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.
North Sydney Leagues Club is a modern, vibrant, family-friendly club, that even has a dedicated Kids Room. While the little ones are entertained with movies and video games, you can sit back and enjoy your cappuccino or Cab Sav. The club itself is sleek and contemporary with an understated sophistication and dining areas for any occasion.
The Oaks Hotel
This beloved venue and its charming beer garden has long been the go-to for Lower North Shore locals keen to spend a Sunday relaxing beneath the oak tree’s foliage and fairy lights. The bar and grill offers upmarket pub classics and they even have an in-house butcher featuring some of the best and most interesting cuts of meat around.
Gin lovers will find their spiritual home at this café come gin sanctuary. The coffee by day, gin bar by night concept means that the menu turns from poached eggs to pulled pork sliders come 5pm. The atmosphere is that of a retro milkbar, with vintage collectibles and tasteful op-shop finds.
Firefly Bar & Dining
Inventive cocktails and an impressive wine list make this corner restaurant a favourite with locals looking for a more intimate venue to spend their evening (read: ultimate date night spot).This much-loved haunt whips up bar bites and share plates that are hard to pass up.
SoCal Neutral Bay
A much loved lower north-shore Mexican themed rooftop bar and pub. SoCal’s laid-back California vibe translates flawlessly into their creative cocktail list and American inspired menu with their very own smokehouse churning out moreish plates. Come for the food and drinks, stay for the lively atmosphere.SoCal are giving away FREE BURRITOS this Thursday the 4th April to celebrate National Burrito Day!To get your hands on one of these bad boys for free just head down to this lush rooftop bar ...
The Greens North Sydney
A bowls club with a twist. The refurbished bowling club is perfect for brunching as well as drinking. A café-slash-bar-slash-bowling club, with a garden party like feel. A sunset bowl is possible, and the Screen on The Green nights every Thursday make for a perfect date night.
Honey Rider Bar & Brewery
Honey Rider Bar and Brewery will transport you back in time with their 60’s vintage décor but then pull you back to the present with their super modern beverage offering. Cool fact: They have one of the smallest commercial breweries jammed behind their bar. Top tip: Grab a couch down the back for a relaxed and intimate conversation.
The Foxtrot Inn
Inside, the intimate space is Gothic-themed, with dim lighting, comfy couches, a toasty fireplace, and a courtyard. The wine and cocktail list is simple yet delectable, and there are plenty of craft beers on offer. There’s a DJ spinning on Friday and Saturday nights, as well as live music most Thursdays.
Small Bar Crows Nest
A slick yet cosy bar that specialises in Australian and New Zealand drops, with a few European wines thrown in for good measure. The fairy-lit terrace is a popular hangout and the Small Bar’s tapas share plates always pair nicely with their wine selection. If you can’t wait until evening, they’re also open for breakfast and lunch.
The Stoned Crow
With bucket loads of rustic charm, The Stoned Crow doesn’t have to try hard to earn its effortlessly cool stripes. With exposed brick walls and hanging foliage, this hip hangout is a trendy oasis this side of the bridge. Here the pub fare comes in hefty portions and cocktails come frozen.
Town and Country
Town and Country is a small bar that oozes character with Western inspired décor that will transport you to eras past. The wine list proudly boasts a selection of Australian drops and the beer offering follows suit. Local craft beers reign supreme and match surprisingly well with the burger menu. If burgers and beer pairings aren’t your thing, come for the line dancing or Texas Two-step!
Barrel Bar and Dining
Barrel Bar and Dining knows wine. A sophisticated menu is accompanied by an extensively curated wine list that ensures your plate and glass work together harmoniously. It’s owned by two of Sydney’s most renowned sommeliers, so you can trust their pairings. Fancy a little BYO action? From Sunday to Thursday, these guys will even match their dishes to your bottle. The sleek dark decor, dramatic bar and chic city vibes sets the scene for an indulgent evening. Drop in for ...
Minsky’s is technically a pub, but this stylish joint has a grand piano, leather lounges and candles on each table. If that still classifies as a pub, then Minsky’s is in a league of its own. Whether it’s for an intimate drink for two or an after-work get together, Minksys has become a destination in itself on the Lower North Shore.
The Union Hotel
Another enduring watering-hole that has evolved with the times, the Union Hotel is located away from the business precinct of North Sydney, but has been drawing the crowds once again for its Parisian-style bistro. The light-filled interiors and courtyard are begging for long leisurely lunches every day of the week.
Rag & Famish Hotel
A North Sydney institution, the Rag & Famish is a character-filled corner pub that keeps evolving with the times. A bistro and restaurant services the mid-week crowd and keeps things rolling well into the night, on weekends the locals get live music and yes, karaoke. Staying on point, the pub also has an espresso bar, Lot No. 50 that keeps the work crowd well-caffeinated.
Green Moustache Garden Bar / Rooftop
North Sydney's new favourite hangout the Green Moustache has made quite the impression on the 9 to 5 set. Adorned in greenery and foiliage, this Insta-worthy garden venue doubles as a bar and restaurant. The drinks list is definitely worth a look, with their botanically inspired cocktails and premium beverage offering. Perfect for an after work drink or weekend sesh, this garden oasis takes casual wining and dining to the next level.
Hidden away upstairs on Miller Street is an eclectic space called The Treehouse. The moody venue spills outside onto a balcony, so patrons can enjoy an afternoon wine in the sun. The menu is protein-heavy, and share plates are the way to do it. A thoughtful, and character-filled venue to spice up the week.
A beautiful sandstone building surrounded by towering office buildings, The Greenwood is a local institution to say the least. A gastro pub and four bars, The Greenwood is one of the oldest pubs in the area and is legendary cross generations. It boasts courtyards, intimate nooks and a modern menu.