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A New Bar And Culture Club Is Opening Next Week Beneath Central Station

15 December 2022 | 11:47 am | Parry Tritsiniotis

Up a ramp and behind a door sits the SHADES backroom, which is a warehouse style setting which will showcase a roster of resident DJs.

Opening next week, SHADES is a new bar and cultural club located within EDDY, a temporary precinct at Central Station in the heart of Sydney/Eora.

The space is created by the team behind Golden Age Cinema & Bar and acts as an "exploration of sight, sound and taste, tucked away beneath Australia’s busiest train station."

Acting as an ode to their roots in cinema, the name SHADES is a reference to the bar in Jim Jarmusch's 1989 humanist manifesto Mystery Train. 

The venue is designed by Michael Delaney whose portfolio chronicles some of Sydney's most culturally significant venues including Cafe Freda's, Club 77 & Piccolo Bar. The interior is rumoured to feature a mix of low and highbrow references, both harmoniously and hilariously.

The front room will be an intimate standing bar serving wine from Australia's East Coast, disco-inspired cocktails and cold beer. 

Music is also a big part of the venue's ethos, with the front bar featuring a Pitt & Giblin speakers system and an ever evolving vinyl collection with guest selectors invited regularly to play their favourite tunes. 

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Up a ramp and behind a door sits the SHADES backroom, which is a warehouse style setting which will showcase a roster of resident DJs, special guests and experimental cinema screenings by the Golden Age Cinema programming team.

It will also host restored vintage Klipsch speakers stacks which are salvaged from Sydney's iconic Sublime nightclub.

“It’s rare and exciting to be opening this kind of experimental venue in a location like Central,” says Chris Barton, co-founder of Golden Age Cinema & Bar.

"Cities are unique because of their different layers and this is a great opportunity to provide something that we feel is missing in this part of town. We want to create a space in the heart of the city where people feel free to be themselves, have fun and take that positive energy back out into the world.” 

The venue opens as a part of the new dining, culture and retail precinct taking over Central Station's Eddy Avenue. The new multi-dimensional precinct is taking over the north side of the station and will facilitate 13 new temporary tenants including pizza bar OLTRA DISC, the new home of Nomad Radio and a recording studio by Planet Trip Records. 

You can keep up to date with all the SHADES news via their Instagram below.