The Great Northern Hotel
The Great northern Hotel is not so much of a local pub than it is a local landmark. Located on the corner of Mowbray Road and the Pacific Highway, it’s been a favourite meeting place for locals for years and for good reason. The pub boasts a beer garden, an old-school brasserie and a wide variety of local and imported beers. Can't stay for a drink? Don't worry, they also have a drive though bottle-o!
Chelsea Hotel Chatswood
The place is known for Friday night after work drinks, but The Chelsea Hotel is so much more than a local watering hole. With a recent refurbishment, the hotel is an oasis in the middle of Chatswood, with an outdoor terrace, up-market pub fare and a selection of craft beers, wine and cocktails.
465 The Avenue
Doing weekday breakfast? You’ll no doubt be enticed to forgo lunch in favour of a substantial morning feed. Heading their for drinks? Check out the ‘Avenue Originals’ cocktail list which pairs well with a beautifully curated cheese platter. The venue is intimate, and exclusive, set up in a glass rotunda with velvet interiors and a striking chandelier.
Bavarian Bier Café Chatswood
This German-style food hall dishes up everything you would expect. Schnitzel, pork in all forms and a whole lot of Bavarian beer. It’s perfect for groups, with shared dining tables and hefty tasting platters, great when you want a little (or a lot) of everything.
On campus at Sydney Uni, Manning Bar is a local favourite for students and music lovers alike. A purpose built live entertainment venue, on any given night you can stumble upon a live gig from a local or international act. During the semester, Monday to Friday, you can get delicious American-style bites from Lucky's serving from Manning Bar 11am till late.
The Public Cammeray
When it comes to drinking establishments, The Public may be on the smaller side, but this bar-slash-restaurant has been a welcomed addition to the Lower North Shore bar scene. Chic and fresh décor, open layout and oh-so-good Mediterranean dishes that are designed to be shared, or not, the choice is yours. The window seats that look out onto Miller Street are highly prized.
The Imperial Hotel & Motel
The Imperial Hotel is an undeniable crowd-pleaser. Situated in the heart of Bowral, The Imperial pleases every patron regardless of whether they’re popping in for a game of pool and a schooner or a glass of wine and a wood-fired pizza. Live music and a sleek, contemporary fit-out makes for a fantastic time with every visit
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.
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.
Speakeasy Bar is a chilled-out bar along Curlewis Street, with red lanterns and retro furniture, and it's the place to go when you’re after a scene that is less raucous and more mellow. The meals here are a mix of Asian and Mediterranean and go with a select drinks menu.
Bondi Beach’s trendy sake bar, Mamasan is where Moulin Rouge meets 1920s Shanghai. There are two places to dine, the opium den or the bar. The food is pan-Asian tapas and it’s amazing, and if you’re not a fan of sake that’s ok because their drink offering is diverse.
China Diner Double Bay
Known for being a popular date night destiation. China Diner dishes up Pan-Asian cuisine in a dark, ambient setting. The mood is cosy, and the dumplings are out of this world. Opt for streetside seating if you would like a side of people watching as you dine.
Icebergs Dining Room and Bar
Bondi Icebergs is one of the most iconic waterfront spots in Sydney, and everyone knows that pool – which is arguably Australia’s most Instagrammed pool. The dining room is just as impressive. Where else can you indulge in the complete luxury of Sydney’s seafood with the depth of regional Italian flavours?
Blanca Bar & Dining
Meaning blank canvas, Blanca is a welcome addition to Bondi Beach’s dining scene. Mixing Mediterranean flavours with Japanese style cooking – an interesting mix, but it works. The restaurant is spread over two levels, a vibrant atmosphere downstairs and a cosy one upstairs.
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..
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.