Once the heart of an old power station, a century-old space in Victoria Park Market's Destructor building has been revived.
The Libertine in Freemans Bay takes its cue from the Americas, but with an Antipodean twist.
A play on a term used to describe a person devoid of moral restraints and who values physical pleasures, the Libertine offers what it describes as “sinfully good, free-thinking food and drink” in inspired surroundings.
It's named after the Albemarle Club, a private members’ club founded in 1874 by Oscar Wilde (a quote from whom features on the bar's website) and rocked by scandal in 1895 when the Marquess of Queensberry burst in demanding to find and lock up Oscar, a notable libertine of the ages.
From the huge tree that enjoys centre spot to the exposed brick and a suspended floor taking advantage of the large western facing windows and a spacious deck, the Libertine is carrying on the tradition of other great Pack & Company establishments, which include the Imperial, Snapdragon, Neighbourhood, Shaky Isles, and Everybody's.
In fact, one of Pack's own establishments, the Roxy, was named as a finalist in the international Restaurant and Bar design awards this week, alongside Cafe Hanoi.