The newsprint stains of the Evening Star have been replaced with the megatropolis bustle of a pan Asia future-pub.
Story: Christopher Holder
Photos: Murray Fredericks
360 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills NSW (02) 9281 8177
The Evil Star (as it was colloquially known) was the home away from home for News Limited journos for decades. Thanks to its proximity to the Sydney HQ of Rupert’s empire, the pub was essentially a Daily Telegraph annexe. Journos would phone their stories in to the subs over a schooner and debrief well into the night.
The glory days of newspapers is well and truly over. And the newly relaunched Evening Star isn’t a shrine to a monochromatic yesteryear of pork pie hats and trench coats.
Far from it.
The new pub is utterly unrecognisable.
Matching the pan-Asian cuisine, the new look by Paul Kelly Design is unflinchingly modern; futuristic, in fact.
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT?
Prior to the refit, the Evening Star had a inauspicious look of a pub that was a front for a pokie lounge with little prospect of finding a third-rate parma.
Paul Kelly Design is renowned in the hospitality industry for combining next-level business acumen (ie. what makes hospo tick) with a cutting-edge eye for the aesthetic.
When it comes to upgrading gaming lounges — ensuring full compliance, comfort and building in smoking areas — Paul Kelly Design is without peer.
Under the watchful eye of Paul Kelly himself, Interior Architect Natasha Modra designed something undeniably stylish, yet intentionally a little intimidating.
Surry Hills is fast paced, brash and tasty. So rather than being yet another ‘modern Australian’ pub grub outlet, the Evening Star has a Blade Runner touch of danger to the pace and feel of the offering.
FRIEND & PHO
The pub seamlessly combines eating and drinking. After-work drinks can effortlessly flow into a bowl of wagyu beef shin rendang cooked or pho-flavoured beef meatballs.
“The Evening Star operates as a traditional pub but combines that with an energetic food offer,” explains Interior Architect Natasha Modra. “It suits the landscape. It resonates with the culture of the area and provides a look to the future.”
The biggest calling card of the new-look pub is the street frontage. Foot traffic can’t help but notice that something boldly different has just moved in — the bespoke portal entry door; the glimpses of neon lighting inside.
As mentioned, it’s just a little intimidating — this isn’t the Evil Star of yore where a quick midi and a leaf through the form guide would be de rigueur.
The reinvented venue is self aware, glamorous and indulgent.