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For all media enquiries please contact Rob Squillacioti, Group Marketing Director via or 0433 461 815.

15 August 2022

Rekōdo restaurant & vinyl bar to hit play at Barangaroo House

Barangaroo House is set to get a little louder when Rekōdo restaurant and vinyl bar joins the house mix on level one, Friday 16 September. A nod to Japanese listening rooms, Rekōdo (Japanese for ‘record’) blurs the line between food, drink and music to create an immersive restaurant and vinyl bar with a Japanese bent. 

30 June 2022

Solotel fast - tracks minimum wage increase

Hospitality operator Solotel will fast-track the Fair Work Commission’s minimum wage increase to begin 4 July, almost three months earlier than the 1 October requirement. This will increase pay for staff employed across Solotel’s 25 pubs, bars, and restaurants.

13 June 2022

Solotel's week-long music, light, and art after dark experience

Hospitality operator Solotel is turning the longest night of the year – winter solstice on 21 June – into a week-long after-dark celebration with music, light and art experiences across 17 pubs and bars in Sydney. Vibrant and diverse, The Longest Night program features more than 200 artists and collaborators ranging from music headliners Set Mo, Lotic (Germany), and Yolanda Be Cool to pop-up art installations by the National Art School, Queer Screen film screenings to incredible full venue light and projection installations.

20 April 2022

Where to play two-up this ANZAC Day

Come in spinner! ANZAC Day commemorations are back to full scale in 2022 and bigger than ever as two-up can legally be played each day of the ANZAC Day long weekend. Solotel’s venues are proud to honour our service men and women and host two-up across the below venues. All venues will also help to raise funds for Legacy Australia which support the partners and children of those who gave their lives or their health in service for our country.

10 March 2022

Cheers to funding flood relief

Solotel Group is raising a glass to help flood relief efforts. Until Sunday 10 April, Solotel will donate $1 from the sale of every schooner and pint of VB, Carlton Draught, Great Northern, Balter, 4 Pines, Peroni, Bulmers cider and many more to the Red Cross Flood Appeal.

2 March 2022

Sydney Cocktail Festival at Opera Bar

Sydney Cocktail Festival returns to the iconic Opera Bar this month, celebrating our city’s great small bars, the incredible cocktails they create, and the talented people who make them. Bartenders from 13 of Sydney’s most innovative cocktail bars - including Re, Maybe Sammy, PS40, and Double Deuce Lounge - are set to shake and stir 26 different cocktails recipes over two days, Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 March. 

14 February 2022

Solotel sparkles this Mardi Gras

The glitter guns are ready as Solotel Group goes into maximum party mode this Mardi Gras. Queens Cross Hotel (normally Kings Cross Hotel), Bank Hotel, and Darlo Bar are the best spots to party in the Cross, Newtown, Darlinghurst, and Surry Hills. Here’s what’s happening…

9 November 2021

Back together, now we dance!

Solotel, Australia’s most diverse hospitality group, is celebrating what is set to be one of Sydney’s most iconic comebacks of all time with a huge line-up of experiences, events and late-night parties that Sydney has missed oh so much. ‘Back Together, Now We Dance!’ officially launches today and the full programme can be found at

8 November 2021

Solotel purchases Carousel Inn

We are pleased to announce that Solotel Group has purchased the Carousel Inn at Rooty Hill. This is an important growth step for the Group – as we leap into the North West of Sydney and expand our diverse set of pubs, bars and restaurants.

1 June 2021

24 hour party - new date - July 3

Mark your calendars… Sydney’s free 24 Hour Party has a brand new date – Saturday 3 July – and a raft of incredible new acts in the line up. Solotel Group is thrilled to announce that indie-pop Northern Beaches band Lime Cordiale (DJ set), electronic house dance duo The Aston Shuffle, club DJ Toni Yotzi, and several others join original line up’s singer songwriter headliners Hayley Mary, Banoffee, and 80+ other incredible act

26 April 2021

Avi's Kantini opens

Newtown has a banging new middle eastern-inspired eatery and cocktail haunt, Avi’s Kantini, opening Thursday 6 May. You’ll find Avi’s Kantini inside The Bank – home of well-known live music venue, Waywards and dedicated craft beer bar, Uncle Hops. So, expect it to be loud, loose and a lot of fun.

15 April 2021

24 hour party launches in Sydney!

Sydney is getting a free 24 Hour Party with more than 80 of the country’s best DJ and live acts performing across 12 of the city’s venues throughout Saturday 15 May and the early hours of Sunday 16 May. 

24 March 2021

Dance floors are back!

From Monday 29 March, Sydneysiders can once again cut shapes on the d-floor and dance to live music at their favourite pubs and bars.
Solotel Group is thrilled to announce it will host Sydney’s first dancefloor post restrictions easing – as the clock strikes 12.01am on Monday morning and the NSW Government updates come into action, nightlife icon Kings Cross Hotel cranks the tunes and the dancefloor is ON until late.

15 March 2021

Opera Kitchen Opens

Opera Kitchen reopens as a vibrant market food hall  Matt Moran and Solotel Group are thrilled to announce the reopening of the Sydney Opera House’s dining venue Opera Kitchen as a vibrant market food hall destination on Wednesday 24 March 2021. The venue reopens with an Italian-influenced bakery and pasta bar, as well as a Japanese-influenced kitchen serving ramen and poke bowls until late.

10 March 2021

Solotel awarded Opera Kitchen tender

After a public tender process, Solotel Group has been appointed as the new operator of the Sydney Opera House dining venue Opera Kitchen for a 12-month term.  

8 February 2021

Solotel goes to the Queens this Mardi Gras

Solotel Group is turning up the dial on this year’s Mardi Gras to make 2021 one of its best celebrations ever. Kings Cross Hotel, Bank Hotel, Clock Hotel, Darlo Bar, Marly, and Paddo Inn are all set to be the places to party in the Cross, Newtown, Darlinghurst, Surry Hills, and Paddington. 

9 February 2021

Elliot Solomon To Become New Solotel CEO As Justine Baker Steps Down

After more than 20 years at Solotel, Justine has decided to pursue other opportunities for her career however will continue as an advisor for the Solotel Board. As CEO, Elliot will be responsible for the group’s 25 pubs, bars and restaurants which include The Golden Sheaf, Opera Bar, Barangaroo House, Goros, Paddo Inn, Darlo Bar and Chiswick Woollahra. 

13 January 2021

Italiano Aperitivo Hour Comes To Barangaroo House This Summer

Vacays to Italy may be off the cards but you can still get your Italiano fix at Barangaroo House this summer. From 21 January through to 28 February, the first-ever secretive Campari Aperitivo Window opens at rooftop Smoke Bar.

24 November 2020

St Vincent’s Purchases Solotel’s Green Park Hotel

St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney and Solotel have completed the sale of the Green Park Hotel to the Trustees of St Vincent’s Hospital to use for hospital related patient care, training and research endeavours.

23 November 2020

Group Beverage Manager Becomes Master of Wine

Annette Lacey, Solotel Group Beverage Manager, has joined the prestigious international Masters of Wine (MW) community after completing the globally-renowned exam at the Institute of Masters of Wine.

2 November 2020

All I Want For Christmas, Is To Go To The Pub

As the finish line for 2020 gets closer, the reasons to celebrate grow bigger. Ditch the sad ‘virtual drinks’ and gather your gang to hang out in real life at some of Sydney’s best pubs and eateries which are turning on the festive spirit this Christmas.

30 October 2020

Chiswick at the Gallery to Serve Final Guests

After seven fabulous years at Art Gallery of New South Wales, Chiswick at the Gallery will be serving its final guests in January 2021 with a new collaboration between AGNSW and Matt Moran set to begin.

21 October 2020

Sydney Cocktail Festival at Opera Bar. 10 Bars. 1 Weekend. 20 Cocktails

Sydney’s iconic Opera Bar, in collaboration with Bacardi Martini Australia, is set to host the inaugural Sydney Cocktail Festival – a three-day harbourside celebration of our city’s great small bars, the incredible cocktails they create, and the talented people who make them.

10 October 2020

Kings Cross Hotel & Bacardi Launch Tupu's Tiki Rooftop Rumshack

Kings Cross Hotel and Bacardi are set to transform the level six rooftop into Tupu’s Tiki Rooftop Rumshack from 16 October to 28 November. Step into a lush tiki escape (minus the passport) to find an array of classic and twisted Bacardi tiki cocktails.

24 September 2020

Il Baretto Finds A New Home At Paddo Inn

After 20 years in Surry Hills, IL BARETTO will reopen at the back of the Paddo Inn, in the former dining room space, from Friday 9 October.

14 September 2020

NSW Government’s 24-hour Economy Strategy

Solotel Group welcomes the NSW Government’s 24-hour Economy Strategy for Greater Sydney.

7 September 2020

Opera Bar Reopens to Celebrate Sydney, Everyday

Australia’s iconic harbourfront bar has a revamped, local menu and is taking bookings for the first time. Matt Moran and Solotel welcome Sydneysiders back to Opera Bar from Thursday 10 September, just in time for spring.

14 August 2020

Barangaroo House is back with three way to play, a new attitude and new experiences

Matt Moran and Solotel Group are thrilled to reopen Sydney waterfront venue Barangaroo House just in time for spring. Ground floor House Bar opens its doors on 31 August, before BEA restaurant and Smoke rooftop bar on 2 September. 

26 May 2020

Venues to Reopen

The news follows the NSW Government announcement last Friday which eased COVID-19 restrictions and allowed for pubs, bars and restaurants to open with a maximum capacity of 50 persons from Monday 1 June.

1 May 2020

Chiswick launches quintessential at home menu just in time for Mother’s Day

Today Chiswick announces the launch of its at home menu, bringing much-loved favourites plus some fresh takes on classics to home dining rooms across Sydney, arriving just in time for Mother’s Day.

9 December 2019

Chophouse Parramatta to Close

Chophouse Parramatta to close on 21 December 2019.