A relatively new bar, Apollonia can be found just up from Circular Quay in the basement of Hinchcliff House on Young Street. Taking its name from Apollonia Vitelli-Corleone, wife of The Godfather’s Michael Corleone who was killed by a car bomb intended for him, this bar seeks to transport you to Sicily with its Italian-inspired cocktails, décor, midnight toasting ritual, and signature scent.
Yes, you read that right: Apollonia developed its own signature scent to use in their candles and hand wash inspired by Francis Ford Coppola’s beloved films; fittingly, it has notes of cherry, orange, rosemary and gunpowder. And as for the midnight toasting ritual… Every night, when midnight strikes, guests are invited to take part in a “thunderbolt ritual” designed to pay tribute to the “thunderbolt” love-at-first-sight that struck Michael Corleone when he first saw his doomed bride.
Speaking to Broadsheet, Jason Williams, Godfather fan and the beverage director of House Made Hospitality explained the ritual, saying, “Whoever we can pull in, we’re going to pour out a little house-made amaro or miniature Negronis, or whatever the bartender feels like making, and they’ll put on a song and get the room to come together with a toast to friends, love, life and a strong Negroni,” he says.
If you like a venue that’s committed to telling you a story, Apollonia is an underground bar that you’ll almost certainly fall in love with.
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