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The Russian Coachman

Address: 763 Bourke St Surry Hills NSW 2016
Phone: (02) 9319 7705
Email: welcome@coachmen.com.au

Tags: russian music, cabaret, russian vodka, show, russian

Housed under a historic edifice erected by prisoners some 150 years in the past, the Russian Coachman stands tall and fully embodies the Imperial Russia’s grandeur and the colonial Australia’s natural pulchritude, just waiting at Bourke St., Surry Hills. The interior houses antiquities and works of art that distinguishes itself from the unscathed walls of sandstone, perfect with any events.

The menu is based on Russian cuisine, and of course vodka is served. The menu also offers for group diners, to look at their exquisite 3 course dinner set menu. They also serve lunch from 12 noon up until 3pm from Thursday to Sunday. The menu for lunch is wide, from soups to apps and salads, to pastas and risottos, to mains and dishes; a lot to choose from. For their cocktail menu, not only do they serve Russian vodka cocktails, they also offer a range of spirits and beers. But if you really want to go all out vodka, then the vodka tasting menu is perfect for you. Everything is set, from the 3 types of vodkas up to the entrees and mains. And if you’re lucky enough to book a table on a Saturday, you can get a glimpse of the marvelous cabaret and live music shows.

Their bar offers a massive range of vodka, with international sources and beers.

Events are also booked here, from meetings to seminars, from corporate functions to weddings. With a free room hire, a provided full catering and AV equipments up for hire, you can never go wrong in this wide yet intimate ambiance of fire places.

Located in a majestic heritage building constructed by convicts more than 150 years ago, The Coachmen embodies the luxury and splendour of Imperial Russia and the natural beauties of colonial Australia.

Adorned with age-old artefacts and paintings, which contrasts with the untouched sandstone walls - a stunning setting for every occasion.

The log fires in two of the rooms make a great backdrop to the hearty offerings from the kitchen and the lashings of warming vodka.

Spoil yourself by booking a night of food, fun and entertainment at one of Sydney's best and tastiest restaurants!

Live music, cabaret show, Russian traditional and continental cuisine from A la-Carte or Set Menu, vodka tasting, Russian cocktails, bar & cellar room, dance floor.

Corporate functions or romantic dinner - whatever is the occasion - The Coachmen is the perfect place to celebrate.

. The History of The Coachmen .

1809 - Thos. Campbell was brought to Australia to manage the administrative side of the Governor’s Office. He soon became one of Governor Macquarie’s most trusted friends and a honoured leader amongst the community.

1826 - Thos. Campbell was granted 40 acres of land by Governor Macquarie as a token of appreciation for his loyal and trust-worthy efforts. Thos. Campbell decided to build a home for his wife in the middle of this land, which was surrounded by trees and rolling hills, with Sydney lying some few miles away. Using convict labour, the stonework was cut by hand, and completed in a matter of ten months at a cost of $40. Thos. Campbell’s home was soon to become the landmark of Sydney.

1830 - Thos. Campbell died and was buried at Devonshire Street Cemetery, leaving his estate to his widow.

1868 - The estate was purchased by Thos. Elsmore for $100 with a deposit of $10.

1901 - The house was later purchased and became a parsonage for a number of years.

1915 - The house was purchased by Samuel Goldstein, shirtmaker, who used the part of the building (now the restaurant) as living quarters and the other half as a ballroom.

1960 - Joseph Malek and Wolfie Pizem, in a search of an authentic Convict-built home, discovered the "Coachmen" and immediately realised their ambitions to open a colonial style restaurant.

1995 - The New Era of the restaurant began when Vadim and Mila Rodov renaming it into "The Russian Coachman". The new owners gave it a Russian feeling and atmosphere and of course the authentic Russian food was the base of their menu. The restaurant was also famous for having the largest Vodka collection in the Southern Hemisphere, numbering over 200 bottles from around the globe, which was passionately collected by Vadim.

2004 - The history of the restaurant does not stop here. Year 2004 marks a new phase in the rebirth of the restaurant with the new owners, the new menu and the new beginning.

Fridays & Saturdays - Live Music, Live Shows

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