A cosy cocktail lounge featuring a capsule art gallery and casual dining.
The ever changing Gallery Lounge is a chameleon of creativity and energy. A new list of house recipe concoctions are served every week, as well as a highlighted feature artist on the gallery wall. Activities are always free and community based, with a delectable menu that's perfect for a pre-show feed.
Tues – Sat: 6pm – late
Gallery Exhibition: Iris Huang
Our next exhibition is from Sydney artist Iris Huang, which will be on display and on sale in the Gallery Lounge bar from 23 May to 3 June. Enjoy her incredible works throughout the fortnight, and join us from 5pm on Tuesday 23 May for a special free Launch event!
Iris will also be hosting a paper quilling class in the venue on Tuesday 23rd May from 6:30pm (tickets $40 and sold separately, either pre purchased or on the night in-venue).
Artist Bio: As a passionate quilling paper artist based in the vibrant city of Sydney, Iris Huang has spent years honing their skills and mastering the intricate art of quilling. Also brings a unique perspective to her quilling creations. She seamlessly blends traditional quilling techniques with contemporary design elements, resulting in artworks that are both timeless and modern.
Gallery Exhibition: Fabian Svejkar
Our visual art exhibition for this week is from Sydney artist Fabian Svejkar, which will be on display from the 6th to the 10th of June, with a special Launch event on the 6th starting from 6pm with full bar and kitchen service, as well as free live music from Pyjama Sundayz and Fergus Bailey & the Teeth during the evening!
‘Exposure’ visually documents a burgeoning live music scene in Sydney from 2016 to 2023 between lock-outs and lockdown. Photographer and Videographer, Fabian Svejkar turned his hobby taking photos as favours for friend’s bands into a marketable profession, hopscotching across the city as venues fought to open and stave off closure in an ever-changing Sydney landscape. From pubs to concert halls, clubs to bowlos, festivals to DIY warehouses – the spaces show themselves just as dynamic as the artists in his work.
Through the revealing form of 35mm & medium format film photography, and 8mm tape video; Svejkar works with low-light, fast-paced environments and grain, often employing a shallow depth-of-field or fill flash to capture ‘small moments’ – a memory of the event. The exhibition will launch with over 50 prints, an 8mm video loop presentation and live performances to recapture the sense of agitation among the angry and the avid in the spaces we occupy.
Live Jazz Bar – June 10th
A free evening of gold standard Live Jazz by The Sazeracs in the Gallery Lounge. Enjoy a smooth and sexy night of top quality music alongside our full food and weekly house cocktail menus. Entry is free but bookings recommended.
Gallery Exhibition: Alvin Ruiyuan Zhong & Amy Ge
Our new visual art exhibition this week is from artists Alvin Ruiyuan Zhong & Amy Ge. A selection of their works will be on display and available for purchase from Tuesday 13th until Saturday 24th June.
The free Exhibition Launch will be from 5pm on Tuesday 13th May, so come along and enjoy the first look at the stunning works alongside our brand new weekly house cocktail menu… and then stick around for our Tuesday evening Live Jazz in the space from 7:30!
Local Sydney artist Freddie Stafford, will be presenting a set of reinvented jazz standards mixed with original music derived from his background in jazz and contemporary music arranged for a piano and double bass duo.
Described by many as an “old soul” Tilli Kay delivers a vocal performance beyond her years. The Northern Beaches 18 year old singer / songwriter delights with rich tones, insightful and introspective original compositions and clever interpretations of classic covers. Inspired by blues, jazz and folk legends, Tilli Kay combines her youthful energy with mature insight as she revels in delighting an appreciative audience.
Werewolf Game Night
Once a month, under the light of a full(ish) moon, Meraki is your home and host for the ultimate game of deception, teamwork, and treachery… WEREWOLF!
The game alternates between Night and Day rounds, starting with Night. To begin, the host tell all players to close their eyes, they given roles and goals (some helpful, some devious!) and then they all awake… and the race to uncover the werewolves before they pick off the villagers one by one begins.
Filled with twists and tension and best enjoyed with a cocktail or two to get your synapses firing, Meraki’s Werewolf night is the perfect way to experience one of the best party games alongside food and drink almost as delicious as unsuspecting villagers.
Gallery Exhibition: Solaris Shariati
Our new visual art exhibition this week is from artist Solaris Shariati. A selection of their works will be on display and available for purchase in the Gallery Lounge from Tuesday 27th June until Saturday 1st July. Enjoy his incredible works throughout the week, and join us from 5pm on Tuesday 27 June for a special free Launch event!
Meet Solaris (@beeanboyy), a 19 year old trans artist who has created intricate blue ballpoint pen drawings of European architecture and natural beauty.
Femeraki Festival Launch Party
Step into a world where feminine power ignites, voices rise, and unity flourishes. The stage is set, the spotlight glimmers, and anticipation fills the air as Femeraki, a groundbreaking feminist festival, unveils its breathtaking opening night. Prepare to be mesmerized by a symphony of diversity, celebrating the boundless spirit of womxn and their allies.
As the curtains part, the energy surges through the crowd, pulsating with an electrifying blend of art, music, and activism. From thought-provoking performances to captivating visual displays, this opening night of Femeraki weaves a tapestry of empowerment, unapologetic expression, and inclusive, intersectional storytelling.
Tickets are $15 with a drink included with the purchase.
Hungry for Attention Gameshow: Femeraki Festival
You like game shows? Of course you do! Wanna see Freya Reviews put two comedians through their paces? Join us in the Gallery Lounge for the beloved comedic and casual game show Hungry for Attention, now performing live at Meraki where you can enjoy the show with our full food and drink menus… including our special weekly house cocktails.
Positive Self-Portrait Drawing Class: Femeraki Festival
Embark on a transformative journey of self-love and artistic expression at the positive self-image drawing class, led by the visionary artist Jess Zlotnick. Hosted within the vibrant realm of the Femeraki Festival, curated by Queen Hades Productions, this captivating workshop is designed to empower and celebrate the beauty within each and every one of us.
In this safe and inclusive space, Jess Zlotnick invites participants to embrace their unique features, quirks, and strengths. Through her expert guidance, you will learn to wield the pencil as a tool of self-discovery and affirmation, unlocking the inner artist that resides in all of us. All drawing materials provided.
Thursday 6th July
Event begins at 6:30
Duration 90 minutes
Meraki Arts Bar
231 OXFORD STREET, DARLINGHURST NSW 2010
TUES - SAT 6PM - Late