It is no secret that good bars exist to service certain ideals. In this case, those ideals are cosseted somewhere between 1930's Paris and New York. We all know it's a dream, and that life is actually a grumble of bad bar calls, but that just makes stepping into an elegant phrasing of mirrors, carved white marble and black polished wood all the more refreshing. Perhaps this is the life we should have lived.
The Lincoln suspects as much. It has taken the notion by the drape cuts and shaken them into three separate levels. The Deck, a stylish cocktail lounge with afternoon sunlight streaming from French windows, houses an elegant bar of Calcutta marble. Upstairs a separate lounge provides an intimate area for drinking and dining, while further up you'll find the restaurant with highly exclusive (and hexagon-shaped) Krug Room.
The wine and cocktail menu is superb, with options that tie your brain into a small knot. A Klug Clos de Mesnil Sparkling checks in at nearly $2000. But fly a different altitude and you'll discover the trajectory of a serious cocktail list. The cocktails, designed by ?bartending guru' George Nemec, are a skilful mix of old and new, from the 1922 Alfonso to the award-winning Mandarika (Pomarancza vodka shaken with mandarin Napoleon liqueur, lavender and rhubarb syrup). Canape tasting plates, such as shredded Peking duck pancakes, are also served and are free for members, with DJs playing a chilled key of low-fi beats every weekend.
Geoff Stanton, July 2008
December 27, 2007
Door staff and strick policy are just downright rude. Once past its impossible to get a drink without attitude even though the place is empty. Don't even think about sitting down as if you do you need to leave a credit card as security and spend up big otherwise the grumpy old waiter in his cheap suit ignores you. Other patrons will try and buy your date drinks in front of you or worse! You may have to queue at Hugos but its much more worth the wait. Overated!
March 09, 2008
An expensive night out. No atmosphere and restaurant is empty. Didn't even bother to stay for a drink. I went to this venue first time last year and it was awesome. Visited 2 weeks ago and was saddened to find it had gone the way of many venues in Sydney and was empty. I don't think it will be long before this place is closed. Too much money and not enough sense!
April 03, 2008
I have to disagree with the others. I joined the membership last week, got a card within 2 days, turned up at the Lincoln and the staff couldn't do enough for me. I go out a lot and i don't think that any place in sydney is as friendly and professional as these guys. They just couldn't do enough for me. Maybe places are a little quieter now because we've had super clubs open and its good to see that the Lincoln is changing with the times and taking care of its customers.