THE SYDNEY COLLECTIVE
We are a collective… of people, ideas and creativity.
Sydney Collective is the brainchild of bar baron Fraser Short and is made up of a passionate team of industry leading talent. We don’t see a space as simply a venue. We see a space as an experience, and we are in the business of giving exceptional experiences.
We celebrate good food and good times and are proud to be innovators in Australia’s vibrant bar and hospitality scene.
Welcome to The Sydney Collective.
Luxurious. Iconic. Memorable
Neon-drenched, Okinawa inspired Rock 'n' Roll bar
Manly's newest weddings and event space
Charming. Stylish. Cheeky
NORTHIES CRONULLA HOTEL
A landmark venue in the hearts of Cronulla residents
MONA VALE HOTEL
Celebrated by the local Northern Beaches community
"SYDNEY'S MOST INSTAGRAMMABLE VENUE" - Good Food
Luxurious, iconic and memorable, welcome to the world renowned Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel. Escape to this exclusive seaside oasis and enjoy a relaxed Yacht Club ambiance with a million dollar view. With three harbour front wedding and event spaces plus 31 boutique hotel suites, Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel has established itself as a landmark venue for Watsons Bay locals and families alike.
FOOD + DRINK
THE SUNSET ROOM
"IF MR MIYAGI, LAYNE BEACHLEY & FLUME WENT FOR A CHOW-DOWN, THEY’D DO IT AT DANIEL SAN’ – Concrete Playground
The neon-drenched, Okinawa inspired, Japanese Rock 'n' Roll bar is adventurous, energetic and a little bit weird. The only rule… there are no rules! Drop in off the beach for a feed and stay dancing until the early hours! Head upstairs and find yourself in the Beachside Dojo, Manly’s newest wedding & event space. The dominant east facing space has panoramic views through the famous Manly pine trees and sweeping vistas of Sydney’s iconic Manly Beach from the outdoor rooftop terrace.
PRIVATE DINING ROOM
“THE MORRISON BAR & OYSTER ROOM HAS INJECTED LOWER GEORGE STREET WITH THAT LITTLE BIT OF GLAMOUR WE'VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR… THE MORRISON BAR & OYSTER ROOM IS A CLASS ACT.” - CONCRETE PLAYGROUND
Fraser Short and Sean Connolly invite you on a culinary and cocktail journey through heritage Sydney.
What was the old Brooklyn Hotel is now the beautifully refurbished Morrison Bar and Oyster Room. Feel at home among friends as we invite you to be captured in the unique experience of charm and style that is The Morrison.
The iconic Northies Cronulla Hotel is grounded in the sandy shoreline of Cronulla beach. Northies is a landmark venue in the hearts of Cronulla residents and has been considered the epicentre of the area’s social scene since it was established in 1888. Boasting a vibrant sports bar, casual dining, live entertainment and a beach chic bar turn late night party spot, Northies is a must see hot spot.
Located in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Mona Vale Hotel has established itself as a landmark venue enjoyed and celebrated by the local Northern Beaches community. From catching up over a beer in our Sports Bar, to enjoying a casual long lunch in the beer garden, through to catching a gig in the Attic, Mona is a dependable favourite. Offering a variety of spaces catering to all types of functions, events and occasions; Mona Vale Hotel is the perfect beachside venue for everyone to enjoy.
Just metres back from Byron Bays famous Main Beach, The Balcony sits perched high above the hustle and bustle of Byron Bays busy streets. The Balcony offers views over Lawson and Jonson street, and captures the hippy come surf culture that Byron Bay is famous for. Our food ethos here is all about seasonal, ingredient focused food; come and enjoy the afternoon sun while you tuck into some freshly shucked oysters or sample some of the regions finest produce.
She’s an Australian icon - part of our cultural history and identity. She is sassy, saucy and in every way
seductive… She flaunts acceptance and equality and encourages the unexpected. She’s the stature of
strength and showmanship. She is The Imperial Hotel Sydney, and she is back!
Fraser Short is one of Australia’s most respected and awarded hoteliers with over 25 years’ experience in the food and beverage industry and a suite of success stories throughout his career. Owning and operating in excess of 20 bars, restaurants, wine bars and accommodation hotels – almost every Sydneysider, and countless tourists have enjoyed the vibrant atmosphere at one of Short’s venues.
Since his first venture at age 19 (ScuBar Down Under) Fraser has developed award-winning venues and is now considered to be one of the most influential operators in Australia’s hospitality landscape. In 2013 Spanton Media group awarded him for his lifetime contribution to the Hospitality industry, preceding his award as Publican of the Year by the Australian Liquor Industry Awards in 2015. In 2013 GQ acknowledged him in their 2013 Men of Influence following his award for Best Redeveloped Hotel for the Morrison Bar & Oyster Room and Best Social Media Activity by the Australian Hotels Association. Fraser’s development of Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel has been celebrated by TimeOut, the AHA, Bar Awards and WEOA with consecutive awards ranging from; Wedding Venue of the Year, Family Friendly Pub of the Year, Best Outdoor Facility and Best Social Media Activity.
The success continues as Fraser expands The Sydney Collective portfolio across The Imperial, Mona Vale Hotel, Northies Cronulla, Balcony Byron Bay and Daniel-San in Manly.
Across his career, Short has partnered with a range of world-class chefs, entertainers, stylists and architects to curate award-winning experiences for guests from Prince Harry, Khloe Kardashian, Bella Hadid, Destination NSW, and Tourism Australia to international tourists and Sydneysiders alike.
It is Short’s unique ability to mix iconic classics with innovative trends that take his ventures to new heights.
Group General Manager
James has been with The Sydney Collective since its inception and brings with him an extensive knowledge of both the Sydney and International hospitality landscape. With a passion for operations, customer service and a world class wine list, James oversees The Sydney Collective in the role of Group General Manager and has played an integral role in building the portfolio of award winning venues.
James is a born and bred Lower North Shore boy with a deep affinity for food, wine and the ocean. After completing his degree at UNSW, James travelled extensively across the Great Barrier Reef, Mediterranean and the Caribbean as First Mate and Dive Instructor on a Super Yacht. James’ firsthand insight into the vibrant yet laissez-fare lifestyle of the sea influences the atmosphere of The Sydney Collective’s waterside venues.
Wicks and Short have a long history of collaboration with James beginning his hospitality career working at Jacksons on George for Fraser’s father, Warwick Short. James then went on to work with Fraser at The Keystone Group where he managed a number of venues in the Keystone portfolio including Cargo Bar & Lounge, Bungalow 8, theloft, Sugarmill and Fringe Bar.
In 2012 James and Fraser partnered on the renovation and rebrand of the Brooklyn Hotel and launched The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room. Under James’ role as General Manager the venue won Best Redeveloped Hotel and Best Social Media Activity at the AHA awards in 2013.
James continues to lead The Sydney Collective overseeing all elements of the business with a focus on attracting and developing industry leading talent.
Talented, internationally acclaimed and one of the few top chefs with a mug that looks great on TV, Sean Connolly has a passion for honest food with an imaginative flair that has won the hearts of foodies across Australia, NZ and Britain. Accruing invaluable experience in top hotels and cruise liners throughout the UK, Sean arrived in Australia in 1988 and his passion for the dynamic produce Down Under quickly influenced his now signature style of cooking. Whipping up culinary delights in high end Aussie establishments, Sean’s career took a large step forward when he was appointed Executive Chef in Star City Casino’s Astral Restaurant in 1995.
Sean’s direction secured a long list of accolades and awards including the honour of winning five consecutive Chef’s Hats between 2007 – 2011, GQ Chef of the Year, four time AHA Chef of the Year and 2008 SMH Good Food Guide ‘Chef of the Year’…to list all the awards would just be bragging. In 2009 Sean partnered with SBS on the 13 part TV series “My Family Feast” to celebrate Australia’s love of food and family life, and penned an award winning (Paris Book Fair) cookbook in the same name. Fancy business indeed.
With his transition into celebrity chef status Sean developed a line of food products, opened Sean’s Kitchen in Adelaide and multi-million dollar restaurant ‘The Grill’ with SkyCity Auckland, successfully opening the world-class restaurant from scratch with a 100 day deadline and a budget of four million dollars.
Enough of Connolly’s ludicrously impressive CV and more about us! Joining The Sydney Collective team in 2012 Sean channeled his brilliance for creating premium casual-dining experiences as Executive Chef of our culinary gem ‘The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room’, developing an impressive menu that won the hearts of Sydneysiders. In 2016 Sean’s foodie magic travelled north with us as he became Executive Chef of Balcony Bar in Byron Bay.
A wealth of culinary knowledge and international prowess one can always expect delectable meals and a bellow of laughter from any of Sean’s international kitchens – best enjoyed with a side of his famous Duck Fat chips.