Neil Perry doesn’t wait around, but he understands that sometimes his customers have to. Situated in Crown Towers is Neil Perry’s version of a hotel bar, The Waiting Room. Designed by architect Grant Cheyne in association with 1:1 Architects, it’s naturally more than a simple lobby bar, but a collection of inspiration from places like the Waldorf Astoria. There’s antique crystal glassware, copper mugs, and even the music has been curated by Anton Monsted, Baz Luhrmann’s music supervisor on Australia and Moulin Rouge. And having only recently launched the totally new Asian-inspired Spice Temple concept in Sydney, Perry has just opened his second one in Crown. 1:1 Architects and Grant Cheyne worked together on this one too, with Cheyne having the upper hand, having worked on the Sydney version while with Bates Smart. However, he did “take the opportunity to fine tune a few details and turn-up the eclectic feel.”

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