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Hot venue: whiskey den J&M opens at Sydney’s Angel Hotel

J&M Angel Hotel Merivale cocktails

J&M, an intimate whisky bar on Level 2 of Merivale’s historic Angel Hotel, officially opened its doors last night (Nov 11).

J&M has first launched as a Chivas Regal showcase and bring to life the meticulously blended flavour notes of Chivas 18 to create a unique, sensory whisky experience in Sydney’s CBD.

J&M is a tribute to the late, legendary Mr. John, the ingenious Merivale Hemmes and their multi-level fashion outlet House of Merivale that once stood proudly at the historic hotel.

The House of Merivale was a cultural phenomenon that lit a fire beneath Australia’s staid fashion scene.

Modelled on the fun and frivolity of London’s concept boutiques, these eye-popping outlets not only influenced an entire generation of young Australia’s attitude to shopping, but also introduced an entirely new concept to local retail.

House of Merivale at The Angel also launched one of John and Merivale’s first forays into hospitality, with an innovative restaurant and espresso bar located on Level 2.

J&M Angel Hotel Merivale bar

The eponymous bar plays homage to the building’s rich fashion history with sumptuous interiors which reflect the intense, warm and indulgent flavours of Chivas 18 – rich green velvets, sleek brown leathers and copper accents.

J&M boasts luxurious chesterfield sofas and a long glass bar, alongside its hero feature, a specially imported drinks trolley named ‘The Sidecar’, a unique collaboration between Moore and Giles and esteemed barman Jim Meehan that weds world class bar design and traditional woodcraft.

Another nod to Merivale’s fashion roots, the bar features bespoke haberdashery cabinets filled with the ingredients that make up the rich, multi-layered aromas of Chivas 18 – dried fruits, buttery toffee and dark chocolate to name but a few.

Guests can lounge and enjoy the personal trolley service or sit by the bar to learn more about whisky from experts in the field and taste exclusive whiskies not available for purchase anywhere else in Australia. J&M also offers an ever-changing list of specially-crafted cocktails such as the ‘Modern Gentleman’ – Chivas Regal 18yo, Antica Formula, burnt oak and apricot infused Campari and cold drip ice sphere; the ‘POPSCOF’ – buttered popcorn washed Chivas Regal 18yo, salted caramel syrup, bitters and Himalayan salt; and the ‘Blood and Marie’ – Chivas Regal 18yo, Cynar, Cherry Heering, Antica Formula, pink grapefruit and cherry dust. A short, nostalgic menu will be available, offering a tasty selection of small dishes to enjoy with a cocktail before or after dinner.

The Angel Hotel is located at 125 Pitt Street, Sydney.

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