2011

Best place to rent movies: Mondo Movies

There’s a reason Mondo Movies keeps on keeping on through this sad, but easy age of an endless stream of streamable films and TV series. There’s the fact no video store can survive these days with a small range - and if you take an anime section that is as extensive as the art/cult of their […]

Best Retro Leather: Cream on King

Cream on King - King Street, Newtown that is - has become the place to source your boutique vintage look. Reclaiming second hand clothes with style you’ll find a mix of straight off-the-rack numbers and altered classics that give new life and pop to older fashions. Cream is the discerning person’s Op Shop, with all […]

Best Sexy Kink: Sax Fetish

With a growing number of Sydneysiders and people worldwide exploring their openness with sexuality, kink has become fashionable. Oxford Street, Darlinghurst is the throbbing hub of the gay and nightclub scene, yet Sax Fetish has an increasingly broad range of adult clientele, from all ages, gender, culture and sexual orientation. Everyone from business suits, mums, […]

Best Whimsical Hideaway: Basement Books

Need a break from the screen? Get mentally tickled in the basement, or rather at Basement Books. You will find yourself drifting from table to shelf scanning its vast array of books, puzzles, art supplies and quirky novelty items. While thumbing through comical misfits typically cast off as not-your-types, you will inevitably pick up. It […]

Best Wine Shop: Ultimo Wine Centre

Stepping into Ultimo Wine Centre is like stepping into a beautiful library with gleaming wooden shelving and venerable tomes containing arcane and beguiling wisdom. What gleams are bottles of fine vintage wines and the collection of wine books at the back (What is Biodynamic Wine indeed?). The staff (with wine-making and sommelier experience among them), […]

Best Women’s Apparel: Yoshi Jones

It seems only fitting that what started as a market stall in the ‘90s found a home on eclectic King Street in inner-west Newtown. Stepping into Yoshi Jones is like stepping into Aladdin’s cave – albeit with better lighting and sans magic carpet. The main attraction? The clothes and homewares that make the most of […]

Best Bar: Watershed Hotel

Just one afternoon people-watching and harbour-viewing at Darling Harbour’s Watershed Hotel, where the delights hardly stop at the view, is enough to fill one’s cup of culinary pleasure any day of the week. With the Tuesday resident psychic visiting each week in this pristine outdoor setting, the Watershed is the perfect place to settle in […]

Best Cheap Feed Tuesday Pub: The Norfolk

Standing proud and smouldering along the kebab-filled stretch of Cleveland Street, the Norfolk Hotel is a bright new star on the Sydney pub scene. On Tuesdays, you and your table of mates can grab vegetarian, beef, chicken or fish tacos of spicy goodness for just $3 a pop, delicious pockets that simply beg for a […]

Best Footy Pub: The Rose

With its rowdy Inner West charm, cosy wooden decor and take-one-for-the-team outdoor heaters, Chippendale’s Rose Hotel is Sydney’s favourite point for any sport from rugby to AFL to 3am World Cup stakeouts. Of course a good sports pub needs good pub grub, and with the Rose sporting mouth watering bowls of hand-cut chips to fuel […]

Best Live Music: The Annandale

As iconic a Sydney live venue can get, the Annandale shocked locals earlier in 2011 with the announcement that the 80-year-old venue was up for sale. But despite future plans for this sticky-carpeted establishment, the ‘dale continues to deliver a healthy carte du jour of pub rock, alternative bands, compelling bathroom graffiti and fantastic live […]