Sydney hospitality brand Odd Culture Group has opened a wine bar and bottle shop on Brunswick Street. Known quite simply as Odd Culture, this is a Victorian iteration of a Newton venue by the same name. This watering hole is all about exploring the wonders of fermentation, and features plenty of natural wine and wild ale for you to drink. It also has a seasonal cocktail program and high quality bar snacks. Odd Culture is now open for you to visit.
Odd Culture Group is responsible for several beloved restaurants and pubs around Sydney, including The Duke of Enmore and The Old Fitzroy Hotel. For CEO James Thorpe, expanding into Melbourne was the next natural step.
“We are so excited to finally open the doors and welcome people in,” said Thorpe. “Our passion for the concept has continued to grow as we’ve gone about crafting the venue and the range of really special beverages and collaborations we’re able to showcase has increased too. It’s all about the enjoyment of everything weird and wonderful, and we reckon that’s something anyone can get around.”
Odd Culture is set in a heritage building that once served at Fitzroy’s Post Office, and can fit roughly 300 guests. As you walk through the front doors, you’ll be immediately greeted by the extensive offering of beer and wine. Peruse the shelves and fridges at your leisure and find something that sparks your curiosity.
There’s also 12 rotating beer taps for you to explore. The drinks list also features a ‘Victorian Stronghold’ page, championing local producers. As for cocktails, you’ll find innovative takes on the classics, and fermented concoctions. Try the ‘Sour Negroni’ which is made with an in-house acidified vermouth with kriek, or opt for in-house fermented tepache and koji-fermented ‘appletinis’.
Odd Culture has a small kitchen, serving up a curated selection of small dishes to complement your drink. Enjoy bar snacks like chicken liver pate, baker bleu baguette, charcuterie and more.
Chill out on one of the comfy banquettes inside the venue, or hang out in the beer garden outside. Set in the back lane, this beer garden has enough room for DJs to come and throw a laneway party.
Odd Culture is open every day from 12pm, and closes at 11pm Sunday to Thursday, and 1am Friday and Saturday.