and evoking the sophistication of the ultimate place to be and is without question one of the top 10 lounge bars in Sydney – definitely a place to check out if you are in town for only a short time.

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Sapphire Lounge Review

Review By Nastasia Campanella

Sapphire Nightclub has had more publicity than Paris Hilton’s dog, but for the most part, the news hasn’t been good… However as it turns out, you shouldn’t believe everything you read!

Since it opened in 2005, Sapphire has been in the papers and on TV and radio. From punch-up’s to shootings and drug busts, this joint hasn’t managed to keep out of the public eye. While some believe that any publicity is good publicity, I don’t. For me, I’ve never had the inclination to head to such a place. But when your editor asks you to review such an establishment, you do as you’re told.

And, so, there I was on a Tuesday night in a dress and heals. I’m sitting at Sapphire Lounge in Sydney’s Kings Cross. The place has a black and blue scheme. Soft blue lighting and blue curtains contrast well against a black wood bar and black leather lounges. So far, so good.

My night continues to prove me very wrong as I sip on a Sapphire Martini [$14]. The clubs signature drink sees lavender flower-infused Bombay gin and green apple liqueur mingling with lychee syrup to create an enchanting drink. They’ve also got a small selection of beers for $7 and the cocktails start at $10. I hear Saturday nights they have a happy hour before nine if you’re on the guest list though and it’s worth getting on there as cocktails are $5.

In terms of nibbles, they have nothing out of the ordinary. They’ve got the usual; salt and pepper calamari, satay prawn skewers and a great smoked salmon crostini with cream cheese and dill. It’s like an elaborate sambo straight from a bakery in Rome! Stand out though, is the Moroccan lamb pizza. It’s topped with chunky potatoes, rosemary and eggplant puree.

On the night we go, the dance floor isn’t heating up like you might think. I do speak to a bunch of guys beside us though and they tell me this isn’t the story on the weekends. Apparently, Sapphire is the place people head for when the clock strikes nine pm at least. Nevertheless, my girls and I enjoy the DJ’s choice of electro jazz tunes on our lazy Tuesday night.

In the end, I’m left more than satisfied. I’m not going home hungry, I’ve sucked back a few good cocktails and I’ve got my limbs intact. I agree with reports that NRL players seem to frequent this place [there are quite a number of them here tonight]. On the other hand though, Sapphire won’t be getting a bad rap from me. Thumbs up for the team!

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A Second Review of Sapphire Lounge

Review by Lianna Speers

The Sapphire Lounge located in Kings Cross is a sophisticated place to rendezvous. The tantalizing atmosphere encourages your presence, creating an intimate vibe; you are now entering the elite world of champagne and upper class party guests.

To venture into the world of luxury you’re looking at $30.00 during presale and $40.00 at the door. These prices are well worth it during Wednesday to Sunday as there is always something extra special thrown in such as cheap drinks and awesome beats! Thinking of heading home early? This joint is open til late, so ladies grab your designer heels and men a nice suit and enjoy the night.

The canapé menu leaves you indecisive; the options are immense but tasteful. Once you have satisfied your appetite, the beverage menu leaves you begging for more, with the finest cocktails ranging from $15.00 – $17.00 and if you’re a big spender don’t hesitate to buy Louis Roederer cristal rose 2000 at $895.00 a bottle!

The décor is enticing, elegant, and expensive; the world class renowned interior designer Kirk Lenard designed The Sapphire Lounge, he is also known for designing Chanel and Louis Vuitton stores. When relaxing in the intimacy corner you feel privileged and concealed, while the lunatic atmosphere is still continuing meters away. The light setting in each room is designed to suit your mood, not every room needs to have flashing strobe lights that paralyse your perfect vision.

Minimum age entry is 18 years old; there is no maximum age, it all depends on how you can handle your nightlife. This destination is certainly worth the journey, and perhaps you may like to revisit again.

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