The Mill @ Avalon Beach
The folks at Avalon’s The Mill are all about live music, great company and quality fare. The smooth cocktails and wide-ranging wine list make this small, cosy bar the perfect spot to relax. The boutique wine bar won’t leave you wanting on the food front either, serving up fresh seafood by the net full.
Corretto Dee Why
Sitting pretty on Dee Why's The Strand, Corretto is the beachside cocktail bar-slash-eatery the Northern Beaches has been waiting for. With cool blue interiors and a relaxed, laid-back vibe, this soon-to-be local fave serves up amazing cocktails, with a killer food menu to match. Pop in for a shared-style lunch or make a night of it with a cheeky drink during happy hour (4pm-6pm) – you won't be disappointed.
A trendy eatery in a breezy loft style space, Sunset Sabi dishes up a delicious mod-Japanese menu that’s designed to flow Izakaya style. The team will encourage you to share within your group and sample a little something from every section of the menu, which gives us more reason to order everything. Try the edamame with truffle, or the gyoza that sounds more like a cheeseburger (with wagyu beef, cheese and pickles.)
Self-proclaimed “chow down bar”, Daniel San’s delicious Japanese menu deserves a look in as much as their impressive drinks list. Sip on the likes of Asahi, Sapporo or Sake while you nibble on bar bites, courtesy of their Japanese Robato Grill, which cooks juicy meats straight over hot coals. The interiors are Tokyo meets Rock ‘n’ Roll with pink neon lights, arcade games and Jimi Hendrix blasting over the speakers.
A lush new rooftop bar and eatery, Manly Greenhouse is a three-story beachside destination which boasts the best views going around. We bet your eyes will be more drawn to the beautiful fit out though, which doesn’t hold back on the whole greenhouse thing. The rooftop bar is decked out with a canopy of hanging ferns, glass paneling and illustrations of native plants. Sip on bespoke cocktails and bar snacks or head to the ground level for heartier fare from ...
A local favourite, Whitewater Restaurant is a chic bar and restaurant on Manly Beach serving up contemporary Australian plates in a picturesque location. The venue boasts gorgeous water views, making it the ultimate date night spot. Complete with intimate booths and a glass fireplace - you're gonna want to stay the whole night at this cosy beach house.
Open late Thursday to Saturday, Sketch Bar is an intimate wine and cocktail bar perfect for an after-work drink. Specialising in milk bun burgers, there are plenty to choose from that feature their moorish secret house sauce. The drinks menu delivers a solid offering and the cocktails reign supreme, from classics to innovative creations.
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.
Cantina Acapulco delivers a casual eatery that is brimming with bright colours and bold flavours. If a touch of refreshing and moreish Mexican delicacies are on your mind, Cantina Acapulco is the place to be. The kitschy decor adds to the fun atmosphere and the fresh margaritas are a must-try upon visiting.
4 Pines Public House Newport
The much-loved local Northern Beaches beer specialists, 4 Pines Brewery, opened Public House in Newport. Expect modern twists on classic pub meals and all their brews on tap, even Keller Door. Check out their website for the latest weekly events. Sunday’s are for live music with a side of roast.
This renowned Merivale establishment has a winning combo of spectacular waterfront views and sprawling grounds, brimming with drinking and dining options. The Newport is made up of multiple eateries like The Kiosk, The Shack, Seafood Market and Vinnies Pizza that will keep you fueled and the alfresco-style venue is completely kid and pet-friendly. For an upscale experience, high-end brasserie Bert’s, ticks every box for a refined meal and beverage.
Narrabeen Sands Hotel
From the outside, you might confuse this local watering hole with your average RSL, but on the inside, this is every bit the trendy hotel, bar and restaurant. The Narrabeen Sands Hotel delivers beers on tap, delicious cocktail concoctions and modern Australian cuisine. The outdoor terrace is the perfect spot for a drink with friends on a sunny afternoon.
Modus Operandi Brewing Company
Mona Vale’s Modus Operandi is an all-in-one venue, think brewery, restaurant, bar and live music venue. Their core range beers, from pale ales to porters, are brewed on site and are available to sample alongside their delicious pub-style menu. With daily food specials and live music on the weekend, Modus Operandi is a popular hangou
Park House Food & Liquor
Previously known as the Mona Vale Hotel, Park House is a beautiful, hamptons-esque dining destination. Boasting a chic cocktail lounge, restaurant and courtyard, Park House provides the backdrop to a full afternoon of excellent wining and dining. Tuck into their substantial modern Australian share-style dishes paired with a selection of craft beers and inventive cocktails.
Tex Mex Restaurant
An oldie but a goodie, Tex Mex is the Northern Beaches' favourite Mexican cantina, and they have been serving up some of the best Mexican-slash-Texan fare since 1987. Look out for the fiesta-filled saloon on Barrenjoey Road and make a beeline for their housemade delicacies. The friendly service, a colourful fitout and fuss free menu, keep the locals coming back for more.
Manly Wharf Hotel
Set on the sparkling waters of Manly, Wharf Bar is the kind of place you roll into straight from the beach. While the main bar offers frothy fun, the jetty bar is prime real estate, and our favourite spot to sip on an Aperol Spritz and soak up the harbour views. If you’re hungry, head inside to feast on salads, burgers, roast chicken and fresh seafood.
Located underneath Sugar Lounge, Brklyn is a local secret. As the restaurants and bars along The Corso start closing, this underground den comes alive. There are booths, a pool table and photo booth to capture the night's fun and, as far as drinks, whisky reigns supreme. For the late-night dancers, Saturday's are for hip hop and RnB.
Manly’s beachfront pub is the place to be even when the mercury drops. Hotel Steyne has been given a much-needed revamp in recent years to modernise this hardwearing hotel. 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. But when you really need to amp things up, head upstairs to Manly’s speakeasy, Moonshine for spiced rums, ciders and live music or the Glasshouse ...
4 Pines Manly
This well-established microbrewery is all about good beer, good food and genuine, down-to-earth hospitality. Since opening its doors in 2008, 4 Pines Brewery has grown from a small microbrewery to a brewpub, restaurant and truckbar. Overlooking Manly Cove, 4 Pines mastered the art of fermenting beer and hospitality under one roof. A local hangout and a destination within itself, the beer is perfectly complemented by the quality pub fare.
A Manly favourite, Chica Bonita is a raucous mingling of Mexican fare and Baja California charm. Rustic and vibrant in vibe, this is one of those places where it’s easy to get carried away with the lively atmosphere. The creative menu is a tasty mix of Mexican and Mexi-Cali ingredients from the hands of head chef Alex Wong and the flavoursome dishes regularly have the crowds lining up out the door.
Cuisine, cocktails and live music are high on the agenda at this chic, warehouse vibe 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 have great weekly specials and a daily happy hour between 5pm and 7pm.
Freshwater's Stowaway Bar is a small bar, with big personality. This little hideaway has nailed the laid-back yet uber slick operation with its cool, exposed brick interiors and vintage vibe. An impressive food menu brings tapas, pizzas, burgers and heartier options together, while the wine and cocktail list offers alluring concoctions.
Deck Bar & Dining
A main stayer on ‘The Strand’ at Dee Why beach, The Deck Bar is open from lunch. This two-storey establishment is known for their awesome weekly specials and, come the weekend, their live music. Set along the beachside, it’s the perfect place to watch the day go by as you sip on a signature cocktails and indulge in their farm-to-plate snacks.