GARDEN BAR by THE CORNER HOUSE
Western Boardwalk, Sydney Opera House sydneyoperahouse.com/summer
Ashtrays. Astroturf. Paper straws. Plastic cups. This fabulous, outdoor pop-up bar, cradled in the arms of the Sydney Opera House, is just the place to settle in for the Australia Day Long Weekend, with magnificent Sydney Harbour views for the Ferrython. My top picks are the four-serve jugs – Tanqueray & Tonic ($36); Pimm’s Cup ($42) or the ginger beer enhanced Garden Mule ($42). They’re fast serve on tap, and all also available by the glass. To get you in that kicked back holiday mood Rum Nuts ($14) is served in a coconut. Or celebrate with the real deal – Veuve Clicquot ($19.50/glass, $95/bottle) or my ‘real men drink pink’ favourite: Veuve Rosé Champagne ($130/bottle). Hungry? Shared picnic plates ($28), cheeseburgers and Sydney rock oysters are the constants on a counter menu that changes daily, all the way up until January 27th.