Set in a heritage listed medicine dispensary of 1862, the building now dispenses contemporary food and drink.
THE APO aims to be a representation of the past and the future. The 154-year-old brick walls speak of the history that contrasts with the modern materials and furniture. Picture a grandiose ball of Carrara marble that sits in the fireplace, and a custom designed brass wall piece with pony hair.
THE APO’s dining room, with it’s minimalistic furnishings, creates a sense of calm; but it’s location ensures a constant buzz. The front window allows diners to take in the valley’s nighttime atmosphere, while the back window looks onto the small restaurants and boutiques that occupy Bakery Lane.
The venue is unique in that it comprises a restaurant downstairs and a bar upstairs, with a private dining room. Downstairs, you can sit at the bar and watch the open kitchen in play, or one of the bar staff in action with the hand cranked, antique Crawley cocktail shaker. This abstract piece of machinery has over 200 years of thought behind its design, in order to mix you a truly unique cocktail that you are sure to remember.
Relax, sit back and stay a while in the dining room, as the food and wine encourages this approach to eating out.
The menu is designed to focus on seasonal ingredients and a progressive cooking style, where foraging for quality produce is central to the true APO experience.
Head up to the oak bar where there’s a range of aperitifs, whiskeys and other unique spirits to drink on the rocks or with your favourite mixer. If you are feeling a little more adventurous, have one of the staff shake up a cocktail from some quirky creations like a wild mushroom infused Bloody Mary or a Cookies and Cream Grasshopper. Take a seat on the balcony overlooking the laneway or sit inside next to the marble feature wall.
Overlooking Bakery Lane and the hustle and bustle of Ann Street, THE APO is home to a contrast of spaces that are suited to any occasion, intimate or large. THE APO is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday, and lunch Wednesday through Sunday.