Thought the collaboration between Snoop Dog and Dr. Dre was awesome?

Well, you’ll be excited to hear then that there’s a new col-lab in town and it brings together some of Sydney’s best beats with one of Sydney’s best eats.

That’s right, folks, PLAY BAR is excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with the super talented Nighthawk Diner guys to present The Nighthawk Underground; a permanent extension of The Nighthawk Diner, now open at PLAY.

No strangers to good food or good times, The Nighthawk Diner (AKA Al and Jim) have made quite the name for themselves hauling their mobile dining trailer ‘round Sydney dishing up their modern take on non-bastardized, Americana style food. At PLAY BAR, the guys have created a unique menu that’s set to take dining at PLAY underground, late night NYC style.

So, what’s on offer? How about a delicious selection of 6-inch sub sandwiches served on Nighthawk’s handmade potato brioche bun? Options include The Philly Cheesesteak (roast beef brisket, sautéed onions, green peppers, Monterrey Jack cheese, mayo and mustard) & the new Jerk Chicken Sub. They’re also dishing up Yankee Nachos. Yep, nachos. Possibly the world’s best boozy snack.

If you haven’t already cancelled tonight’s plans to make tracks to PLAY, when you hear that the entire Nighthawk Underground menu is $9 bucks you probably should. Don’t say we didn’t tell you…

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Delish #Pizza open sub only $9 available all night #vegetarian or #supreme


A little about the guys…


The Nighthawk Diner, founded by us, a couple of young chefs with backgrounds in French fine dining. We have been borderline-obsessed with American culture since we were raised feeling as though Chevy Chase was the father every boy dreamed of, and Sesame Street was just a suburb over.

With years spent in hatted Sydney restaurants and traveling throughout North America, we both developed a serious love for American cuisine and more importantly, American dining culture.

The Nighthawk Diner has a workforce entity of 3: the truck, the trailer, the people. The 1959 International ‘Harvester’s Scout’, or as she prefers to be addressed, ‘Queen Latifa’, is at the front of the list because she is just that, the Queen. She is paid better than the us, has more time off than us and has her big shiny behind tended to more than any member of royalty could ever wish for. The trailer is a streamlined, custom-built throwback to American recreational trailers; it contains the heart of the business. ‘Queenie’s shiny bedonkadonk’ is where is all happens. The people are Al and Jim, young chefs on a crusade: of food, fun and whatever the hell Queen Latifa decides is the beef of the day!

The fit out of the trailer allows them to alter the menu as we or our clients see fit. Cheeseburgers and Chili Fries are usually the staples on the menu but we will be running with a NY style deli theme for the next while with handmade Bagels and Subs sided with Fresh Apple Slaw or Potato Salad. Non-bastardized, handmade simplicity – all ingredients including the bun, made from scratch.

Among other projects, we have created a late night NYC basement bar-inspired menu for PLAY, a small bar in Surry Hills recently rated number three in Time Out Sydney’s ‘Best Bars in Sydney’ list. Just ask for the Philly Cheesesteak Sub, and Utah… get me two.

And our name? Derived from a quintessentially American oil painting by Edward Hopper called ‘Nighthawks’, a portrait of a late night downtown American diner. A place where anyone could take off their hat and coat and be welcomed with good old-fashioned American hospitality, be well-fed and not pay an arm and a leg for it.

Al & Jim