Captain Cook Cruises launches Sydney’s first ever hop-on-hop-off floating gastro-pub and restaurant
Captain Cook Cruises, one of Sydney’s pre-eminent tourism and hospitality businesses for the last 50-years will emerge from a cocoon of reinvention this week to launch the city’s first ever hop-on-hop-off floating pub and dining experience – the Harbour Bar & Restaurant – forever changing the way Sydneysiders can experience a day of eating and drinking on Sydney harbour.
Once a boat purpose built for sightseeing and overseas visitors, Captain Cook’s flagship vessel Sydney 2000, has received a unique facelift not unlike the rooftop bars, modern gastro-pubs, craft breweries and waterfront restaurants our city has become so synonymous with.
The new Harbour Bar & Restaurant consists of two distinct experiences spread across an upper and lower deck, offering guests flexibility onboard to easily move between an early dinner with views of the harbour, followed by an evening of cocktails with endless city views.
The new and revolutionary Harbour Bar concept will be open from 12pm to 10:30pm each day, stopping in 90-minute intervals at King Street Wharf, Darling Harbour and Circular Quay both collecting and disembarking guests.
Guests looking for a weekend of entertainment can forget public transport or even a traditional Sydney city pub crawl on foot – the Harbour Bar is the newest way to bask in the beauty of a warm evening in the city while also moving around the best parts of our harbour at the same time.
The new restaurant will open during the same hours but will also feature live acoustic soloists and entertainment on deck from 1:30pm each day. Reserve a 90-minute sitting in the Harbour Restaurant and bookend your experience in the Bar with a fine Australian wine, a craft beer or a distinctly Sydney cocktail designed by one of the new on-board mixologists. Check out the bar menu here.
The new restaurant also features a redesigned menu that includes Australian beef, crispy skin miso barramundi and freshly shucked oysters, as well as both vegetarian and vegan options. Check out the restaurant menu here.
General Manager of Captain Cook Cruises, Anthony Haworth, said that the new Harbour Bar and Restaurant was not just the product of adapting to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, but an opportunity to better reflect how Sydneysiders enjoyed their Harbour in 2020.
According to Haworth, the pandemic resulted in almost a 100% downturn in revenue but this presented the opportunity to create a truly unique Sydney Harbour hospitality experience. Something that has never been offered on Sydney Harbour before.
“Captain Cook Cruises created the sightseeing cruise on Sydney harbour focused on tourists. Now we are creating a unique harbour bar and dining experience focused on Sydneysiders. Something that hasn’t been done before,” Haworth said.
“Our new Harbour Bar and Restaurant aims to deliver a waterfront bar and dining experience with the perfect blend of relaxed, casual but stylish ambience, fresh local produce and spectacular views. It’s perfect for a quick lunch, a casual catch up, a dinner with friends before a night out in the city or one of those long, lazy Sunday sessions. Our new Harbour Restaurant redefines the waterfront bar and dining experience on the world’s most beautiful harbour in one of the world’s most sophisticated cities.”
Captain Cook Cruises – Harbour Bar & Restaurant