La Dolce Pool Club


La Dolce Pool Club with Pernod Ricard

We were asked to curate a week long series of events to launch the revamp of  Merivale’s popular Pool Club in collaboration with Pernod Ricard, just in time for Summer. With Italian fine dining restaurant Uccello taking over the menu Chef David Lovett created a customised showcase of this for these . We drew inspiration from the Italian Riviera and the lush citrus groves around Ventimiglia. It was a chance to show Sydney the real Dolce Vita: like a gorgeous summer palazzo, without the kitsch. The space was dotted with Neo Classical pots and urns, spilling over with Sicilian lemons and olive branches and given a modern twist with unique custom neon signage hung around the venue. Four exclusive cabanas, decorated for Absolut Elyx in soft shades of copper, with luxurious cushions and delicate details, were designed to create an elegant VIP experience.


To capture the golden age of leisure, we devised a series of special event nights, to help everyone get into the spirit of Mambo Italiano! Monday night had a Sinatra mood, with poolside tables for two, draped in gingham tablecloths and romantic lighting for all the bella signoras. Roving Rat Pack style crooners and an Absolut Elyx martini trolley keep the party going.  On Tuesday, Mambo Italiano was all about dining poolside a la famiglia, with an Italo-Cuban vibe: Anita Ekberg look-a-likes, dapper waiters, live musicians and trays of Havana Club Shots. The back bar became little Havana for the night. Inside and outside Uccello,  we created over laden long feasting tables whilst Fabio Spizzico and his team looked after the many guests. Our amazing custom created italian dinner dance band Bravo, made the mood even more festive!

Wednesday night was La Dolce Vita, a big fiesta night, the space designed with stalls offering Mediterranean antipasti and drinks from all of Merivale’s Italian restaurants. Thursday and Friday turned into long lunches; just try to drag yourself back to the office! With an Italian BBQ, outdoor games, bocce and model yacht races. The whole space was dotted with bright potted geraniums and market produce, like the most stylish Italian town square. Afternoon turned to early evening, and time for aperitivo, that stylish tradition of elegant cocktails and nibbles to help you ease into the night. Which lead us to…”Grazie a Dio”, it’s Thursday and Friday night! Avion Tequila cocktails, stylish Milanese-style waiters in shirtsleeves and aprons, guest DJ’s and incredible lighting, it might have felt like Italy, but was pure Sydney.