After a long day in the waves – or you know, doing absolutely nothing but sunning yourself on Manly beach – a bevvy (or two) is more than deserved. With a bar scene as buzzy as it is diverse, you'll find everything from rooftop gin bars reigning over the Esplanade to hidden cocktail dens tucked off The Corso. So dust the sand off your feet and quench your thirst – these are the bars in Manly you need to know about.
Located within Manly stalwart The Steyne, Glasshouse, is a rooftop gin and tonic bar high above The Corso. Bright, airy and floral, the venue is fitted out with wood furnishings and oversized windows, allowing maximum light. The gin menu is paired with botanicals and infusions, and the food is tapas-style.
75 The Corso, Manly
The Hold’s rustic, nautically themed bar serves up inventive drinks with top quality pub grub. So throw yourself into their cocktail menu, before digging into their dedicated Vegan burger menu that uses a patty made of a housemade blend of natural plant proteins. Carnivores, you're well looked after too with their regular burgers with grass-fed Angus beef.
24 Sydney Road, Manly
A lush new rooftop bar and eatery, Manly Greenhouse is a three-story beachside destination that (arguably) boasts the best views around. Going all out with the greenhouse trend, the rooftop bar comes decked out with a canopy of hanging ferns, glass paneling and illustrations of native plants, for a gloriously romantic setting. Sip on bespoke cocktails and bar snacks or head to the ground level for heartier fare from the woodfire.
36/38 South Steyne, Manly
A local favourite, Whitewater Restaurant is a chic bar on Manly Beach serving up creative cocktails in a picturesque location. The venue boasts gorgeous water views, making it the ultimate date night spot. Scattered with intimate booths and a glass fireplace, you'll be tempted to stay the whole night at this cosy beach house hangout. They also offer cocktail mixology classes, so you can learn how to shake, mix and muddle, whilst re-creating specials from their delicious cocktail list.
35 South Steyne, Manly
Cuisine, cocktails and live music are high on the agenda at this chic, warehouse-inspired bar in Manly. Donny's Bar brings a touch of New York to the beaches with its loft-style fit out. Serving up Asian-influenced share plates, Donny's offer great weekly specials and a daily happy hour between 5pm and 7pm.
7 Market Place, Manly
Manly’s beachfront pub is the place to be, even when the mercury drops. Settle in by the fire in the Steyne Bar with a vino or two, and a few slices of some of the best pizza in Manly. When you want to up the ante,, head upstairs to Manly’s speakeasy, Moonshine, for spiced rums, ciders and live music, or the Glasshouse for a pimped up G&T.
75 The Corso, Manly
Mixing laid-back Australian beach culture with a touch of Hamptons beach house elegance, this stylish coastal hangout is a perennial favorite for Manly locals. Across the road from Manly Beach, this trendy beachside oasis comes scattered with wicker furniture, lush printed cushions, white slated walls and mosaic tiled pillars. Offering everything from regional wines to towering cocktail pitchers, there's something for everyone. For guilt-free indulgence, try the Bucha Mule Jug with Belvedere Vodka, mint, and ginger lemon Kombucha. Head down on a Friday or Saturday to mingle with the locals while listening to live music.
8/13 S Steyne, Manly
This well-established microbrewery is all about good beer, good food and genuine, down-to-earth service. Since opening its doors in 2008, 4 Pines Brewery has grown from a small microbrewery to a brewpub, restaurant and truck bar. Overlooking Manly Cove, this local hangout is a destination within itself, offering delicious home-fermented brews and quality pub fare.
29/43-45 East Esplanade, Manly
Self-proclaimed “chow down bar”, Daniel San’s delicious Japanese menu is as moreish as their drinks list. Sip on the likes of Asahi, Sapporo or Sake while you nibble on bar bites courtesy of their Japanese Robato Grill – think succulent, juicy meats cooked slowly over hot coals. The interiors are Tokyo-meets-Rock ‘n’Roll, with pink neon lights, retro arcade games and Jimi Hendrix blasting from the speakers.
55 North Steyne, Manly
A local favourite for dinner and drinks, Hemingway’s is a relaxed, vintage-inspired bar offering plenty of snacks and hearty meals for anyone arriving hungry. This popular waterside hangout takes inspiration from its name, with book-lined walls and repurposed gin bottles that double up as quirky water jugs. DOn't miss Happy Hour between 5pm and 7pm, Monday to Friday.