Once a sticky-floored solace to drown your after work sorrows or share a schooner or two, the heritage-listed Old Clare Hotel has recently been reimagined into a creative, playful and luxurious urban hideaway tapping into the emerging Chippendale arts and culture scene.
The Old Clare has a rich history to say the least. Comprised of two buildings, it began as The Old Clare Pub and the Carlton and United Breweries. Through careful consideration and sensitive restoration, Sydney firm Tonkin Zulaikha (best known for their resurrection of Carriageworks) and hotelier Loh Lik Peng transformed the iconic building into what it is today: a place where historic elements are preserved and contemporary pleasures are abundant.
The 62-room boutique hotel joins the two buildings with a new glazed glass cube. From cosy to opulent and showy The Old Clare’s rooms have been designed to showcase existing high ceilings, heritage timber panelling and original exposed walls. The hotel also features plenty of bespoke and handcrafted elements, arguably the best rooftop bar and pool in the city as well as three restaurants serving up delicacies by Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton.
Situated along the re-developed Kensington Street precinct, The Old Clare Hotel is amongst the very best in Chippendale’s art galleries, production houses, graphic and fashion studios, restaurants, cafes and bars but also offers its own entertainment including pop-up markets, tastings, inspiring talks, art exhibitions and live music.