Pub Bistro

Martin Place Bar

A good location can often lead to a few cut corners—especially when it comes to city pubs. So it was a pleasure to find out that Martin Place Bar takes pride in not only producing good food, but in sourcing free range produce.

Forest Lodge Hotel

Festooned with fairy lights, a stocking-clad doll, vintage photos, and boasting craft beers on tap, the bar at the Forest Lodge Hotel—or Flodge as I once lovingly knew it—has come a long way from my fond memories of stale beer and aromatic football socks.

The Balmain Hotel

With dumplings one buck each on a Thursday night, most patrons are tucking into steaming bamboo baskets—but at The Balmain Hotel there’s also a new menu to try.

Bar Fly: The Royal Botanical

I'll admit that the colour did drain from my face as I arrived at The Royal, a new date in tow, to be greeted by a gauntlet of half-cut construction workers.

Customs House Bar

The post-work white-collar crowd is quaffing pints and cocktails amid wine barrels and wooden tables. The gathering is generic, but the beverages are not.

The Grand National Hotel

Recently refurbished, The Nash - one-time darling of the Paddo pub scene - is back in business. And it’s already attracting Paddington royalty, with Bruce Pollack spotted in a booth in the low-key front bar.

Keg & Brew

Sydney has a new home of deep-fried everything. Well actually it’s an old home – the former KB Hotel – done up a bit fancy-like, and rebadged as the (slightly-new) Keg & Brew.

Mr Tipply’s

While the name - Mr Tipply’s - might leave you to believe you’re entering a small bar, the cavernous surrounds decked out with wall-sized murals of exotic-looking women clue you in that you’re entering a modern pub.

Surry Hills Eating House

Sujet Saenkham, owner of the ever-popular Spice I Am restaurants, has done it again. Just when you were starting to think you understood regional Thai food, he gives you a real taste of Southern Thai (complete with its Chinese, Malay and Indian influences) that leaves most of Sydney’s Thai restaurants for dead.

The Golden Sheaf

This leafy courtyard is where the Eastern Suburbs set congregate after the Randwick races or the AFL. At sunset, the outdoor space is alive with chattering birds above the chatting crowds.