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.
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
As the name suggests, the wine menu here reads more like a book. This hidden gem along Paddington’s Oxford Street has more than 500 wines to choose from. The fit out exudes a contemporary wine bar feel and the in-house wine expert John Giuffre has selected the range of drops here, with a big emphasis on Italian and French short run labels.
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.
A classy Mosman pub with marble interiors, leather booths and luxe detailing throughout. The Buena has proved to be a bastion of fine dining, cemented by the recent addition of Bistro Moncur on the ground floor. Upstairs, the Vista Bar’s bright, open ambience is just the place for a big Saturday lunch or an after work rosé.
This hidden gem has been feeding in the know locals for years but it’s time we let the secret out. With its balcony vista overlooking the bay, Mosman Rowers boasts a prime position and delicious Bistro-style meals. The bistro serves up BBQ and seafood fare in a relaxed heritage-style space, perfect for a leisurely long lunch. It’s kid friendly too, which makes for a great Sunday afternoon outing with the family.
Mosman’s The Fernery is a cool hangout with sweeping views of Sydney Harbour. Boasting a rooftop garden and a rosé bar, guests are spoilt for choice when entering the green oasis. Rose (obviously) takes centre stage here, in both the drinks list and food menu. Yes, some food items have been infused with rose – sounds pretty hard to pass up.
Hotel Mosman, known as “The Duck” by locals serves up superior pub grub till midnight, every night. On the first-floor is an upmarket dining area called The Upperduck. Leather chairs and an outdoor terrace make for an ideal location to dig into the cheapest steak in this neck of the woods.
Middle Harbour 16' Skiff Club
Located right on the water at the Spit, Middle Harbour16ft Skiff Club boasts incredible waterfront views perfect for a lazy Sunday lunch, or you know, a wedding. Yep, this yacht club is home to Zest Weddings at the Spit, an event venue where you can celebrate in style amidst rustic boathouse interiors.