Drink

Best of Sydney 2017

We’re never tourists in our own cities, but perhaps we ought to be. Often there are things that stop us in our tracks — a snazzy bit of street art down a hidden lane; a perfect bowl of noodles with just the right amount of bite; the sky looking a certain way at a certain time of the day as the sun sets over the harbour; a dirty ibis crouched on top of a bin, pecking at the remnants of lunch.

BEST ROOFTOP BAR – HENRY DEANE

Henry Deane at Hotel Palisade, located in Millers Point, is the perfect venue for Friday night drinks, birthdays with a view or simply a cocktail at sunset. The cocktail lounge of the venue takes up levels four and five – experience crisp views stretching from Darling Harbour to Circular Quay. On a perfect summer’s day […]

BEST GREEN BOOST – BONDI WHEATGRASS JUICE COMPANY

The grass is greener at the Bondi Wheatgrass Juice Company. The first to introduce wheatgrass to Australia 18 years ago, Bondi Wheatgrass grows their product in the sun by the sea in Sydney’s Malabar. Wheatgrass boosts the immune system and is a carrier of natural antioxidants, if you’ve ever had wheatgrass in your juice, it’s […]

BEST COCKTAILS – MOYA’S JUNIPER LOUNGE

This cocktail bar has an effortless, old world elegance but when the hospitality is so good, it's easy to forget you're sitting in a bar – you could be in the living room of a country manor. As the name suggests, Moya's specialises in gin and gin-based cocktails. The very friendly and knowledgeable bartenders are […]

BEST KARAOKE BAR – GOROS

Goros is an indulgent homage to Tokyo street culture. Neon signs and paper lanterns hang from the ceiling and expose the mismatched paraphernalia lying around, including a giant Garfield plush relaxing in a corner. Manga strips line the walls of the bathroom and balance out the colourful graffiti everywhere else. Seating is not an issue: […]

BEST DIVE BAR – RAMBLIN’ RASCAL TAVERN

Ramblin’ Rascal Tavern is structurally no different from your average tavern: all exposed brick and padded booths. Yet the bar has gothic undertones, with wax-dripped booze and Ginger Taylor’s chalkboard illustrations lining the walls. Cocktails are their signature drinks  – try the Devil Makes 3, a twisted take on a dark ’n’ stormy. Ramblin' Rascal […]

BEST HOT CHOCOLATE – KOKO BLACK

Koko Black presents itself as a chocolate shop, but a sneak down a tiny staircase and you’re in an underground cafe, lined with secretive booths to accommodate any open weeping that may occur in response to some delicious hot chocolates. Enjoy generous mugs of luxurious creations with flavours that are exotic but familiar at the […]

BEST WINE – THE WINE LIBRARY

The wine catalogue at the Wine Library is impressive – 15 pages with over 500 wines to choose from. With wines hailing internationally from Italy and France or sourced domestic from our very own Australian wineries, it’s difficult to know where to start but the knowledgeable staff will be able to guide you through the […]

BEST MILK TEA – GRIDDLE KING

Sick of Easyway and Chatime? Sick of too many topping, sugar, tea and flavour options that might just plunge you into a nihilistic void of questioning? Griddle King in Central’s Henry Deane Plaza goes back to its Taiwanese roots with a simple milk tea. You are only given a choice between hot or cold. Pick […]

BEST BAR WITH A THEME – SHADY PINES SALOON

It’s easy to miss Shady Pines. Its bashful white door is tucked away on a secluded side street under a bikram yoga site. Once inside, prepare to be transported to the Old West. Rustic colour palettes accompany the wooden decor and banjo tracks bleat in the background. The bar is dim, dotted with amber fairy […]