A rock 'n' roll Newtown stalwart, with standout Maccas-style burgers and natural wines.
Jack Arthur Smith
Published on June 02, 2023
Updated on September 18, 2023


Jake Smyth and Kenny Graham are very busy men, having launched four wildly successful venues in Sydney since 2013, including Mary's in Newtown (the original), Castle Hill, Circular Quay and the city's Entertainment Quarter. Now firmly referred to as "the Mary's guys", their wildly popular, rock 'n' roll burger joint — that started it all — hasn't lost one bit of its appeal.

Tucked-away down Newtown's Mary Street, the team's first burger bar is undoubtedly cool, with light fixtures made from Jack Daniel bottles to the big, chunky, wooden table in the far-right corner. It's clear a great deal of time and effort has gone into gutting what once was and tailoring it to suit Newtown's aesthetic. Judging from the diversity of the crowd, and much like the suburb itself, everyone and anyone is welcome.

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But Mary's is known more for its Maccas style burgers than anything else — you can thank ex-Tetsuya's chef Luke Powell for these. Although, he's since left the bar to open his own spot, LP's Quality Meats. You'll hear a lot of people rave about them and we must admit they go down nicely.

There are loads of burgers to choose from and they all come served with chips. For meat eaters, the Mary's is it — think cheeseburger with salad and Mary's special sauce. Otherwise, the veg burger offers up a mushroom alternative with the same toppings. The fried chicken is a must if you're a fried chicken fan (aka a human), especially if you top it all off with the ice cream sanga. There's a spicy version too for the brave among us. Pair it with some fried chook and mash n' gravy.

For booze at Mary's Newtown, you've got a wine list compiled by a genuine love of the drop, good local beers on tap and an ever-growing cocktail list to boot. A local favourite through-and-through, we can't imagine Mary's popularity waning anytime soon.

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You'll find Mary's in our list of the best fried chicken in Sydney. Check out the full list here.


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