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Sydney's Best Spots for a Boozy Bottomless Brunch

Swap your muesli for a mimosa, your coffee pot for endless espresso martinis, and ruin all regular brunches forever more.
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Sydney's Best Spots for a Boozy Bottomless Brunch

Swap your muesli for a mimosa, your coffee pot for endless espresso martinis, and ruin all regular brunches forever more.
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Nothing says baller status quite like free-flowing bubbles, fluffy eggs topped with caviar and a cart of cocktails — particularly when it's all enjoyed before midday. But thanks to Sydney's obsession with bottomless brunches and lunches, us mere mortals can live like Queen B and Jay Z, even if just for a couple of hours. Whether you're planning your weekend around it or treating your hungover self, here's the lowdown on Sydney's best bottomless brunches. Just remember to behave yourself or you won't make it to midday.

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DEAD RINGER, SURRY HILLS

Dead Ringer lets you go all-in with two hours of fresh orange mimosas ($30 per person) or prosecco ($50). Intent on offering a brunch with a difference, Dead Ringer has declared its menu free of Sydney's beloved eggs and smashed avo. Instead, it's focused heavily on seafood and lunch-style fare. It's set brunch menu ($45) starts with cured salmon, labneh and pickles, then moves on to a baked ricotta tart and slow-roasted chicken with lemony yoghurt as your main. If you'd rather pick your poison than go all out with mimosas or prosecco, you can also order the Dead Ringer bloody mary ($18), an espresso martini ($20) or a rose spritz ($16).

What's the deal? $45 for food plus $30 a head for two hours of mimosas or $50 for prosecco. When? Saturday and Sunday, 11am–3pm.

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BABY COFFEE CO, WATERLOO

Baby Coffee Co in Waterloo is really capitalising on current trends: luxe junk food that is ready for a close up, strong branding with splashes of neon and pastel, and boozy brunch. The latter comes in the form of bottomless mimosas (for a very reasonable $25 a head), which can be paired with a 'bacon' and egg roll ($16.90) that's been junkified with pork belly, fried chicken and waffles ($24.90) or espresso panna cotta with honeycomb ($19.90). If you'd like to branch out from mimosas, you can — choose from fancy sips like the Rhubarb Rickey ($16) and Porn Star Martini ($19) with passionfruit and vanilla.

What's the deal? $25 for two hours of mimosas. When? Monday–Sunday, 10am–3pm.

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THE WINERY, SURRY HILLS

If you're going to go anywhere for a bottomless brunch, The Winery in Surry Hills is a safe bet. Choose from peach, raspberry or lychee bottomless bellinis and the rest is done for you. Along with focaccia and olives to nibble on as a start, the six-dish menu ($79) has some standouts, including pumpkin arancini, calamari fritti and caesar salad and (to finish) tiramisu. With limited capacity, the Crown Street venue fills up fast, so bookings are recommended — particularly on weekends. 

What's the deal? $79 for food and two hours of bellinis. When? Saturday and Sunday, at 11.30am, 2pm and 4.30pm.

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THE ROYAL HOTEL, PADDINGTON

The Royal Paddington has kept it classic when it comes to its brunch, pairing three courses of delicious breakfast fare with two hours of bottomless cocktails ($100), including mimosas, grapefruit palomas and sangria. Covering off all your staples, you'll start with croque monsieur (a fancy ham and cheese sandwich), followed by a smoked salmon omelette and a waffle board topped with maple bacon, marshmallows, chocolate sauce and fruit. Then, you'll end with a slice of apple, blackberry and walnut tea cake. Showcasing sweeping city views from the verandah level, the bottomless brunch is reminiscent of an inner city garden party, just a few floors up.

What's the deal? $100 for three courses and two hours of bottomless cocktails. When? Saturday and Sunday.

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NOUR, SURRY HILLS

The Crown Street palace of pastels and plants has a Saturday lunch offering with one of the best (and smokiest) bloody marys in the city, boundary-pushing Middle Eastern fare — and bottomless cocktails, of course. Two food set menus are available (for $79 and $89), with optional bottomless booze add-ons available for both. For an extra $29 a head you can choose from 90 minutes of endless rosé or beer — or for an extra $39, you can add on 90 minutes of espresso martinis, Aperol spritzes and Persian spritzes (with elderflower, cucumber and lime). To pair with the endless drinks, you'll be eating the likes of chicken shawarma, coal-grilled octopus, fried cauliflower with smoked almond crumb and an olive oil and chocolate cake. Pre-COVID-19, Nour offered a Sunday brunch menu, which it's looking to bring back soon.

What's the deal? $29 for 90 minutes of bottomless rosé or beer or $39 for cocktails (must be ordered with $79 or $89 set menu). When? Saturday 12–2pm.

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SONORA, POTTS POINT

Potts Point newcomer Sonora, from the owners of Bondi's Mexican mainstays Taqiza and Carbon, has upped its weekend game and is serving up unlimited tacos and margaritas every Saturday and Sunday from 12–5pm. You can feast on endless plates of house-made tortillas topped with lamb with beetroot relish, barbecued chicken with pumpkin, barramundi and kraut or roasted cauliflower. The many, many tacos come with four different homemade salsas — including avocado, tomatillo, charred salsa and a smoked number — and 90 minutes of bottomless booze, too. The latter comes in the form of endless classic margaritas, rosé and Tecate beer. Yep, all three. And all of this will set you back $79.

What's the deal? $79 for 90 minutes of bottomless tacos, margaritas, rosé and beer. When? Saturday and Sunday, 12–5pm.

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BABYLON, CBD

Every Saturday and Sunday, head to this inner city hideaway for unlimited mimosas and a selection of meze — all for just $50 per person. Head Chef Arman Uz (Efendy) is cooking up treats like labneh with peppers, chilli butter and house-made bread; smoked eggplant salad with woodfired capsicum; lentil kofte with pomegranate, parsley and lemon; and hummus topped with wattleseed dukkah. While the food is not bottomless, the booze sure is — you'll be treated to 90 minutes of mimosas, poured to your heart's content. The deal is available from 10.30am–12pm every weekend — with no end in sight — and bookings can be made via bookings@babylonrooftop.com.au or the website.

What's the deal? $50 for 90 minutes of bottomless mimosas and a selection of meze. When? Saturday and Sunday, 10.30am–12pm.

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CORRETTO, DEE WHY

Every Friday–Sunday from 11am, this northern Sydney spot is slinging brunch with two hours of endless drinks to match. It's not your usual brunch fare, either. You'll feel like you're in Europe enjoying a summertime spread with this lineup, which includes garlic bread, mixed olives, buffalo mozzarella with tomatoes and basil on sourdough, tuna tacos and beer-battered chips with aioli. (And, if you're vegan or allergic to gluten, your dietary needs can be catered for as well.) Two food options are available: a $38 package and a $48 version, with the latter including spiced squid and a selection of scallops, meats and cheeses. From there, it's a build-your-own kind of deal. Add dessert for $6, an espresso martini for $14, or choose from four bottomless booze packages: mimosas for $30, wine for $42, cocktails and spritzes for $49 or everything for $75.

What's the deal? $30–75  for two hours of bottomless booze (must be ordered with either $38 or $48 set menu). When? Friday–Sunday, from 12pm.

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Top image: Dead Ringer.

Published on June 15, 2020 by Alexandra Middleton

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