First Look: Door Knock Sydney Bar by Gourmantic

Door Knock, the new subterranean bar by Owner/Operator Natalie Ng and Justin Best is set to be a cosy hideaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. The cocktail and wine bar will be located at 70 Pitt St in Sydney, taking over the space that was Norsk Dor. Step through the security entrance, down the stairs and look for the brass pineapple door knock.

“We want it to be a home away from home,” Natalie says. “Door Knock has a beautiful cozy cabin-like feel where you could come down and sample from a cocktail list that is fun and innovative but doesn’t take itself too seriously”.

On board is Jonothan Carr (previously of KittyhawkArchie Rose) as Bar Manager. He brings a list of 8 to 10 cocktails and a 30 to 40 strong wine list. “The first cocktail list will be solid and a good introduction to the venue. It’s fun, approachable, with no pretension and non-category driven. We give every category a good showcase. It will be forward-thinking and innovative,” Jonothan says.

There’s a strong wine program in place. “The wine lists will imitate the cocktail lists, changing with what we love to drink while showcasing much of the new movement into natural wines, and at the same time staying true to the people’s favourites. However our hope is that customers will be willing to try something weird and wonderful and discover new favourites!” Natalie says. “We love sherry and fortified so there will also be a strong focus there.”

The food menu will complement the beverage offering and is designed to be shared along with larger substantial dishes. Heading the kitchen is Voltaire Silva, hailing from Barry Macdonald’s Fratelli Fresh and Cucina in Double Bay. Expect his menu to have all your favourite things to eat but with a cool twist. Think Fried chicken, salted daikon, toasted pita & spicy shrimp seasoning; BBQ Pork Belly burnt ends, cauliflower puree & watercress; and Lightly smoked beef tartare, egg yolk confit, crispy onion.

Originally published 19 October 2017. Updated 15 November 2017.

The Venue

Door Knock is accessed from Pitt St. Walk down a flight of stairs, down a long corridor, veer to the right and you’re almost there. To enter, use the pineapple door knock to knock three times then pull the door open.