Lord Dudley Hotel
While there’s no shortage of English-style pubs in Sydney, few possess quintessential British charm quite like this corner pub. The redbrick exterior looks more like a Tudor-style manor than a pub while the old-world charms of Old Blighty continue inside, with gold-rimmed portraits of dukes and duchesses and a room dedicated to mohair sofas circa 1930s. Btw, the food is amazing too.
The Wine Library
Nestled between boutiques at the top of Oxford Street, in a sleek and intimate space, The Wine Library is the perfect watering hole for locals, date nights, or groups. The fit out exudes a contemporary wine bar feel and the resident sommelier, Tim Perlstone has selected a cellar consisting of roughly 2,500 bottles, with 460 labels. Many of them are small boutique producers with a story to tell.
The Light Brigade
On Level 3 of The Light Brigade in Woollahra, you’ll find yourself an open rooftop refuge from which you can bask in spectacular views across Sydney’s city skyline. With woodfired pizzas, share plates and pub classics, you can soak up the atmosphere with an alfresco meal.
As glamorous as the suburb it’s located in, Woollahra Hotel not only has a rooftop bar with a retractable roof, but it also boasts the sophisticated Bistro Moncur, a French-style restaurant. The restaurant is a destination within itself (and for good reason), but the rooftop bar’s resident DJ gets the dance floor pumping on weekends.
Bistro Moncur Woollahra
Forming part of Woollahra Hotel, the French-style bistro, with its curved timber ceiling, art adorned walls and spacious dining room, has been charming locals with its classic French cuisine. Naturally, Bistro Moncur keeps the theme going with its curated French wine collection
Overlooking Sydney’s Centennial Parklands, Hotel Centennial does relaxed sophistication faultlessly, with a cracking menu by Justin North to match. Showcasing modern comfort food with that fine dining flair Sydney has come to adore, The Centennial opens its arms to those looking for a touch of gastronomical TLC.
Saké Restaurant & Bar
Being one of Australia’s most awarded Japanese restaurants, there is little surprise that they have set up a location inside the exquisite InterContinental Sydney in Double Bay. It’s a culinary experience that delves into Japanese culture through creative and inspired dishes.
Royal Oak Hotel
Along Bay Street in leafy Double Bay, the Royal Oak Hotel is an enduring neighbourhood pub that ticks all the right boxes – a great terrace area, classic pub eats with weekly meal deals and Live DJs. There are multiple bars to choose from, each with their own chilled out vibes.
Stillery Cocktail Bar
Sitting snug in Double Bay’s InterContinental, The Stillery has an unabashed focus on gin, with more than 100 different styles on offer, including a handful that are limited-edition and vintage varieties. The Stillery also offers a range of share plates, charcuterie and sweets specially chosen to elevate the flavours of a gin-based tipple or two.
Paying a visit to this Double Bay institution is always a good idea – be it for a quick cocktail, a night of dancing. The courtyard offers a glorious position for you to soak up the sunshine amid lush green ferns and summery pastel vibes. Sink in to a sofa or perch on a stool by the bar for prime viewing.
Sitting atop the luxurious InterContinental Hotel is the Rooftop Bar & Lounge. Only open to the public during the summer months, it is a brunch destination that comes complete with beautiful Harbour views. The pool itself is only available to hotel guests, but the bar is where the real action is.
Bibo Wine Bar
Very chic, very Double Bay; Bibo Wine Bar is the brainchild of chef Jose Silva (ex-Guillaume) and sommelier Louella Mathews (ex-Rockpool Bar & Grill). About 150 bottles of mostly Aussie wines accompany Portuguese share plates, with a ‘museum’ list of 50 bottles from architect Paul Jones’ cellar. Jones was the man who once owned the space and, yes, it means Penfolds Grange is on the menu.
The Corner House
Run by the same guys behind Panama House, Corner House knows exactly what locals want: a relaxed, casual atmosphere, simple and seasonal food, and space to move around. The dining room dishes up fancier Italian fare, while the upstairs bar is all about pizzas, cocktails, charcuterie and cheese boards. There’s also an outdoor area that beckons on balmy nights.
Up South Bondi
A prime corner location with head turning street art, you can’t miss Up South. Formerly known as Bondi @2026 this brunch spot has a great vibe. The streetside tables are a great place to sample one of their wholesome smoothies and inventive brekkies. Their motto is 'there is no love sincerer than the love of food', and eating here couldn't make that any more true..
Spring Street Social
Spring Street Social is what happens when a pharmacist and truffle farmer opens a bar. It’s inventive, experimental and a little bit quirky. Inspired by the golden age of cure-all elixirs, this tapas and cocktail lounge has plush seats, bar stools, live music and a seriously cool ambiance.
El Topo Mexican
Offering character in spades, The Eastern’s El Topo delivers Mexican fare in a vibrant setting atop the roof of Bondi Junction’s favourite pub. With tequila and cocktails flowing and a menu that has a modern twist on Oaxacan cuisine, you would want to be all over the amazing happy hours.