Whether it's after work or on the weekend — head here and soak up the sun.
One of Australia's most redeeming qualities is its ability to give good afternoon sun. There's something about its familiar glow that almost demands casual drinks – whether it's cracking open a cold beer after a day out in the sun, heading to the pub after a long day of work, or deciding on a whim that your backyard is perfect for a friendly barbecue.
We love afternoon sessions, and we've partnered with Heineken 3 to put together a list of five places where you can grab an afternoon bev.
The Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel has been keeping the Eastern Suburbs inebriated for a merry 180 years. In 2013, after being snapped-up and made over by The Sydney Collective, it reopened with a more-glamorous-than-ever look, complete with Miami mint green facade, stripy umbrellas and Breton-striped waitstaff. This pub's 'beach' is a tranquil, harbourside strip of sand, foregrounding dreamy views. It's the perfect place to feast on an elaborate menu and knock back a few cold Heineken 3s.
This three-level pub in Newtown has the huge task of filling the shoes that Zanzibar left on King St. It has succeeded. It has one of the best rooftops in Sydney, complete with bird cages, astro turf and a barbecue that rages in the summer. Webster's is the only bar in Sydney that we think does a good job in combining a 1920s-style prohibition bar with a 1950s backyard-style rooftop.
MANLY WHARF HOTEL
For yet another perspective on this beautiful city, jump on a ferry at Circular Quay for a visit to the Manly Wharf Hotel. Grab a bench outside under a yellow-and-white-striped umbrella, so you can watch the sun dying over Sydney Harbour. Afterwards, go looking for Manly's resident fairy penguins, who live near the wharf and are often keen on a twilight waddle. An alternative adventure is a stroll across the Corso.
THE BUCKET LIST
The Bucket List is the closest you can get to Bondi Beach while drinking alcohol, without breaking the law. Drag up a padded milk crate next to a recycled wooden table and order a bucket of prawns, along with a bucket of beer to match. Then, all you have to is let the afternoon carry you away — whether it's wave-watching, sky-watching or people-watching you're into, Bondi won't let you down.
Justin Hemmes never does anything by halves and the Coogee Pavilion, which he took over and revamped in late 2014, is no exception. For killer views of Coogee Beach and loads of sunshine, claim a table among the lush plants on the balcony. Meanwhile, inside, there are games galore — from petanque and ping pong to giant Scrabble. Should your afternoon turn into an evening, take your pick of eats from freshly shucked oysters, sashimi, wood-fired pizza and Mediterranean delights.
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