DRINKING

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 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 EVENT VENUE

DOLTONE HOUSE With venues at Hyde Park, Jones Bay Wharf and Darling Island Wharf (not to mention Sylvania Waters and Sans Souci) Doltone House has a range of stunning locations for birthday parties, weddings, awards nights, engagement parties, meetings, corporate events - in fact, meetings of all kinds. With full food and beverage catering, chefs […]

BEST BOOKSTORE CAFE

AMPERSAND BOOKS Books! And coffee! Books and coffee! And food! Books and coffee and food! and funky art students everywhere! At Ampersand Books, amazing service and hospitality awards are part of the furniture. “The best part about it is the building is an old house,” says the two very friendly staff, who are all too […]

BEST FRESH JUICE

TOP JUICE What started out as a fruit and veg shop has branched out to more than ten Top Juice stores around Sydney, making it easier than ever to get a zap of healthy into your day. Get a hit of natural vitamins with a fresh juice or try a smoothie, frappe or protein shake […]

BEST TEA

T TOTALER For the truly discerning tea snob, there’s nothing quite like blending your own. That is of course if you know what you’re doing, unlike this particular writer. Enter the good folks at T Totaler, ready to bring your actual knowledge of tea up to meet your overly-developed tastebuds. They don’t just blend the […]

BEST COFFEE

JOHNNY’S WINDOW For those who love their coffee it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Johnny’s Window has taken the cake for the second year running. The name isn’t ambiguous at all, as it’s Johnny who is serving great espresso from his chic and friendly hole in the wall. Pretty cool, huh? If you’re on […]

BEST NIGHTCLUB

MARQUEE If you like to dress up, drink and dance, you’re probably already a regular at Marquee. Located on the rooftop of Sydney casino, The Star, Marquee is one of Sydney’s preeminent nightclubs, packed with DJs and Sydney’s fashionable elite. If you want the true club experience: don your best suit, find your finest frock, […]