Sydney gets new Japanese-style listening bar, Rekōdo

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  • Opening next month, residents include Adi Toohey, Ayebatonye and Simon Caldwell.
  • Sydney gets new Japanese-style listening bar, Rekōdo image
  • A new Japanese-style listening bar is opening in Sydney on Friday, September 16th. Rekōdo, which means "record" in Japanese, will double as a restaurant, serving food, sake cocktails, wine, 50-plus whiskies and more. It'll occupy the first floor of Barangaroo House, a three-storey, waterside venue in Sydney's Barangaroo area. The sound system comprises two Klipsch La Scala AK5 speakers, a McIntosh MC152 amplifier, a McIntosh MP100 phono preamplifier and a set of McIntosh MT2 turntables. The venue will have its own vinyl library, and host guest DJs and curated playlists. The first curators will be singer-songwriter Meg Mac (September), synth pop artist Donny Benét (October) and dance-pop duo Lazywax (November). Resident DJs, who will spin Thursday through Sunday, include Adi Toohey, Ayebatonye, Soul of Sydney DJs, Rebecca Rosenfunk, Phil Smart, Andy Webb and Simon Caldwell. "I think there's something about the pace of listening to a vinyl record," said Benét. "It slows everything down. You sit down and listen a bit more intently, and I think you end up appreciating the music more." Rekōdo will open every day except Monday from midday through 10 PM. Find out more via the Barangaroo House website.
    Photo: Ingo Ellerbusch