The months are flying by faster and faster, meaning that that upcoming special event on your mind is getting closer. Every unforgettable event starts with a spectacular venue, so we have compiled a list of some remarkable Kensington St function spaces to help you plan your next festivity.
Level 2, 2/10 Kensington St, Chippendale
Located on the second floor of The Old Rum Store, Olio Kensington Street is the function space you’ve been searching for.
This spectacular venue features a contemporary indoor dining room with historic arch windows that flood the venue with natural light, exposed brick walls and feature a sleek wooden bar.
At the heart of the restaurant is award winning executive chef Lino Sauro, who’s passion for food and produce is evident in his menu. Sauro and his team open the doors to Olio as they would their family home and turn on the Italian charm, ensuring an unforgettable experience for you and your guests.
All events deserve a great setting whether you are hosting a corporate lunch or dinner, wedding, engagement party, end of year celebration, milestone birthday, a family gathering or a canapé cocktail celebration. While Olio is full of character and charm, the venue is simple enough for you to transform to suit your next bespoke event.
This magnificent venue is perfect for a seated event of 75-85 people, or a less formal cocktail party of up to 120.
To enquire about hosting your next function at Olio, click here.
Seated + Dancefloor – 70 people
Seated (full capacity) – 80-100 people
Canape Set Up – 120 people
Level 3, 2/10 Kensington St, Chippendale
Located on the third floor of The Old Rum Store, The Private Kitchen offers an indoor dining space that is flooded with natural light and features a large wrap around balcony. The modern design of this space complements the raw, industrial elements that remain from the original building structure.
This venue can be hired for breakfast, lunch, dinner or as a bespoke pop-up space 7 days a week. When hosting your event at The Private Kitchen, you’ll have the option of using an award winning Kensington Street Restaurant to feed your guests, or the venue can be dry hired where you can bring in your own catering team, allowing you to execute your vision to perfection.
The Private Kitchen is perfect for an intimate dinner or a larger group of up to 80 people. This versatile space lends itself to a variety of events by allowing you to enhance the modern table settings with your own decorations, props and florals.
This space can also swiftly transform into a charming cocktail setup for up to 120 people that is a mixture of seating and standing areas. Guests can roam through the venue enjoying drinks and canapés, whilst they take a breath of fresh air on the stunning wrap around terrace that overlooks vibrant Kensington Street.
To enquire about hosting your next function at The Private Kitchen, click here.
Seated + Dancefloor – 50-60 people
Seated (Full Capacity) – 75 people
Canape Set Up – 120 people
Eastside Bar and Grill
Level 1, 2/10 Kensington St, Chippendale
The ever-growing Kensington Street culinary precinct in Chippendale features one of Sydney’s best grill restaurants, Eastside Grill.
Located on the first floor of The Old Rum Store, this space evokes the atmosphere of New York’s meatpacking district. Dark, sexy and theatrical, this restaurant features a leather panelled-bar with bronze back bar display, custom brass lighting fixtures and an assortment of wood, steel and leather tables and chairs that surround an open air kitchen.
Custom-made artwork covers the walls of the 100-year-old heritage building, marrying the raw structure with the chic elements of a New York restaurant and providing that extra wow factor.
Eastside Chef Stanley Wong has had an enviable culinary career working in several applauded restaurants worldwide including the famed Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong and opening Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Spice Market in New York City as Executive Chef, making him a natural fit for this restaurant.
This creatively styled dining room is perfect for a small intimate dinner party of 10, or more extended dinner of 70. The Eastside Grill can also accommodate to cocktail functions, and fit up to 120 people for any occasion.
To enquire about hosting your next function at The Eastside Bar & Grill, click here.
Seated (full capacity) – 78 people
Seated + standing – 60 people
Canape Set Up – 120 people
18-20 Kensington St,Chippendale
Spice House is the district’s newest function space. Nestled amidst Chippendale’s historic row of terraces, this upstairs space offers three cosy rooms and a balcony, each bursting with personality and adorned with Asian street art.
Follow the fiery red dragon up the stairs to experience the spicy flavour of Kensington Street, and don’t be fooled by this terrace’s unassuming exterior as this BYO restaurant features three adventurous private spaces.
The Lan Kwai Fong room is perfect for an intimate 10 person gathering, and will have you feeling like your sitting in one of Hong Kong’s cosy small bars, nestled in with a group of friends watching the ever-bustling city.
The Khao San Road room is reminiscent of Bangkok’s most popular markets, you’ll be able to watch the lively Kensington Street bustle below from your private window whilst the 10 of you enjoy your intimate dinner.
The Golden Gai room is the largest room in the Spice House, and buzzes like Tokyo at midnight. It is the perfect setting for a casual gathering, and seats up to 25 people.
Invite your friends to share the excitement that spills from the graffitied walls of this gem and enjoy a special dining experience for your upcoming occasion, enquire by clicking here.
Lan Kwai Fong Room: Seats up to 10 people
Khao San Room: Seats up to 10 people
Golden Gai Room: Seats up to 25 people
Level 2, 14 Kensington St, Chippendale
Located on Kensington Street overlooking the bustling Spice Alley, Mekong counterbalances all inner-city chaos with a calm and peaceful dining environment.
Mekong’s interior styling pays homage to the Mekong River, with natural light rippling in through high glass walls into a space buttressed by bamboo pylons that allow for a private and intimate dining experience
Mekong is led by award-winning executive chef Tiw Rakarin, who has developed menus that lend themselves perfectly to sharing. This menu will take you on a culinary journey through entrees, shared mains and desserts that have passed through generations of Indochine provinces.
Mekong’s unique upper level is available for functions of up to 80 people and provides the ideal atmosphere for both corporate and private events.
Just below sits the Mekong Mezzanine, which is a semi-private space located on the floor below the restaurant. The space offers an intimate space to host any celebration of up to 25 people and provides the perfect backdrop for intimate gatherings and events.
To enquire with Mekong about hosting your next function, click here.
Upper Level – 80 people
Mezzanine – 25 people
By Ashleigh Hendel