The Cats Meow

  • 2020

  • Architectural
    Interior Design

Designed By:

  • Henderson & Co.

Commissioned By:

Muse Projects

Designed In:


The Cats Meow – an exploratory adventure into Sydney’s dark and glamorous past. We set out to capture this essence, and the best ingredients that shaped Sydney’s infamous Darlinghurst over the decades, distilled into a venue that captures the imagination, asks for no forgiveness, passes no judgement and celebrates the provocative.

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Image: Elie Azzi
Image: Elie Azzi
Image: Elie Azzi
Image: Elie Azzi
Image: Elie Azzi
Image: Elie Azzi
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  • Darlinghurst was once the entertainment precinct of Sydney, this reality is something that has faded dismally in the past two decades, a suburb with so much history, where so many characters have contributed to its infamy, a place that holds hundreds of years of memories. This project seeks to be aid in bringing a touch of the best back to life.... adding new life back to the golden mile - Oxford Street The Cats Meow is a nod to the past, a new drinking playground, a place that’s reclaiming Sydney’s Grit and Polish. A place thats 'Beautifully Dark’.

  • For us it is very important not to set out to recreate something of the past in a literal sense. We don’t want to ever create a themed product, per se, in this instance, we wanted to capture the best components and ideals of what was happening locally and abroad, in the 1920’s and acknowledge the current market and desired future market of Sydney’s hospitality scene going forward. It is not just about relying on aesthetic cues, the Cat’s Meow strives to capture the movement behind the roaring 20’s and the 2020’s.

  • The Cats Meow has already become a neighbourhood haunt, revered by locals and visitors from further abroad from its sheer point of difference and offering. Its proudly set a new benchmark for Cocktail Bars & parties in Sydney. Its given locals something to be proud about on their beloved (yet nearly forgotten) Oxford St. We hope it continues to spark a positive change in the industry and area.

  • We have composed a presentation in the Supporting Materials section, that shows the journey from inception to completion. We feel this will give a compelling overview for the project.