After five glorious summers, the team behind one of Sydney’s most endearing, long-lasting pop-up bars, and one of Lonely Planet’s “Top 50 Bars in the World for 2015”, The Island Bar will be waving goodbye to it’s iconic location on Cockatoo Island, with last drinks set for February 29th of this year. The bar’s owners Marco Faraone and Mike Edkins chose not to renew their lease with Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, instead moving their charming blend of shipping containers, pizza ovens, astro turf, and European beach-side style furniture to an undisclosed location in time for next summer.
“When we opened The Island Bar, we were the first to bring the shipping container pop up concept to Sydney and make it a reality,” said Edkins in a press release. “Now, after five years of establishing the bar as one of the must-go destinations in Sydney for great drinks, food and good times right on the harbour, it’s time for something new.”
Though co-owner Faraone remains optimistic about The Island Bar’s next incarnation, stating that he is excited for the reveal, which will “again provide Sydney-siders and visitors with a unique bar experience.”
The Island Bar has a been a huge success on Cockatoo Island, with welcoming a total of 350,000 visitors since opening at the end of 2010, setting and maintaining the record for longest standing pop-up of its kind in Sydney. It’s no surprise as to why this success has been recreated year after year either, with regular parties by guest DJs, summer-ready cocktails, and authentic wood-fired pizzas.
While the pop-up will be gone after February 29th, the team are planning to make the most of their last few weeks, announcing any special events at www.theislandbar.com.au.