Best of Sydney 2013

Best of the Brews: Sydney venues championing craft beer

BY ALANNAH MAHER Sydney’s trio of top craft beer venues – The Dove & Olive, The Keg & Brew, and The DOG Hotel – are beyond devoted to their mission of spreading the joy of great craft beer. You’d be forgiven for thinking they’re celebrating Sydney Craft Beer Week (SCBW) all year round. With 120 […]

BEST NIGHT OUT

FREDA’S BAR & CANTEEN Hidden at the end of a walkway, this gem has it all: great music (owner Dave Abram himself DJs on Friday nights), excellent cocktails and other bevies, bartenders (not mixologists) without showy flare, and some bloody good grub. It’s a young local crowd but not hipster and everyone always has a […]

BEST 24 HOUR VENUE

THE TOWN HALL, NEWTOWN Affectionately known as “The Townie,” this local pub has undergone a refurbishment of late and reopened its doors to offer smokers and sunshine lovers a new outdoor smoking area and balcony upstairs. It’s a great place to hang out with a bunch of friends and listen to a band or exercise […]

BEST OYSTERS

THE MORRISON BAR AND OYSTER ROOM Every day there is a new selection of the freshest live oysters, Pacific, Rock, and Angassi from the best oyster growing regions around Australia. And owner Chef Sean Connelly also offers a wider menu “on the bone or in the shell” letting the best of Australian produce speak for […]

BEST CRAFT BEER

ROYAL ALBERT HOTEL Tap takeovers are just some of the wonderful appeal of this old world public house that truly supports the local craft beer industry. And happy hour has returned under the early 20th Century name of swill. Huge applause: it is so good to drink at a pub that doesn’t look like an […]

BEST RESTAURANT

QUAY Chef Peter Gilmore seeks out the finest and sometimes rarest produce, to create a contemporary menu that is inspired by nature. His superb modern Australian cuisine - with Quay’s beautifully matched wines - is upheld by highly professional service. Quay is recognised as one of the best 50 restaurants in the world. Upper Level, […]

BEST WEEKEND MARKET

GLEBE MARKETS Family owned for 23 years, the Glebe Weekend Markets welcome over 200 stallholders each Saturday from 10-4pm. The markets bring out huge amounts of Sydneysiders to enjoy the fun, sun and maybe even a cheeky ice cream. Owners of the Glebe Markets, David and Naomi Mccumstie, attribute the popularity of themarkets to their […]

BEST ORGANIC GROCERS

ALFAFA HOUSE Newtown’s quickly building a reputation for its variety, and Alfalfa House is no exception. It houses organic produce ranging from various quinoa varieties to a great selection of fruit and vegetables. Alfalfa is not-for-profit, which means you won’t be breaking the budget to stay fit and healthy. If you want even more of […]

BEST SUPERMARKET

SUPA IGA PYRMONT Tucked away in Pyrmont is something of a rarity: a sexy looking supermarket. It helps that it sits within a white and green brick art deco building, and that through the large glass windows you can see the acres of fresh produce waiting to be snapped up. The supermarket has an extensive […]

BEST FRESH FISH

SYDNEY FISH MARKETS Nothing screams Sydney like seafood. Luckily we’ve got the best fish market in the country and one of the best in the world. Yet, there is so much more to Sydney Fish Markets than just purchasing your local seafood to take home to cook for the evening’s meal. If you don’t know […]