Martin O’Sullivan, John Toubia and Belinda W Lai were committed to creating a local neighbourhood eating house and bar in the heart of the Sydney CBD. From this idea, Grasshopper was opened in April 2010. It followed on from the success of their pop-up bar as part of the By George Laneways Festival! 2009, which culminated in a free street party. Grasshopper is a quirky, individual and humorous space. There is an overall respect for the environment. From sourcing second hand furniture, wherever possible, to focusing on whole and organic foods and wines, through to being conscious of our waste and recycling. Hidden in a side alleyway neatly sandwiched between the Hilton Hotel and the Strand Arcade, it is a little CBD haven with a great Sydney drinking vibe.
Since then they have gone on to be voted Best Small Bar of the Year by Australian Bartender Magazine and were awarded both Small Bar of the Year and Small Business of the Year at the City of Sydney Small Business Awards. Martin O’Sullivan also works as the President of the Small Bar Association, to promote the small bar culture. The Association currently represents over 30 small bars.