Hot venue: Zephyr at Hyatt Regency Sydney

This open-air venue has become a go-to spot for hotel guests and locals alike.

With a major award win under its belt and a brand new summer menu on offer, it’s no surprise Zephyr is one of Sydney’s hottest rooftop venues.

Journey up to level 12 of the Hyatt Regency Sydney and you’ll find one of Sydney’s hidden gems, Zephyr. The open-air bar features unrivalled views across Darling
Harbour and is, unsurprisingly, a popular spot for both hotel guests and locals year-round.

It was recently awarded Hotel Bar of the Year in the annual Hotel Management Awards, which bar manager Didier Nahum says was a great achievement for the venue after only opening in early 2017.

“A lot of team work went into the venue and the drinks – it’s good that we’ve been rewarded,” he says.

On the back of the recent award win, Zephyr has relaunched its  cocktail menu to welcome in the summer months. Nahum says flavours such as blood orange, mango and
coconut have been incorporated into the drinks, injecting a refreshing, summer vibe into the menu.

Zephyr offers unparalleled views over Darling Harbour

Zephyr’s signature range of spritzes and gin and tonics have also been given a refresh. “Spritz is on trend at the moment,” says Nahum.

“We try to make them interesting  by using different purees and liquor, and we use ingredients like thyme-infused syrup and grapefruit. We’ve reinvented a few of our gin and tonics with new flavours, like Sichuan pepper, blood orange and yuzu – all fresh and fruity.”

This summer, Zephyr will also introduce a signature gin, created in partnership with Archie Rose Distilling Co. The custom gin will feature a unique combination of
botanicals selected by the Zephyr team and will only be available at the rooftop venue.

“We picked the botanicals to make the perfect summer gin for Zephyr,” says Nahum. “It’s very fruity and quite citrusy with floral notes.”

Caramelised peach mojito

Highlights of the new summer menu include the Zephyr G&T, which uses the new Archie Rose Tailored Gin; the Caramelised Peach Mojito, made with white rum and caramelised peach syrup; and the Rooftop ‘Air’ Eastside, featuring gin, lime, cucumber and fresh mint.

Zephyr’s summer cocktails are the perfect welcome drink for corporate events, such as networking functions or pre-dinner drinks. The 200 pax venue can be hired exclusively on selected nights each month and can be partially hired year-round.

Its modern styling coupled with spectacular views, means no theming is required – the venue speaks for itself. On the food front, Zephyr’s bar menu has also been updated for the summer season and features a range of tapas-style, share plates.

Hyatt Regency’s catering team can also put together a tailored canapé offering for private events. With refreshing cocktails, delicious food and unsurpassed views, Zephyr makes for the ultimate destination for summer events.

This article originally appeared in the November issue of Spice Magazine. Subscribe here.

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