After a record-breaking five year stint, the team behind one of Sydney’s most loved and long-lasting pop up bars, called last drinks and bid farewell to their iconic island home this week, promising to resurrect the popular Island Bar in a fabulous new undisclosed location next summer.


When it opened on Cockatoo Island in 2010, Island Bar was an instant hit with locals and tourists alike.

Located in Sydney Harbour, Cockatoo Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that functioned as one of Australia’s biggest shipyards from 1857 to 1991.


In keeping with the island’s rich maritime history, Island bar was constructed from recycled shipping containers, giving it a suitably industrial look.

Bar owner Mike Edkins told The Daily Telegraph, “When we opened The Island Bar, we were the first to bring the shipping container pop up concept to Sydney and make it a reality.”


And Sydneysiders were quick to embrace the cargo bar concept.

With 350,000 visitors passing through since the opening in late 2010, Island Bar set and maintains the record for longest standing Sydney pop up restaurant of its kind.

Lonely Planet ranked the venue among the ‘Top 50 Bars in the World for 2015’.


With a smorgasbord of summery cocktails, delicious wood-fired pizzas and regular parties by guest DJs, all delivered from a prime position, perched at the edge of Cockatoo Island overlooking Sydney Harbour, it’s little wonder that the popular shipping container bar enjoyed such unprecedented longevity.