You might have forgotten, but the Sydney’s CBD used to have a hidden dive bar with what the cool people called – ‘a vibe’.
Located on Kent Street, just a stone’s throw away from the iconic World Square, in a corner once known for it’s easy access to Chinatown, sits Sanctuary Hotel or once known as – ‘Sydney’s Best Kept Secret’.
With it’s long island iced teas, $5 happy hour specials and spacious cubicles to accompany recreational drug use, it was the perfect spot to start your Friday or Saturday night.
“Your best bet was during the 930 -1130pm slot”
That being said, patrons often would pick their time carefully.
While Sanctuary opened in the afternoon and operated until the AM, your best bet was during the 930 -1130pm slot. This when the ‘Fresh Meat’ wave came in or when Sydneys’ LG’s and LB’s finished their dinner plans and needed a rendezvous before going clubbing.
Sources say the bar was initially intended to bring you standard office worker crowd. However as more Asian entered big 4 in the past decade, more Asian workers frequented the venue for it’s cheap drinks and friendly atmosphere. Soon the the younger uni crowd followed before LB’s and LG’s from the area caught on.
Thankfully, the owners have chosen to embrace their audience by doubling down on its drink offerings.
“…the game changer is the Long Island Iced Tea. The space itself is designed so you can down a few these anywhere in the bar or right after you take a bump of coke”.
“The drinks list promises your pick of Gin and Tonics, Whiskey and Cokes and Beers but the game changer is the Long Island Iced Tea. The space itself is designed so you can down a few these anywhere in the bar or right after you take a bump of coke” our lifestyle editor Jenny Zhang once wrote as a guest post in Concrete Jungle.
It was essentially what many would consider, a watering hole. And boy were people thirsty.
Animal expert Josephine Kim even famously stated that the number of LG’s visiting on the weekend were unsustainable.
“Talk about speak too soon haha” reflects Josephine. “They’ve all scattered. Good riddance”
Regardless of whether you are on the side of Josephine or if you are on the side who misses wearing their luxury sportswear to the taste of long island ice teas, we can all agree that Sanctuary, was a place of belonging.
See you one day, maybe.
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For more information about Sanctuary Hotel, message any one of your friends between the age of 16 and 30. If they say they don’t know about the place or that they ‘hated going there’, then they are a compulsive liar.