Best Sports Bar – Cheers Bar

BY SAM CALDWELL     No, it’s not exactly Sam Molone’s Boston bar, where everybody knows your name. It’s Cheers Bar, Sydney, where good sports meet. And while you’re there, meeting and toasting with all the good sports, you’ll probably also realise that this is the best place to watch a game of any code […]

Best Coffee – The Reformatory Caffeine Lab

BY SAM CALDWELL   The Reformatory is hard out one of the best coffee places around. And thankfully you don’t actually have to commit a crime to get there – the only reforming that will happen will be to your opinion on what makes a good coffee. They don’t mess around here though, they don’t […]

Best Coffee & Tunes – Suzie Q

BY SAM CALDWELL   Playing the role of record store, café, bar and morning coffee stop-off, Surry Hills’ Suzie Q will have you leaving with a smile, no matter the reason for your visit. Founded by local resident and DJ Jordan Deck, Suzie Q can boast excellent coffee and food as well as a hand-picked […]

Best Bottle Shop – Annandale Cellars

BY TOM NASH   Let me let you in on a little secret – as much as you think you know about wines… you know nothing about wines. I drink my body weight in wine and still have basically zero idea what’s going on. Luckily, the crew at Annandale Cellars know plenty about wine and are more than […]

Beer – Rose Hotel

BY STEPHANIE TILLER   The Rose Hotel is a hidden gem amid the countless local pubs that sprawl the Sydney pub-scape. Frequented by both uni students and locals, who crowd all corners of the hotel’s interior and outside beer garden, it’s the charm and quality beer that draws them. Among the wide selection of ever-rotating […]

Best Hotel – Lord Roberts Hotel

BY SAM CALDWELL   The Lord Roberts Hotel truly is an iconic piece of Sydney’s history. Though founded in 1867 as the Shannon Hotel, in 1901 (the year of Oz federation that you hopefully remember from primary school) it would become the Lord Roberts that we know and love today. Except for the first floor […]

Best Apple Whiskey – Frankie’s Pizza By The Slice

BY JEMMA CLARKE   Frankie’s Pizza offers an atmospheric experience week after week. Between the fresh pizza bar, pinball wizard corner, the stream of people rocking out on the dance floor, and the cosy American-style hideaway bar, there is plenty to do to keep you satisfied. Drinks-wise, they pride themselves in their rotation of craft […]

Best High Tea – The Tea Room

BY JENNIFER LUU   Teatime at this historic inner-city location is a genteel, napkins-on-laps and pinkies-raised affair, conducted with elaborate ceremony and pomp. Located in what was originally the Grand Ballroom of the Queen Victoria Building, The Tea Room still retains all of its old-world glamour and quaint charm. There is a nostalgic atmosphere about […]

Best Espresso & Wine – Baker Bros.

BY MEGGAN TURNER   Located in the bustling centre of Sydney’s CBD, Baker Bros. is an espresso and wine bar with a difference. The brainchild of two Italian kids from Sydney – Alessandro and Gianni Panetta – who grew up in their family’s restaurants and cafes, Baker Bros. strive to provide the perfect casual dining […]

Best Cheap Booze – Shark Hotel

BY BRIDGET PAYNE   The Shark Hotel provides a too-rare space to sit in ridiculously comfortable chairs while having a chat with your drunk companions on a big (or otherwise) night. Despite their dangerously cheap drinks – $4 spirits – they have managed to avoid the drunk-18-year-old vibe, with a large open space filled with […]