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19° & CLOUDY ON MONDAY 14 OCTOBER IN SYDNEY
By Lisa Omagari
November 23, 2012
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Sweethearts Rooftop

The Cross' open-air diamond in the rough.
By Lisa Omagari
November 23, 2012
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Sweethearts Rooftop Barbeque is the Cross' open-air diamond in the rough. For those seeking out a venue sans long lines, burly bouncers and more hipsters than you can poke a stick at, Sweethearts might just be the ticket. In the thick of Sydney's late-night partygoers' district on Darlinghurst Road, this place is drenched in "see where the night takes us" possibilities by redefining the way we engage 'entertainment' quarters. Atop Keystone's Sugarmill and Kit and Kaboodle sits this rooftop venue, lest we explain we've got the three-in-one deal going on here. Pub, nightclub and rooftop bar.

After you've caught your breath after a heavy going four or five flights of stairs, kick back at one of Sweethearts' long bench tables, in amongst a mountain of trees, beneath some kitsch but redeeming pastel-coloured fairy lights. Reward yourself with a glass of King Valley Prosecco ($10). And don't be alarmed to see the charismatic barman pulling it as he would a coldie; the wines are on tap here. If you're after something that packs a bit more punch, opt for a wine spritzer like the East Coast Cooler ($10), a citric-fueled combo of sauvignon blanc, passionfruit syrup, sugar, lemon, soda, and orange bitters or a Mango Tree pitcher ($28) with mango liqueur, pineapple, rum, dry ginger and lemon.

And who's knocking about the pans out back? That's a certain Robert Taylor (ex Manly Pavilion) whose menu focuses on fresh, grilled produce designed to share. Apparently it's all about skewers here with a range of meat, fish and vegetable on sticks ready to inhale. We recommend you go for the pork fillet ($14), salmon belly ($16) or chicken thigh ($13) of the skewer variety before indulging a Black Angus sirloin ($23 for 200g) or the soy braised brisket sandwich with pickled beetroot ($20). And get it right when you order, because you're the one accountable. The menus at Sweethearts are of the fill out yourself kind.

With atmosphere aplenty and the place already packing out, we suggest you make Sweethearts top of your list. Get in early too, to watch the sun go down with spritzer in hand. See you there.

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