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Captain Cook Launches the First Pub ‘Cruise and Crawl’ Experience on Sydney Harbour

By Captain Cook Cruises
Posted: 22 Sep 2020
What do you get when you mix one of Sydney’s pre-eminent tourism sightseeing businesses with a first of its kind floating cruise-cum-pub and restaurant experience? You get the very definition of post-pandemic innovation.

Introducing Captain Cook Cruises’ new Harbour Bar & Restaurant, the newest way for local Sydneysiders to eat and drink their way - pub crawl style - around the most spectacular harbour in the world.

The Harbour Bar and Restaurant experience will launch this weekend at a time when not just Sydney but the entire world, has been challenged to think differently when it comes to outdoor guest experiences. Hospitality is one of those key areas where innovation can meet the changing needs of consumers.

Innovation is something that Captain Cook Cruises has been doing for the best part of 50-years with its renowned sightseeing and whale watching tours, but if there has been a silver lining to the challenges faced by our city’s tourism and hospitality industry it has been this businesses’ ability to recognise what Sydneysiders want from a day on the harbour.

Once a boat purpose built for sightseeing and overseas visitors, Captain Cook’s flagship vessel Sydney 2000 has received a unique facelift not unlike the rooftop bars, modern gastro-pubs, craft breweries, wine bars and waterfront restaurants our city has become so synonymous with.

General Manager of Captain Cook Cruises, Anthony Haworth, said that the new Harbour Bar and Restaurant was not just the product of adapting to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, but an opportunity to better reflect how Sydneysiders enjoyed their Harbour in 2020.

According to Haworth, the pandemic resulted in almost a 100% downturn in revenue but this presented the opportunity to create a truly unique Sydney Harbour hospitality experience. Something which has never been offered on the Harbour before.  

“Captain Cook Cruises created the sightseeing cruise on Sydney harbour focused on tourists. Now we are creating a unique harbour bar and dining experience focused on Sydneysiders. Something that hasn’t been done before.” Haworth said.

“Our new Harbour Bar and Restaurant aims to deliver a waterfront bar and dining experience with the perfect blend of relaxed, casual but stylish ambience, fresh local produce and spectacular views. It’s perfect for a quick lunch, a casual catch up, a dinner with friends before a night out in the city or one of those long lazy Sunday sessions. Our new Harbour Restaurant redefines the waterfront bar & dining experience on the world’s most beautiful harbour in one of the world's most sophisticated cities.”

The new Harbour Bar and Restaurant consists of two distinct experiences spread across an upper and lower deck, offering guests flexibility onboard to easily move between an early dinner with views of the harbour, followed by an evening of cocktails with endless city views.

The new and revolutionary Harbour Bar concept will be open from 12pm to 10:30pm each day, stopping in 90-minute intervals at King Street Wharf, Darling Harbour and Circular Quay both collecting and disembarking guests.

Guests looking for a weekend of entertainment can forget public transport or even a traditional Sydney city pub crawl on foot, the Harbour Bar is the newest way to bask in the beauty of a warm evening in the city while also moving around the best parts of our harbour at the same time. 

The new restaurant will open during the same hours but will also feature live acoustic soloists and entertainment on deck throughout the day.

Reserve a 90-minute sitting in the Harbour Restaurant and bookend your experience in our bar with a fine Australian wine, a craft beer or a distinctly Sydney cocktail (i.e Southerly Busta Iced Tea Mojito) designed by one of our new on-board mixologists. 

 
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