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The Cauliflower Hotel
123 Botany Road, Waterloo
A sprawling old pub (established in 1838, in fact) which plays host to a rotating roster of bands.
182 Redfern Street, Redfern
Redfern's dive bar with great tasting bottled lager for $7, free popcorn and beer-based cocktails.
Manly Spirits Co. Distillery Tasting Bar
9-13 Winbourne Road, Brookvale
This northern beaches distillery makes gin from kelp and sea parsley — and you can try it at its bar three days a week.
175 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
Party till the wee hours in this three-storey hip and happening bar.
The Exchange Hotel
Beattie Street, Sydney
A heritage-listed pub that welcomes humans (and dogs) and serves up crafty cocktails alongside Italian eats.
El Camino Cantina
18 Argyle Street, The Rocks
The Rocks' flamboyant Tex Mex diner.
32 Orwell Street, Potts Point
A refined, NYC-inspired bar sending you back to the 1950s with champagne, plenty of cocktails and $1 oysters every Thursday.
174 King Street, Newtown
A King Street stalwart with a wrap-around balcony.
LP's Quality Meats
Suite 1, 12-16 Chippen Street, Chippendale
If you’re not addicted to smoking, then you haven't tried LP's Quality Meats.
33-37 Darlinghurst Road, Potts Point
The Cross's openair diamond in the rough.
The Star, 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont
Sokyo, the Star's Japanese child, does elegance extraordinarily well.
The Bank Hotel Beer Garden
324 King Street, Newtown
A local favourite serving brews, pub grub and eats from the outdoor barbecue.
The Little Guy
87 Glebe Point Road, Glebe
Boysenberry cider, a 16-strong beer list and live music.
No. 5 Restaurant and Bar
5 McCauley Street, Alexandria
Once a gemstone processing facility, now a local restaurant with a cosy fire, craft beer and a pooch area.
Icebergs Dining Room and Bar
1 Notts Avenue, Bondi Beach
Waterside food and views worth a million bucks.
Small Bar + Kitchen
Shop 1, 1-3 Broughton Street, Kirribilli
Small Bar + Kitchen marks a hat-trick of lively wine bars, big on flavour, however small in size.
71A Macleay Street, Potts Point
Discover a 500-strong wine list, international cheese platters and simple, delicious share plates from the Bentley crew.
2-4 College Street, Sydney
Pioneering vegan yum cha and pan-Asian cuisine.
The Savoy Long Jetty
391 The Entrance Road, Long Jetty
Drink cocktails in an old movie theatre on the Central Coast.
Four Pillars Laboratory
410 Crown Street, Surry Hills
An experimental distillery, a gin shop and stunning bar by the Four Pillars crew.