Late night drinks in lush surrounds are order of the day here
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There’s something comforting about Hemmesphere. Its plush, striped carpets, comfy leather couches, soaring ceiling and polite table service are a gentle reminder that drinking in Sydney doesn’t always have to be about getting lost in laneways and squeezing into noisy speakeasies for a can of beer with salt on the rim. Have your coat taken by a glamazon, sink into some soft leather and trawl through a long list of fancy cocktails that can veer tantalisingly into mad scientist territory. We keep things simple with a Prescription Julep. From a recipe first published in Harper’s Monthly in 1957, it combines Hennesy VS Cognac, Rittenhouse rye, mint, raw sugar and a whole bunch of crushed ice in a frosty pewter cup. It’s a lovely, refreshing drink that will smack you around (the rye dominates, big time). If you’re after something fruity or are just in the mood for Big Pink Girly Drink, try an expertly made cobbler. Foodwise, the menu is mostly Asian which can jar – we find ourselves eating very good siu mai with a very Southern julep in a room that mixes Ottoman Empire with snow cabin in its design – but it’s fun eating, and light, and the mix of little bento boxes and sushi and sashimi is perfect for no-mess sharing. And you don’t want to make a mess here. Or raise your voice too loud either. This is one for a sophisticated tipple, and sometimes that’s just what you want.