Media Release: 17 April 2023


One of Melbourne’s favourite listening bars is taking up residence in Sydney next month. Each Wednesday night in May, Brunswick East’s Waxflower Bar and Rekōdo Restaurant and Vinyl Bar at Barangaroo House come together in a collaboration of sound, taste, and experience. Expect Waxflower’s very own resident vinyl DJs playing, natural and minimal intervention wines, banging cocktails, and Japanese-inspired bites at this residency with vibe.

Waxflower co-founder David Byrne says, “Rekōdo and Waxflower are both inspired by the iconic ‘jazz kissaten’ of Tokyo and the listening bar scene of Brooklyn and London, whilst providing their own unique flavour to their respective cities. Red-hot sound systems, incredible food, delicious drinks. We think it makes perfect sense for them to come together.”

Sound: each Wednesday night in May, one of Waxflower’s resident DJs swaps Brunswick for Barangaroo and takes control of Rekōdo’s vinyl decks curating the musical programme all night long. The line-up of vinyl DJs draws from Waxflower’s rich cast of musical guests including Perth’s MONTANA (3 May) alongside Melbourne legends MYLES MAC (31 May), EARL GREY (17 May), DJ POSSUM (24 May) and Wax co-founders MALTER MAJIK and DEEP BYRNE (10 May). All are bringing up crates of vinyl to spin on Rekōdo’s incredible Klipsch La Scala speakers and McIntosh amps, a true audiophile and music lover’s delight.

Drinks: alongside the sound comes a unique cocktail and wine experience curated by both bars which takes cues from Rekōdo’s incredible selection of Japanese whisky and adds a unique Waxflower twist. Cocktails include a refreshing Yuzu Chuhai ('Tsuru-Ume' Yuzushu, soda, Prosecco) as well as a salty, savoury Umeboshi Old Fashioned (Tenjaku whisky, Shinobu peated whisky, umeshu, umeboshi paste, ginger and lemon twist). Alongside its vinyl, Waxflower is known for its expertly curated selection of natural and minimal intervention wines and a handful of favourites are on offer during the residency. These include Borachio Pash Rash Pet Nat; Eastern Peake Chardonnay; and a delicious Tom Shobbrook 'Poolside' Chilled Red.

Food: complementing the sound and drinks experience is an exclusive Waxflower x Rekōdo snack menu that includes wagyu beef skewers prepared kabayaki-style and chicken wing gyoza with soy dashi sauce. The full Rekōdo autumn menu is also available.

Elliot Solomon, CEO of Solotel says, “We’re pumped to have our friends from Waxflower call Rekōdo home on Wednesday nights in May. Whether you’re dropping in for a drink and snack or kicking on for a full omakase dining experience, it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

What happens when two of Sydney and Melbourne’s great listening bars mix beats? Find out every Wednesday throughout the month of May at Rekōdo Restaurant & Vinyl Bar.