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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Hunters Hill Club
Nestled on the leafy Hunters Hill peninsula, with the charm of turn of the century architecture, the Hunters Hill Club is the perfect place for a special occasion. Dine at their Green Park Brasserie, and choose from their menu brimming with simple, yet classic meals. The club also boasts a range of fun activities for the whole family such as tennis, trivia and barefoot bowls.