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Seven Bars to Have a Catch-Up with Mates Now and Pay Later

Have fun now and think about the bill later.
By Reema Hindi
November 16, 2021
By Reema Hindi
November 16, 2021


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Have fun now and think about the bill later.

Now that our favourite venues are finally open again, there is nothing ruder than saying no to a rooftop cocktail or harbourside lunch. To help customers manage their social budget, hospitality group Australian Venue Co (AVC) has partnered with Afterpay for an initiative that enables more people to get out and about, with the ability to pay over time.

On Monday, November 1, the group launched Dine Now, Pay Later, giving all of us social animals the opportunity to enjoy great food and drinks at over 160 venues Australia-wide and pay the tab in fortnightly, interest-free payments.

Here are seven of the venues where you can indulge responsibly with Afterpay — available via mobile ordering, paying at the bar and the AVC app.

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    Step into the leafy Surry Hills spot to enjoy great company in the sunshine. The Winery’s impressive wine list offers curated drops by the glass, a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails, and a menu of Euro-inspired eats that are great for sharing.

    The Winery is offering bottomless brunch every Saturday and Sunday which includes a three-course menu and two hours of bottomless drinks for $79 per person. Enjoy your post-lockdown freedom and spend your weekend with friends, filled with Bellini’s and steak fries.

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    Located on an industrial rooftop in Barangaroo, Untied is an oasis in the city where you can relax with a tropical cocktail among lush greenery and moreish bar snacks. The menu consists of inventive share plates and a focus on contemporary BBQ dishes. If you aren’t a meat eater, then enjoy a vegan bottomless brunch with a selection of cocktails and wine for $69 per person.

    For a post-work treat, enjoy the view and ‘Frozé Your Way’ with Untied’s signature garnish wall. It’s offering daily two-hour bottomless access to all frozé flavours and garnishes for $39 per person.

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    This sun-soaked institution offers guests the option of a long lunch that extends into an evening of dancing, with DJs playing from 5pm till late on Fridays and Saturdays. The Bungalow 8 menu serves up elevated pub classics or you can head upstairs to cocktail lounge The Loft to sip on a specialty drink with a smaller menu of share plates.

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    If you are after something more low-key and beer-centric, head to Beer DeLuxe on King Street Wharf. With more than 150 international craft beers and laidback pub fare, you can settle in for an arvo with the crew.

    There’s an outdoor beer garden, a two-storey restaurant, and a balcony with a view of Darling Harbour. Assemble your mates for trivia on Wednesday evenings and sample a lineup of beers with a tasting flight of four ponies (quarter pints) for $20.

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    Hidden among the action of York Street, The Rook delivers stylish interiors with sweeping city views through an impressive atrium-style rooftop above the hubbub of the CBD. The Rook has a great cocktail menu featuring quality classics and inventive signatures like the Purple Rain with gin and lavender.

    Like the cocktails, The Rook’s menu of bar food mixes the classic and contemporary — a luxurious highlight being the lobster roll with chilli lime mayo, ideal for a summer afternoon.

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    Relax in 80s-inspired decor with DJs and live music every night, at the Darling Harbour institution where you can use Afterpay to buy now and pay later for the extensive range of cocktails, wine by the glass or bottle, and simple bites.

    The legendary Sunday Soul Sessions have live harbourside music from 2pm where you can close out the weekend on the deck in the sunshine and, if the moment calls for it, dance the night away with back-to-back DJs playing from 5pm till late.

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    Kingsleys in Woolloomooloo is a go-to for special celebrations and lengthy business lunches that go till late. With the stunning waterfront views off the deck of heritage-listed Finger Wharf, Kingsleys is an idyllic place to enjoy classic Australian dining with no fuss. Specialising in quality steaks and fresh, local seafood alongside an impressive wine list, Kingsley’s offers sophisticated dining and consistently excellent service.

    The three-course banquet includes Sydney rock oysters, wild mushroom croquettes, a steak tasting board and barramundi for $100 per person which — should you want to not dent your bank balance too abruptly — you can pay for in four, interest free instalments.

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