Merivale opens Little Felix on Ash Street

The 1920s Paris-inspired interior.
The 1920s Paris-inspired interior. Photo: Supplied

Looking for somewhere new for after-work drinks in the city? Little Felix is opening its doors next door to big brother, that's Felix of the restaurant variety on Ash Street.

It takes a bit to turn Good Food's over-stimulated eye, but its 1920s Paris-inspired interior is a head turner.

As is the way with many Merivale venues, the credits run longer than Star Wars.

The design is a collaboration between Justin and Bettina Hemmes, ACME and stylist Amanda Talbot.
The design is a collaboration between Justin and Bettina Hemmes, ACME and stylist Amanda Talbot. Photo: Supplied

The design is a collaboration between Justin and Bettina Hemmes, leading design firm ACME (The Grounds) and stylist Amanda Talbot.

Felix's head chef Nathan Johnson will look after a simple menu of charcuterie and cheeses, and the wine list has been curated by sommeliers Franck Moreau and Jean-Charles Mahe.

"We have taken the well-known classic cocktails from the great Parisian bars and hotels of the early 20th century, and gently refreshed them to make drinks relevant today," says group bars manager Sam Egerton. "Embracing provenance as a guide for these developments, we used French liquors as modifiers to the tried and tested recipes." 

Last year Good Food revealed plans had been lodged for the bar. And while it has taken a predictable Sydney amount of time for it to come to life, Little Felix also reflects a shift towards more diminutive venues for Justin Hemmes.

He's already opened Bar Topa around the corner, and a bar version of Totti's and a casual Lebanese bar and diner are set to follow later this year on George Street.

Open Mon-Wed 5pm-late; Thu-Fri 3pm-late.

Little Felix, 2a Ash Street, Sydney, merivale.com/littlefelix/