The Port, a 1050-capacity bar and eatery in Darling Harbour, brings a new design aesthetic to the area, challenging the garish, touristy feel that has long characterised the Harbour's venues. Instead, The Port is inspired by French coastal chic, with Lainey Richardson the architect responsible. You might know her work from Pepe's On The Beach in Wollongong, The Annandale Hotel and The Henson in Marrickville.
Here, you'll sink into a waterfront cabana, order a signature cocktail — like the St Barts Sour (Disaronno, Makers Mark whiskey, egg white, lemon Juice, black pepper) or the Smoked Sea Salt Margarita (Patron Silver lime juice, pineapple, agave nectar, smoked sea salt, paprika) — and pretend you're on the Riviera. There's also a bunch of craft beers, including Young Henry's and Stone and Wood, as well as a boutique wine list. If you're keen to get a bit diva, you can book a cabana in advance, which comes with your own private host and canapés handpicked by the chef.
The menu is all about share plates, available in various sizes to suit your appetite. Choose from "Raw and Cured", which features hiramasa kingfish sashimi with pickled ginger, soy and wasabi; or "From The Garden" and "From The Sea" selections. There's also a series of sourdough flat breads with toppings like jamon, artichoke, olives and pecorino, or chilli prawn, tomato, pineapple and buffalo mozzarella. For something heftier, check out the "From The Land" section, where you'll find pork short ribs with smoked barbecue sauce and the Double Royale Burger, with double beef, cheddar and house pickle.