Just when we thought the Paramount House Hotel complex had it all, it added a wine bar-slash-restaurant. The laidback industrial interiors match the menu, which is made up of 20 wines by the glass, 10 sakes and 8 cocktails, including the bar’s spin on a Negroni with a splash of tequila. Unlike its sister venue, Ester, the food here is meant to be eaten with your hands.
Helmed by Adam Wolfers (ex-Yellow, Bentley and Monopole) and Marc Demspey (ex-121BC and Cornersmith), the menu is an eclectic celebration of Eastern European, Middle Eastern and North African cuisine. And it’s downright delicious. Whatever you do, try nokedli (Hungarian dumplings) and the everything bagel, and finish with the tangelo poppyseed cake.
Myoko Sushi Bar
Myoko Sushi on Bondi’s Gould Street is everything a Japanese restaurant should be. It’s cosy, the service is exceptional, and the extensive menu follows suit. The restaurant has a sleek fit-out, which reflects the modern menu. Sure you can order a range of your favourite Japanese dishes like sushi, tempura or gyozas but we suggest ordering from their ‘Exciting Menu’ to sample some of their more innovative, signature dishes. Don’t go home without trying their most inventive dish - the ...
Champagne Charlie's, the Carrington
Champagne Charlies Cocktail Bar at The Carrington in Katoomba is the Blue Mountains only cocktail bar. Although they shake up a mean cocktail, their very own brews from Katoomba Brewing Company more than deserves a look in. The art-deco landmark is full of gradeur and charm, and will transport you to eras past.
Equal parts sophisticated and relaxed, Pyrmont's newest bar-slash-eatery is the perfect after work hangout. Serving up a collection of cheese and charcuterie that would make any turophile salivate, coupled with a small selection of heartier sharing-style dishes like Kangaroo Tartare and Lamb Backstrap, each dish is perfectly complemented by the handpicked wine list. Not interested in "cheap wines", the team behind Bar Clementine are focused on pouring "wines of integrity". With a range of varietals, predominantly from Australia and France, ...
Inspired by the lively, all-day dining haunts of Milan and Rome, Matteo Downtown is dishing up pastries in the morning, an express lunch for busy bees, before seguing into aperitivo hour, dinner and drinks. Chef D’Elia was brought up in Southern Italy but honed his cooking skills in the north, so expect a mouthwatering mix of favourites.
We love a chic hotel bar, and Eric’s happy hour – which runs from 5-7pm – draws us in every time. On the ground floor of the Harbour Rocks Hotel, the bar buzzes with guests and locals-in-the-know, and matches the charm of its heritage-listed location. It specialises in boutique wines, which are sourced from around the globe.
Handpicked Cellar Door
For Chippendale locals, Handpicked Wines Cellar Door is the go-to for wine and wine tastings. The cool, warehouse-style space is full of their very own brand of wine 'Handpicked'. The cellar door is divided into four sections: the retail wine shop, the tasting bar, the wine lounge and the experience room. The experience room is surrounded by steel wine tanks, and is suited to group tastings and small intimate events. They also have an upstairs gallery space for artist and ...
The Baxter Inn
In the basement of a Clarence Street building, The Baxter Inn serves an extensive list of whiskies paired with complimentary pretzels. The long, dimly-lit bar’s walls are lined with more than 800 whiskies and a wide range of liquors. For the full experience head to the whiskey room hidden in the cellar. For the non-whiskey lovers, they also have classic cocktails and an extensive wine list.
Wine Mosaic Lounge
Overlooking Leighton Gardens, Mosaic Wine Room is a relaxed 60s inspired wine bar with a cosy fireplace. The ever-changing seasonal menu pairs beautifully with the varied wine selection, but if you prefer a cocktail or craft beer, they have that too. Argyle Street Wine Merchants is right next door so that you can bring your new favourite drop home with you also.
Bonnie's Wine & Food
Bonnie's is an intimate wine bar that calls the Bondi Beach Public Bar home. Just like it's sister venue The Dolphin Hotel with it's wine room, Bonnie's is its own space and serves up Australian vino and moreish bar bites. With street murals adorning the walls and the punk rock soundtrack, Bonnie knows how to get the party started.
It is all about homemade pasta at this local Italian restaurant. For the carnivores among us, Osteria Riva sources their cuts of meat from Victor Churchill, so you know you’re in for a real treat. But back to the pasta, the choice is varied and packed with flavour.
10 William St
Tucked away in a Paddington terrace, this chic wine bar-slash-restaurant is perfect for date nights and catch-ups with friends. Run by the Fratelli Paradiso brothers, it gives its chefs room to experiment. The result is an ever-evolving menu that’s Italian, with an Australian and/or Asian twist.
The first of its kind in Sydney, Odd Culture is a wild ale and natural wine bar in the heart of Darlinghurst. Located on the second level of local favourite, The Taphouse, the fit-out has been heavily influenced by rustic farmhouses- think wooden furniture, mural-adorned walls and distressed finishings. The menu, both food and drink, is constantly rotating and evolving, offering diners something new each visit. Diners can select their favourite natural cheeses, cured meats and tinned seafood, to curate ...
Mojo Record Bar
What was once a record store selling sought after vintage vinyl is now a fully-fledged cocktail bar frequented for its booze as much as its tunes. It's a popular watering hole with a solid beer and cocktail menu. Blues and rock ‘n’ roll often provide the backdrop and the leather bound booths are perfect to settle into for the night.
Reign at the QVB
The CBD's brand new Champagne parlour Reign is the only bar you need to know about. Situated within the heritage walls of the QVB, this chic watering hole is beautiful- from the pink-hued seating to the opulent lighting. Come night time, this luxe bar transforms into a buzzy late-night hotspot slinging Champagne by the bottle and perfected aperitifs. Open from Thursday to Sunday till 2am, Reign is the place to dine, drink and be seen.
Flour Eggs Water
The team behind A Tavola have a well-earned reputation and for good reason. A new restaurant of a different name, Flour Eggs Water in Rozelle's Tramsheds, focuses on the simple pleasures of pasta. This is their fourth venture and their refined menu highlights their mantra of getting back to basics.
Revered for their cool climate wines, PepperGreen Estate takes full advantage of Southern Highlands rugged terrain. Producing premium wine and olives along the slopes of Canyonleigh, PepperGreen’s cellar door and tasting room is conveniently located in historic Berrima village. The full dining menu and share board selection are designed to showcase PepperGreen Estate’s wine and olives.
Wyno Bar and Shop
Tucked down a Surry Hills laneway, Wyno is a wine bar where 121BC used to be – and it’s just as legendary. The team at Porteno took over the spot and updated the wine and snacks list, but kept the bar-style seating and romantic vibe. Out the back, there’s a carefully curated wine store.
The Star’s newest bar, Latitude is a gin-lover’s idea of heaven, with a huge range of gin from the country’s top distillers. The bar has a relaxed, laidback vibe and also serves a select – and exclusively Australian – wine list, as well as local and craft beers, whiskeys, and classic cocktails.
The Pacific Club Bondi Beach
The Pacific Club Bondi Beach is an all-day-dining bistro and beach club. Serving up seasonal, modern Australian cuisine along with an extensive wine programme, this beachside hangout knows how the locals like to dine and unwind. The sleek interiors, reflecting its light-filled Bondi location, accommodate an indoor-outdoor dining experience, making it perfect for summer nights and wintery days.
Four Seasons’ very moody, dimly-lit bar known as Grain is a frequented watering hole near Circular Quay. Based beside the entrance of the hotel, the humble bar boasts bespoke craft beers and an impressive organic and biodynamic wine list. For those desiring a more potent dash of alcohol, there’s a wide range of international whiskies and classic cocktails with contemporary twists.