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cushion is part of the Crowne Plaza at Coogee and is quite different from what you would expect from a hotel bar. It seems quite separate from the rest of the property and is a refreshing alternative to the Coogee Bay Hotel or The Palace! There are no pissed backpackers in sight and it seems to attract a younger more stylish crowd who order beers in bottles and not jugs.
The bar has dim lighting with a very funky blue back lit bar and as the name suggests in filled with “cushions”. Well, ottomans really but there is no need to be picky. My only criticism of this area is they make the mistake of having the couches placed behind the tall bar stools and tables that sit along the glass windows at the front. Frankly what is the point of having a bar that overlooks the beach if you block the view for most of the punters?
Service is provided by young friendly staff. They have a great cocktail menu that ranges from the fairly standard $12 as well as a bar menu that features yummy “hand stretched” pizzas and other nibbles. The wine by the glass selection has a few nicer drops and they have both tap and bottled beer.
The bar also has a restaurant section that is defined by wooden tables and chairs, red cylinder lighting and candles. The menu is simple but satisfying fare. I had the salmon served with fennel and tomato and Sebastian Longsfellow had beef and mash. Both were tasty but not cheap at about $24 each. My suggestion would be stick to the pizza if you do not want to blow the budget.
Of course a bar is Sydney is barely complete without a gaming room and cushion is no exception. Thankfully the designer was insightful enough to tuck it away so that you can hardly notice it – bravo!
When cushion opened about a year ago I wrote it off as trying too hard to be cool. Now that it has had time to age a bit and the sharp edges have smoothed out it has turned out very well. A great place to relax and enjoy a cocktail.
review by: Katie Haire