Not content with creating four of Sydney’s favourite venues in Bar Planet, Cantina OK!, Tio’s and The Cliff Dive — plus the beloved OK! sparkling margarita seltzer — Mucho hospitality group has just served up another absolute home run with its new hidden underground cocktail lair Centro 86.
Described as an “old, fancy Mexican cantina on shrooms”, the fresh Sydney CBD opening takes the magic of Bar Planet, as well as Cantina OK!’s love of margaritas, and applies it to an expansive 110-seat space. But before you settle in for a few fanciful cocktails, you’ve got to find the bar first.
Wander down Pitt Street until you find the Centro 86 sign. At this point, you’ll have to take a right-hand turn and venture around to the unassuming Hoskings Place, where you’ll find a fire escape and luminous Centro 86 sign, which will lead you down two flights of stairs to the moody subterranean watering hole.
Mucho has kept things local, working with a collection of Sydney and Australian artists to transform the space. David Humphries, the mind behind Bar Planet’s psychedelic countertops, is back to inject big splashes of colour into the bar — while the team has enlisted local stained-glass artists, ceramicists, furniture makers and visual artists to bring the venue to life.
Margaritas are the name of the game at Centro 86, with five varieties on the menu, including the sensational and ultra-unique parsley-topped Verde — a must-try. Adding to that something special is a set of…