The brains behind The Grounds of Alexandria have taken over the North Sydney Bowlo, where old guys in knee high socks have been bowling with views of Sydney Harbour for over 125 years. It’s basically The Grounds, with million dollar views. Expect it to be busy on days with even a hint of sunshine. In fact they’re already putting in another bar, just to keep up with punters. Try the sultry Baby Beet Salad ($16) with candied walnuts, and apple. The rather wintery Bone Marrow ($12) doesn’t seem quite right on a humid day – and is sadly swimming in oil. The Wagyu Beef Burger ($17) is an all-American classic diner burger; and although it’s something you’d normally eat in a booth, it works here, especially with the Americana college classic: the Watermelon Kegger ($32). This shared cocktail will quench your, and your soccer team’s, thirst (laced with Belvedere Pure, of course). If you’re after a ‘club’ meal, the inside area is quaint with antique memorabilia, perfect to take in the Lamb Neck in Pastry ($24) with smoked carrot, peas and yoghurt. Or ramp it up a notch with The Greens Espressotini ($17) injected with salted caramel syrup, then get on the turf. There’s something for everyone really: it’s kid-friendly, dog-friendly and, as you’d expect, very Instagram-friendly too.
The Greens North Sydney
54 Ridge Street, North Sydney
Ph: (02) 9245 3099 thegreensnorthsydney.com.au
Bar Food, Modern Australian $$