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The Best Things to Do in Sydney This Weekend

Head outdoors to a sunset gig on this Harbour island or indoors to an $8 film.
By Concrete Playground
January 11, 2019
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The Best Things to Do in Sydney This Weekend

Head outdoors to a sunset gig on this Harbour island or indoors to an $8 film.
By Concrete Playground
January 11, 2019
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  • CHEESE FEAST AND BOTTOMLESS WINE

    Pair a platter with cheese with unlimited plonk.

  • 'MARY POPPINS RETURNS' AT THE GROUNDS

    Wander through cherry blossoms, London lamps and kites at The Grounds of Alexandria.

  • THE BLANC BAR

    This champagne and gin cocktail bar has popped up at Portside Sydney Opera House as part of the Blanc de Blanc Encore cabaret world premiere.

  • COSECHA BY DARREN TAYLOR

    Think Spanish-style snacks alongside jugs of sangria and two dedicated paella stations.

  • MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A.

    An engaging, warts-and-all look at the personal and professional life of the Sri Lankan-born hip hop star.

  • INSTANT FAMILY

    This family-friendly comedy was inspired by the life of its director, but can't find the balance between authentic and formulaic.

  • HARAJUKU GYOZA BEER STADIUM

    Darling Harbour's new venue dedicated to Japanese dumplings and Yoyogi beer.

  • SUNSET DINER

    A millennial pink, Miami-inspired 'shake shack' on the northern beaches.

  • ALTUM RESTAURANT

    Fresh seafood and Mediterranean fare with a side of stunning Harbour views.

  • ALBERTO LOUNGE

    An Italian trattoria from the Restaurant Hubert crew.

  • REDFERN SURF CLUB

    An Australiana-themed bar with cocktails in cans and a taxidermy ibis.

  • RARA

    Redfern's 28-seater neighbourhood ramen joint.

  • BARRENJOEY HOUSE

    The heritage-listed restaurant and guesthouse has been taken over by The Boathouse Group.

  • TOTTI'S

    An Italian eatery helmed by Pinbone's Mike Eggert and Rockpool's Khan Danis and located inside the Royal Bondi.

  • BARZAARI CHIPPENDALE

    The space previously home to Kensington Street Social now serves up Eastern Mediterranean feasts and theatrical sandpit coffee.

  • BELLA GARDEN

    A plant-filled garden bar with summery cocktails in Bella Vista.

  • UCCELLO

    A poolside Italian eatery in the heart of the CBD, perfect for a long lunch.

  • JUNE'S SHOPPE

    The CBD's new bright yellow cafe.

  • FRATELLI FRESH DARLING HARBOUR

    This Darling Harbour mega venue has a dessert bar, a wine shop, a Campari bar and a waterfront beer garden.

  • BOUNTY

    Feast on share plates designed by celebrity chef Bonny Porter.

  • BANCHO

    Haymarket's Japanese-style bar serving cocktails and katsu skewers.

  • EMPLOYEES ONLY

    NYC's world-class cocktail bar has opened its first late-night Australian outpost on Barrack Street.

  • NEPTUNES

    Brighton Le Sands' stalwart all-day eatery has had a multimillion-dollar revamp.

  • THE CHARLESTON

    This millennial pink-hued Glebe eatery is inspired by the coastal towns of South Carolina.

  • BABYFACE KITCHEN

    This Wollongong restaurant is committed to top-notch Aussie produce, native ingredients and natural wine.

  • FIRST ROUND ESPORTS

    Sydney's first dedicated esports and gaming bar located in the backstreets of Ashfield.

  • BARREL ONE COFFEE ROASTERS

    The New York-style cafe boasts ethically sourced coffee and a diner-inspired menu.

  • POLY

    The Ester team's highly anticipated Surry Hills restaurant and wine bar.

  • RON'S UPSTAIRS

    The Arcadia Liquors team's third Redfern joint is an upstairs Euro bistro full of kitsch and neighbourhood charm.

  • WOOLWICH PIER HOTEL

    This long-standing lower north shore pub has been given new interiors, but kept its wraparound balcony and chicken pot pie.

  • NICK & NORA'S

    Enjoy incredible views, a luxe 30s-inspired fit-out and a covetable Champagne collection.

  • THE CARPENTER

    It's all in the details at this cafe hidden inside a warehouse in the backstreets of Leichhardt.

  • ISLES LANE

    A day-night venue slinging chicken and waffles and lobster rolls.

  • THE EXCHANGE HOTEL

    A heritage-listed pub that welcomes humans (and dogs) and serves up crafty cocktails alongside Italian eats.

  • SAKE RESTAURANT AND BAR MANLY

    A breezy indoor-outdoor Japanese diner with views out over Manly Cove.

  • EL CAMINO CANTINA MANLY

    A colourful rooftop Tex-Mex joint in Manly with giant cocktails and a cactus garden.

  • ARTHUR

    The 35-seater offers a changing 11-dish menu over two sittings each night.

  • CONTINENTAL DELI BAR BISTRO CBD

    A shrine of cocktails, charcuterie and canned stuff in the CBD.

  • SANG BY MABASA

    Artfully plated, delicate Korean fare in a quiet corner of Surry Hills.

  • THE BISHOP

    Surry Hills stalwart Bishop Sessa has swapped fine dining for a casual bar set-up.

  • DON'T TELL AUNTY

    $10 lunch specials, retro Bollywood films flickering on the walls and a self-serve beer fridge in the old 4Fourteen site.

  • BETTY'S BURGERS CASTLE TOWERS

    A burger outpost in The Hills.

  • THE BURMAN KITCHEN

    This family-run restaurant brings a rare taste of Burmese fare to Sydney's inner city.

  • HOLEY MOLEY GOLF CLUB DARLINGHURST

    The chain's newest Sydney venue is right underneath the Kings Cross Coke sign.

  • MANLY SPIRITS CO. DISTILLERY TASTING BAR

    This northern beaches distillery makes gin from kelp and sea parsley — and you can try it at its bar three days a week.

  • MARY'S PIZZERIA

    A 12-seat pizzeria inside the Lansdowne Hotel serving up New York slices and Detroit-style pizzas.

  • BRIX DISTILLERS

    A craft rum distillery, bottle shop and bar in Surry Hills.

  • UNIVERSAL SYDNEY

    Darlinghurst's legendary gay bar Midnight Shift has been resurrected.

  • K-TOWN KOREAN BBQ HOUSE

    Haberfield's historic post office has been reborn as a Korean barbecue joint.

  • RUSHI

    A Japanese-inspired cafe hidden inside a bike shop in Cronulla.

  • YULLI'S BREWS

    A 100 percent vegan taproom and restaurant.

  • EXP RESTAURANT

    A destination winery restaurant worth a road trip up to the Hunter.

  • BONNIE'S WINE & FOOD

    Maurice Terzini's Bondi bar (within a bar) serving fried pizza and natural wine.

  • SALT MEATS CHEESE CRONULLA

    The Italian chain has opened its first outpost in The Shire.

  • MATTEO DOWNTOWN

    Sister to Matteo Double Bay, this Bond Street restaurant boasts a dedicated mozzarella bar, a weekday aperitivo hour and a terrace primed for people-watching.

  • THE ROYAL BONDI

    The first stage of Merivale's revamped version of this long-running Bondi pub is now open.

  • BEIJING IMPRESSION

    One of Ashfield's best Chinese eateries now has a second outpost at Market City.

  • TANDEM

    A Newtown neighbourhood bar with environmentally conscious cocktails and a cute courtyard that you'll want to call your local.

  • HUXTABURGER

    The Melbourne hamburger haven's first Sydney store has 20 different burgs and triple-scoop shakes.

  • PARK HOUSE FOOD & LIQUOR

    The old Mona Vale Hotel has been transformed into a sleek new restaurant, cocktail lounge and burger bar.

  • THE ROOFTOP SYDNEY

    A Hamptons-inspired rooftop bar in the heart of the CBD.

  • EDITION HAYMARKET

    Pair quality cuppas with innovative, Japanese-inspired brekkies at this inner-city cafe.

  • OSAKA TRADING CO.

    From sake and chicken karaage to whisky and edamame, this izakaya has all your Japanese cravings covered.

  • REDLINE KITCHEN & TAPHOUSE

    It's got ten taps, a Southern-style American menu and a beer garden to boot.

  • MAMA'S BUOI

    Tuck into a warming bowl of homemade pho amid the bustling Tramsheds at this Viet hotspot.

  • COTTAGE POINT INN

    A fine diner right on the water at Cowan Creek.

  • GELATO MESSINA TRAMSHEDS

    There's no such thing as too much of a gelato-flavoured good thing, Messina is proving just that its move into Tramsheds.

  • SIX STRING BREWING COMPANY

    The Central Coast's original craft brewery.

  • TONIC

    One of the Orange region's best seasonal fine diners.

  • DISTILLERY BOTANICA

    A stunning garden distillery on the Central Coast.

  • BIOTA DINING

    Tuck into wholly original (and mostly indigenous) fare at this two-hatted fine diner in Bowral.

  • WOY WOY FISHERMEN'S WHARF

    Head to Woy Woy and enjoy just-caught seafood (and standout fish and chips) by the water.

  • FLOUR EGGS WATER

    An authentic pasta bar serving up some of the best pappardelle in Sydney.

  • YOUNG BARONS

    A spaghetti and spritz bar on the Central Coast worth travelling for.

  • SLIMS ROOFTOP

    A cactus-filled rooftop bar offering stunning city skyline views and tasty Japanese fare.

  • ESS

    A sky-high oasis with sweeping panoramic views and foliage aplenty.

  • MANLY GREENHOUSE

    The three-level beachside destination will unveil its greenery-filled all-day diner and chic rooftop bar this weekend.

  • IMPERIAL UP

    An art deco-inspired rooftop space that combines Italian food and cocktail culture with the vibrancy of LBGTQI+ culture.

  • QUAY RESTAURANT

    Peter Gilmore's fine diner on Sydney Harbour reopens after a dramatic transformation.

  • THE PACIFIC CLUB

    Bondi's luxe all-day dining destination with kombucha coladas and a menu showcasing native Australian ingredients.

  • BON APPETIT SELERA MALAYSIA

    This Malaysian eatery in Enmore serves up all-you-can-eat banquets for only $11.90.

  • OLD MATE'S PLACE

    Creative cocktails, Philly cheesesteaks and old-school library vibes tucked away in a Clarence Street office building.

  • ODD CULTURE

    The Taphouse's sour beer and natural wine bar.

  • TIMEZONE CENTRAL PARK

    Throw it back to your childhood with Street Fighter, pinball and laser tag.

  • MRS JONES

    The Orient Hotel's lush cocktail terrace.

  • MADE BY THE HILL

    Monster burgers, homemade Italian pastries and $2 tacos, all in Rooty Hill.

  • STEAM MILL LANE

    A bustling Haymarket laneway, featuring Belles Hot Chicken, 8bit and The Sandwich Shop.

  • PG'S NEWTOWN

    A new hard-to-find cocktail bar on King Street.

  • GAMI CHICKEN & BEER CASTLE TOWERS

    Cult favourite Korean fried chicken coated in a signature blend of 17 herbs and spices

  • SHE LOVES YOU

    A Newtown wine bar with creative cocktails from a top Sydney sommelier.

  • GURDYS

    A Newtown small bar with a focus on sustainability.

  • KATSUMI JAPANESE RESTAURANT

    A stunning Japanese fine-diner in an lesser-known inner west suburb.

  • BANG BANG

    Sydney's home of mega katsu, cocktails and karaoke.

  • CHUBBY CHEEKS

    A fun and punchy Thai eatery on Oxford Street.

  • THE SQUIRE'S LANDING

    James Squire's Circular Quay two-storey restaurant, bar and microbrewery is right on the water.

  • LANKAN FILLING STATION

    O Tama Carey's Sri Lankan hopper eatery.

  • PAPERBARK

    Innovative plant-based dining is front and centre at this stunning Waterloo restaurant.

  • HIGHFIELD HOTEL

    The multi-story venue features a pizza joint, an American diner, a rooftop cocktail bar and a classic Aussie pub.

  • BILLS SURRY HILLS

    The Crown Street breakfast institution has relocated — and while it's just moved next door, it's scored an updated menu and look.

  • MISTER PERCY

    An inner city pintxos and wine bar based in a former wool store.

  • SON OF A BAKER

    It's worth making the extra effort to get to this beachside Balkan cafe

  • THE GOVERNOR

    This multi-level Macquarie Park pub boasts a garden terrace and a rooftop bar with 360-degree views.

  • THE ALCOTT

    A lush restaurant and spritz bar on the lower north shore.

  • WHIRLY BIRD

    Bird is the word at this Pyrmont chicken joint.

  • APERA

    This impressive Castlecrag restaurant heroes quality Australian produce from the house-made vermouth through to the red gum-roasted dessert.

  • ORTZI

    A Surry Hills restaurant proudly flying the flag for Basque cuisine in Sydney.

  • KOGI KOREAN BBQ

    This DIY Korean barbecue joint at Market City has to be the fanciest in Chinatown.

  • MAMA MULAN

    Chatswood's stunning 180-seat restaurant pairs an elegant modern space with regional Chinese fare.

  • BAR TOPA

    A pint-sized tapas bar serving up innovative snacks and $8 half-size cocktails.

  • QUEEN CHOW MANLY

    Merivale's second Cantonese eatery boasts a 200-strong wine list and some of the best dumplings in the city and on the waters of Manly Cove.

  • BISTECCA

    An underground CBD restaurant specialising in one cut of steak.

  • FLOUR DRUM

    This Newtown gem is serving up banoffee pancakes and slow-cooked lamb ragu with heaps of hospitality.

  • MANLY WHARF HOTEL

    Enjoy a pint on the water's edge in this old and faithful Manly pub.

  • SHELBOURNE HOTEL

    A CBD gem, great for anything from al fresco afternoons to late-night dance sessions.

  • THE VIC ON THE PARK

    This old Marrickville gem has been given the full Merivale treatment and it's totally working it.

  • VERANDAH

    A slick one-stop spot in the CBD that delivers after-work food and drink.

  • WOOLLAHRA HOTEL

    This eastern suburbs bar boasts a bangin' rooftop and generous daily specials.

  • MERCANTILE HOTEL

    A little slice of Ireland in the Rocks, serving unbridled warmth and hospitality.

  • RAG & FAMISH HOTEL

    A classic Aussie pub with great pies and plenty of live sports.

  • CARGO

    This King Street Wharf haunt knows how to get the party started — and keep it going.

  • RESTAURANT MOON

    Journey into the cosmos at Darlinghurst's new modern Thai eatery.

  • SADDLES

    The Central Coast's stunning bush restaurant and bakehouse.

  • FRANK'S ORIGINAL PHILLY CHEESESTEAK & DOGS

    Cheez Whiz-topped cheesesteaks, deep fried Oreos and New York-style hot dogs — served out of a red Mercedes bus.

  • BORONIA KITCHEN

    Hunters Hill's new all-day eatery from an ex-ARIA chef is serving up standout in-house meals and healthy lunches to-go.

  • A1 CANTEEN

    Clayton Wells' new diner doles out an all-day offering, from breakfast doughnuts to lamb shoulders and batched cocktails.

  • NAKED BREW

    This Erskineville cafe serves coffee and brekkie — and doggy-chinos and doughnuts for your dog.

  • QUEEN MARGHERITA OF SAVOY

    The magic is in the dough at this Shire pizzeria.

  • ORMEGGIO AT THE SPIT

    Two-hatted, waterside, Italian dining on the lower north shore.

  • THE CHEESE & WINE CO.

    A lower north shore laneway bar showcasing Australian drops and artisanal cheeses.

  • LITTLE BISTRO

    Merivale's latest pop-up is helmed by one of London's most influential chefs.

  • QUANJUDE

    Come for the famed peking duck, stay for the Bian Lian and tea pouring performances.

  • DOUBLE TAP

    This hard-to-find Marrickville cafe is serving up top-notch coffees and hearty fare.

  • FOUR BRAVE WOMEN

    This Summer Hill restaurant has a social cause and an ever-changing menu.

  • BOOGIE MOUNTAIN

    Kit & Kaboodle is now a hedonistic poutine-slinging rock 'n' roll club.

  • CARBON MEXICAN

    This hacienda-inspired restaurant has taken over the old Rum Diaries space.

  • SUBIDA

    A Spanish tapas bar in an unexpected location.

  • NU BAMBU

    The Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL is breaking all the rules with its fancy Asian restaurant.

  • GIN LANE

    This Kensington Street townhouse is filled with 75 gins around the world.

  • WISH BONE

    The Gretz is gone, and in its place is an eatery slinging Hartyard's famed fried chicken.

  • REY'S PLACE

    One of Sydney's most under-represented Southeast Asian cuisines gets a shot in the spotlight at this Darlinghurst eatery.

  • MATINEE COFFEE

    Marrickville's bold NYC-inspired cafe heroes local producers and big flavours.

  • STUFFED BEAVER CROWS NEST

    More poutine fries, burgers, chicken wings and bric-a-brac, in a new location.

  • THE NIGHTHAWK DINER

    The beloved Americana food truck has found a permanent home in Chippendale.

  • MARK + VINNY'S

    It's not all about neon spaghetti at this new Surry Hills restaurant.

  • ALBEE'S KITCHEN

    A Malaysian adventure in the heart of Campsie.

  • BLE GREEK KOUZINA

    High-end Greek fare arrives in the 'burbs.

  • SKY PHOENIX

    This CBD institution chooses class over chaos for its yum cha service.

  • FUJISAKI

    Barangaroo's offering of refined Japanese fare.

  • PILU AT FRESHWATER

    A two-hatted, waterside affair on the northern beaches.

  • PRISCILLAS

    The Imperial's new restaurant has everything from drag and cabaret to magic and vegetarian fare.

  • BRICK LANE

    Contemporary Indian fare and some of the best meal deals you'll find in Sydney.

  • SPAWN POINT

    Let your inner geek run wild with Nintendo games and cocktails.

  • PILU BARETTO

    Finish your beach experience off with negronis, spritzers, oysters and salumi.

  • THE POTAGER MOUNT TOMAH

    A hidden cafe up in the Blue Mountains with a view worth road tripping for.

  • BARBETTA

    Drop in for cannoli pancakes, a porchetta panini or a pasta making class.

  • SOLERA BAR

    Barangaroo's new small bar serving up rare Champagne and charcuterie boards.

  • BAR PATRON BY ROCKPOOL

    Neil Perry's harbourside eatery serving late-night Mexican fare and $100 margaritas.

  • THE DOSS HOUSE

    An old-world whisky bar in The Rocks.

  • THE DUKE OF CLARENCE

    An 1800s-inspired pub with over 500 spirits and a solid menu.

  • PAZAR FOOD COLLECTIVE

    This Turkish-Mexican hybrid is a rose among the thorns on Canterbury Road.

  • SALT MEATS CHEESE CIRCULAR QUAY

    The restaurant group has gone in a different direction for its latest (and biggest) venue.

  • DIN TAI FUNG

    An infamous Taiwanese noodle chain is introducing Sydney to the best dumplings it's ever had.

  • PANAMA HOUSE

    The loved local has reappeared closer to the beach, with a South American-inflected menu and interesting cocktails.

  • MALABANG

    Make-you-own hot pot at World Square.

  • SEVENTEEN

    Walsh Bay’s latest addition is now open for business — all day.

  • SOULTRAP

    We take our hats off to this new Surry Hills bar combining fortified wines and feathered fedoras.

  • MARIGOLD CITYMARK

    This long-running eatery has earned its stripes as a yum cha institution.

  • UME BURGER

    Japanese burgers and a soft serve machine by the water.

  • SO 9

    Tasty Vietnamese fare with a side of style.

  • SOUL BURGER GLEBE

    This hearty plant-based burger joint has a big mission.

  • CHINA DOLL

    Save this fine diner on the wharf for when you want to treat yourself (or someone else)/

  • BILLY KWONG

    Kylie Kwong's Chinese eatery is a pillar of food and warm service in Sydney.

  • WELL CO. CAFE

    This local favourite is a cafe by day and moonlights as a wine bar.

  • THE LONDON HOTEL

    This upscale pub caters to all. Everyone from dog lovers to dumpling lovers.

  • MICKY'S CAFE

    Good clean fun since 1988 — go for the thickshakes, cheesecake or cheesecake in thickshakes.

  • CHINESE NOODLE HOUSE

    The other Chinese noodle joint at the Prince Centre.

  • BILL & TONI'S

    A Sydney institution known for big bowls of pasta (and free cordial).

  • BERT'S

    A decadent new dining room attached to Merivale's northern beaches pub.

  • BARANGAROO HOUSE

    The jewel in Barangaroo's ever-growing crown, Barangaroo House is made up of three levels — we reviewed them all.

  • MAYBE FRANK RANDWICK

    Serving pizza and award-winning cocktails up the hill from the beach.

  • GOGYO

    The chain's famed burnt ramen has arrived in Surry Hills.

  • GOLDEN BARLEY HOTEL

    A family-owned pub with a leafy beer garden.

  • BONDI BEACH PUBLIC BAR

    The newest kid on Campbell Parade proves that there's more to Bondi dining than the stellar location.

  • CHINATOWN NOODLE RESTAURANT

    A mainstay of Chinatown’s cheap-and-cheerful dinner circuit.

  • THE LORD WOLSELEY HOTEL

    The narrowest pub in NSW now has a star ex-Quay chef at its helm.

  • KINGS CROSS HOTEL

    As one of the last standing, this pub hosts indie bands, jam sessions and DJs, plus there’s a sunny rooftop to boot.

  • FRATELLI PARADISO

    Pair one of the dozen Italian classics on the blackboard menu with one of their wines of the 100% Italian list.

  • PETREL

    Serving up tapas influenced by Moroccan and southern Spanish cuisine, featuring native Australian ingredients.

  • SUSSEX CENTRE

    A food court that will actually excite your tastebuds.

  • THE ORIENT HOTEL

    The Rocks pub has reopened with a 3.30am licence and a new cocktail terrace.

  • BONDI HALL

    An all-day cafe slinging natural wine and impressive bar snacks.

  • KINDRED RESTAURANT

    A cosy trattoria serving top-notch pasta made from scratch in-house. And there's a whole slew of vego options.

  • JACKIES CAFE

    Find fresh, local produce turned into vibrant dishes with a Japanese twist at this newly reopened institution.

  • GALLON

    Wine and crumbed soft cheese in a leafy Pyrmont courtyard.

  • QUARRYMANS HOTEL

    Pyrmont's craft beer haven.

  • IPPUDO SYDNEY

    In a city not short on a bowl of ramen, this soupy joint stands out from the crowd.

  • JARDIN ST JAMES

    A slice of Parisian paradise in the CBD.

  • ARCHIE BROTHERS CIRQUE ELECTRIQ

    The activity-filled warehouse comes from the team behind Holey Moley and features ten-pin bowling, dodgem cars and cocktails.

  • BODEGA 1904

    A wine and tapas bar in Glebe's Tramsheds.

  • FRIEND IN HAND HOTEL

    A lively, old-school pub in the backstreets of Glebe.

  • SUSHI SAMURAI

    A Japanese food fiesta with bento, soba and lots of sushi.

  • THE CAULIFLOWER HOTEL

    A sprawling old pub (established in 1838, in fact) which plays host to a rotating roster of bands.

  • GUNTHER'S DINING ROOM

    We can’t keep Redfern’s retro Euro bar a secret, comrades.

  • ISAAC RESTAURANT

    Middle Eastern and Italian fusion fare for the ‘fern.

  • HUGHES BARBECUE

    Waterloo's smoky scent is all thanks to Hughes.

  • PHO PASTEUR

    No finer pho will you find this close to the CBD.

  • DAE JANG KUM

    Get smoky with a Korean BBQ experience. Knock back some marinated beef ribs and tasty bulgogi with a cold Korean beer.

  • PINO'S VINO E CUCINA

    Dig into rustic dishes and divine cocktails set amongst dark timber and candlelight in the style of an Italian farmhouse.

  • SUSHI JONES JAPANESE BISTRO

    An affordable, unassuming Japanese eatery that will become your new go-to.

  • ZEUS STREET GREEK

    From spanakopita to souvla, this is Greek fast food at its finest, and you can enjoy it here on a big, bright wooden deck.

  • NGUYEN BROTHERS ALEXANDRIA

    Fresh Vietnamese cuisine on Fountain Street for your rice paper rolls and pho fix.

  • MEET GERARD

    And once you have, thank him for the top-notch feed.

  • COOH ALEXANDRIA

    Wholesome dining in an unsuspecting industrial area.

  • GOLDEN LOTUS VEGAN

    A family-run Vietnamese eatery that will please both vegans and their carnivorous companions alike.

  • SATELLITE

    Dining at this comfy Newtown mainstay is like seeing an old friend.

  • STANBULI

    The Porteño team pulls off a menu modelled on the meyhanes of Turkey.

  • SHENKIN KITCHEN

    The original Shenkin outpost and home of Sydney's best Israeli shakshuka.

  • THE PIE TIN

    Satisfy your sweet and savoury tooth in one visit.

  • THE FERNERY

    Mosman's greenhouse-inspired rooftop with a gin room and a rosé bar.

  • WHERE'S NICK

    Try natural wines from around the world at this cosy Marrickville bar.

  • IL BARETTO

    A Surry Hills institution serving up pasta as good as Nonna's — and you can BYO.

  • BURGERHOOD

    A Balmain burger joint that serves up free soft serve cones with every purchase.

  • DOOR KNOCK

    A hard-to-find underground cocktail bar in the CBD.

  • STANTON & CO.

    The Riley Street Garage team's new Rosebery restaurant.

  • KID KYOTO

    A neon-lit izakaya den inspired by 90s alternative rock.

  • CAFE LOUNGE

    Potentially cheesy jokes with definitely cheesy pizza.

  • CUCKOO CALLAY ON CROWN

    A new Crown Street chapter for the team behind one of Newtown's busiest brunch spots.

  • THE STANDARD BOWL

    Bowls, beers and pinball right in Taylor Square.

  • BANKSIA HOTEL

    Colin Fassnidge returns to his pub grub roots at this south Sydney local.

  • CHIN CHIN

    Sydney's first outpost of Melbourne's famed loud, punchy and queue-inviting Thai eatery.

  • FONDA BONDI

    The first Sydney outpost for Melbourne's affordable Mexican canteen.

  • MONKEY'S CORNER

    A near-faultless small 20-seat cocktail bar from the team behind KOI dessert bar.

  • MARTA OSTERIA

    A Roman osteria and bar from the team behind Popolo.

  • COD'S GIFT

    A sustainable seafood joint in Dural.

  • SAUCE BREWING CO.

    Sample Sauce's beers fresh from the source.

  • ET.AL

    Share a meal with friends, family, lovers et al. at this Lankelly Place bar and cafe.

  • CHULA

    Offering regional Mexican dishes in wicker chairs and a packed menu of tequila and mezcal cocktails.

  • BAR LUCA

    Go for the Blame Canada, stay for an outrageous weekly special.

  • MODE KITCHEN & BAR

    An oasis in the sweeping Four Seasons hotel atrium.

  • SPICE ALLEY

    A not-so-secret, hidden alley of Asian culinary delights.

  • JACOBY'S TIKI BAR

    Enmore's 'Twin Peaks'-themed tiki bar will take you to another dimension of bowl-sized cocktails and free banana chips.

  • BLACK BOTTLE

    A Darlinghurst neighbourhood bar with a food cabinet of bar snacks and one of the most reasonably-priced wine lists we've seen in Sydney.

  • FIX WINE BAR + RESTAURANT

    Delicious wine and vino dedication in the heart of the city.

  • THE LANSDOWNE HOTEL

    The resurrected Chippendale pub has an entire floor dedicated to gigs, plus a Mary's burger pizza.

  • EL CAMINO CANTINA

    The Rocks' flamboyant Tex Mex diner.

  • ROSETTA

    Neil Perry's Italian fine diner boasts an outdoor terrace, a mozzarella bar, over 30 gins and a focus on seafood.

  • FRENCHIES BISTRO AND BREWERY

    Parisian bistronomy and local brewing come together at this newish spot run by two ‘Frenchies’ with a penchant for culinary delights.

  • WINGS AND TINS

    Buffalo wings and cans reign supreme at this Darlinghurst bar.

  • ALEX&CO.

    An ambitious new all-day bar and eatery in Parramatta.

  • WYNO

    The Porteño team has taken over the old 121BC space with Burgundy and warm hospitality.

  • THE RIO

    Summer Hill's long-standing milk bar is now a spot for Negronis, cheese boards and boozy milkshakes.

  • SUSHI HON IZAKAYA

    A sushi parlour, ramen bar and izakaya all-in-one.

  • DAINTY SICHUAN

    Get ready for the numbness — one of Melbourne's best Sichuan eateries is now serving up spicy Chongqing noodles in Sydney.

  • 4 OUNCES BURGER CO

    Combining passions for music and local produce with Sydney's never-ending burger love affair.

  • MACQUARIE HOTEL

    Two chefs that helped renew the Banksia Hotel with Colin Fassnidge have given this Liverpool pub a new menu.

  • BART JR

    This neighbourhood Redfern bar is perfect for catch-ups with mates.

  • MILK BAR CAFE 2223

    A 1970s-themed Mortdale milk bar bringing back sundaes, spiders and one-cent lollies.

  • BISTRO ON THE GREENS

    South Coogee Bowls Club's revamped, leafy bistro.

  • DISTRICT BRASSERIE

    Chifley Square's 200-seat bistro serving up generous portions of French fare.

  • ARTHURS OYSTERS & SEAFOOD

    Smashed avo dessert and shucking good beats in Manly.

  • MISFITS

    A fun bar and casual dining experience in the heart of the Redfern resurgence.

  • PAPER BIRD

    Moon Park's famed fried chicken is back, and it's being served out of Potts Point at an all-day eatery.

  • BITTER PHEW

    Oxford Street's craft beer and board games bar.

  • BISTRO REX

    A lavish but casual French bistro in Potts Point where you can have truffle shaved over everything.

  • GOLDEN CENTURY SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

    A Sydney institution serving up signature salt and pepper squid and pippies until 4am each night.

  • ARISUN

    Late-night haunt for Seoul-style fried chicken and beer towers.

  • @BANGKOK

    This late-night restaurant will transport you from a dingy shopping mall to the raucous streets of Bangkok.

  • MESSINA CREATIVE DEPARTMENT

    Gelato Messina's epic eight-seat degustation bar.

  • JOHNNY FONTANE'S

    Darlinghurst's Godfather-inspired bar where you can eat Chicago deep-dish and smoke cigars.

  • HOLEY MOLEY GOLF CLUB

    Newtown's mini-golf bar with 18 holes, a bao station and a room dedicated to The Simpsons.

  • BOTANY VIEW HOTEL

    This iconic South King Street watering hole has been revamped by The Lord Gladstone team.

  • MATTEO

    A 150-seat eatery from Orazio D'Elia with a pizza oven, an Italian cocktail list and an outdoor aperitivo deck.

  • WILDFLOWER BREWING & BLENDING

    Marrickville's barrel-aged wild beer brewery and bar.

  • DEEPGROOVE

    Newtown's record bar where you can pick your own soundtrack.

  • TONIC LANE

    With 100 Australian-made gins on the menu. And a DIY gin cocktail section, too.

  • FLOUR EGGS WATER

    Crown Street's Besser has made way for A Tavola's new pasta haven.

  • SNEAKY POSSUM

    Chippendale's multifaceted bar can satisfy your morning caffeine fix and your late-night margarita craving.

  • THE GROUNDS OF THE CITY

    The Grounds of Alexandria's new CBD venue sets an impossibly high standard for themed dining in Sydney.

  • SASAKI

    Some of Sydney's best Japanese fare is being served out of this hole-in-the-wall behind a police station.

  • MADAME SHANGHAI

    Dumplings, barbecue and a $130 Negroni abound at Lotus Dining's new yum cha restaurant.

  • HOWARD'S CANTINA AND COCKTAIL BAR

    An upstairs pub restaurant turning out anything but basic pub food.

  • DEAR SAINTE ÉLOISE

    Snack on mussels on toast and choose from over 350 wines at this Potts Point bar.

  • ALLEGRA DINING

    Waterloo's newest Italian eatery is dishing out expertly executed traditional cuisine.

  • LOLUK BISTRO

    A quaint Provençal bistro on Bourke Street.

  • MJOLNER

    A Thor-inspired carvery doing modern Nordic food and exceptional cocktails.

  • HANDPICKED CELLAR DOOR

    Chippendale's wine and cheese haven (and they deliver).

  • MOLO AT MANTA

    Sip Sicilian wine with paired cicchetti on the wharf at Manta's new project.

  • THE GRAND NATIONAL HOTEL

    Paddington's friendly neighbourhood pub.

  • THE VIC ON THE PARK

    Marrickville's beloved local, where you can watch the game, see bands in the carpark, or shoot hoops between local brews.

  • GREENGATE HOTEL

    Killara's mainstay pub on the Pacific Highway.

  • MASALA THEORY

    A Bollywood-meets-Andy Warhol Indian eatery serving butter chicken and bubblegum lassi.

  • BARE GRILL AND CAFE

    A La Perouse burger joint that is one of Sydney's best.

  • NOLA SMOKEHOUSE AND BAR

    New Orleans-style Sazeracs and smoked meats with a view over the Sydney skyline.

  • BAR NO. 5

    Once a gemstone processing facility, now a local watering hole with a cosy fire, craft beer and a pooch area.

  • FLOWER CHILD WARRINGAH

    A second FC venue, again designed by the crew behind Archie Rose, Fred's and Charlie Parker's.

  • ANNATA

    A gem of a restaurant stepping up North Sydney's fine dining game.

  • CAN CAVA PINTXOS & WINE

    A laidback Bondi bar that's pedalling Spanish snacks and sparkling wine.

  • 1989 KITCHEN & ARCADE

    Mash buttons over a burger or hot brew on King Street.

  • BAD HOMBRES

    The team behind Ghostboy Cantina has ditched the food court tacos for refined vegan Mexican fare.

  • SAGA

    Andy Bowdy serves up four-meat sambos, adult thickshakes and his legendary cakes at his first standalone cafe.

  • ENDEAVOUR TAP ROOMS

    Endeavour Vintage Beer Co. open their own brewpub in The Rocks.

  • SOTTO SOPRA

    A Newport trattoria from the trio behind Ormeggio at The Spit.

  • FONZARELLI'S

    Surry Hills' 1950s-inspired bar dedicated to The Fonz.

  • 12-MICRON

    Barangaroo's sprawling 230-seat restaurant (with a late-night dessert bar).

  • THE PROVINCIAL

    A Balmain restaurant pairing smoky South American meats with a drinks list worthy of a cocktail bar.

  • NO. 1 WILLIAM

    Look over Hyde Park and Sydney Harbour from the Australian Museum's terrace restaurant.

  • JOHNNY FISHBONE

    A Darlinghurst wine parlour from the Buffalo Dining Club team.

  • QUEEN CHOW

    Merivale reinvents Chinese pub food at Enmore's Queens Hotel.

  • HOTEL RAVESIS

    The Campbell Parade mainstay has had a flamingo-pink makeover.

  • ARIA

    Matt Moran's signature restaurant has reopened with soft leather walls and Champagne lobster French toast.

  • DOWN N' OUT

    Sydney's In-N-Out-inspired burgers have found a permanent home inside a CBD pub.

  • BIBO WINE BAR

    Double Bay gains another quality vino spot, helmed by an ex-Guillaume head chef.

  • EASTSIDE KITCHEN

    A New York-style steakhouse with acclaimed chef Stanley Wong behind the wheel.

  • OLIO

    Kensington Street's Sicilian restaurant serving traditional dishes with contemporary flourishes.

  • UNTIED

    With an oyster bar, Aussie-themed cocktails and a view over the harbour.

  • BISTRO MONCUR MOSMAN

    Guillaume Brahimi's Woollahra French bistro has explanded to the lower north shore.

  • THE SHEAF

    Double Bay's best beer garden.

  • POPINA KITCHEN

    It's the latest eatery to open in the new Gateway Sydney complex.

  • PUBLIC HOUSE

    Your new niche northern beaches go-to for beer aged in whisky barrels.

  • QUEENS HOTEL

    Say hello to Queen Chow and The Smelly Goat.

  • THE HERRING ROOM

    A Manly seafood restaurant that epitomises the northern beaches dining scene.

  • LONG CHIM

    Prep your chilli tolerance for a visit to David Thompson's Thai fine dining restaurant.

  • CIRRUS DINING

    A cloud-shaped Barangaroo restaurant from the Bentley team.

  • 1821

    Sydney's epic new opulent Greek restaurant.

  • FRATELLI FRESH CROWS NEST

    The lower north shore now has its own version of the Italian eatery.

  • 4 PINES BREWERY TRUCK BAR BROOKVALE

    Once a 1960 Dodge truck, now a bar.

  • I MACCHERONI

    Authentic Italian fare from an ex-10 William Street chef in Woollahra.

  • CAIRO TAKEAWAY

    An Enmore eatery doing full Egyptian breakfasts and full-on falafel.

  • THE STREETS OF BARANGAROO

    Sydney's fast-developing waterfront food precinct.

  • CAMPERDOWN COMMONS

    The inner west's own urban farm.

  • GATEWAY SYDNEY

    Circular Quay's huge new dining precinct.

  • THE CANNERY

    Rosebery's concentrated foodie precinct, with neighbours Archie Rose, Three Blue Ducks and Saporium.

  • TRAMSHEDS

    The heritage-listed Rozelle Tram Depot has been transformed into a colossal European-inspired market precinct.

  • CHARLIE PARKER'S

    Cosy basement bar at Fred's with exposed sandstone, seasonal cocktails and killer bar snacks.

  • SAINT PETER

    Paddington's nose-to-tail seafood restaurant.

  • THE LADY HAMPSHIRE

    Camperdown's resurrected pub.

  • THE BOATHOUSE PALM BEACH

    The ultimate Sydney beach cafe.

  • THE PORT

    Darling Harbour has a new French coastal-inspired bar and eatery...and it isn't your usual tourist spot.

  • ZUSHI BARANGAROO

    The Sydney sushi masters' third offering brings their acclaimed offering to Barangaroo.

  • BEL & BRIO

    Barangaroo's 800-square-metre European-style food emporium.

  • THE CHIPPO HOTEL

    The Chippo boasts A+ live music vibes and a New Orleans-inspired menu.

  • CHAT THAI CIRCULAR QUAY

    The Sydney stalwart has opened in Gateway at Circular Quay.

  • BANKSII

    Sydney's first dedicated vermouth bar and bistro.

  • NOUR

    Contemporary Lebanese with a twist on Crown Street.

  • SAKé JR

    Sake's small casual spinoff specialising in build-your-own bowls.

  • FRED'S

    Hatted farm-to-table dishes made in a stunning Tuscany-inspired kitchen.

  • SUPERIOR BURGER

    Pub Life Kitchen's Jovan Curic has opened his own burger joint in Wakeley.

  • THE BUENA

    The Mosman venue returns to the gastropub scene after an epic revamp.

  • EAST VILLAGE HOTEL

    The three-tiered Darlinghurst pub gets new life with an upstairs sports bar and rooftop terrace.

  • OLD CITY KITCHEN & BAR

    The traditional tastes of Jerusalem have come to Newtown.

  • CORNERSMITH ANNANDALE

    Marrickville's most sustainable cafe expands to Annandale.

  • THE GREEN LION

    Sydney's first entirely vegan pub.

  • BISTROT GAVROCHE

    An new old-school French bistro that succeeds in recreating the classics — snails included.

  • THREE BLUE DUCKS ROSEBERY

    This big, bright outpost of a Bronte fave brings farm-to-table ethos and darn good coffee to Rosebery’s up-and-coming food precinct.

  • TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD

    A Paddington terrace filled with tequila and tasty South American morsels.

  • BAR UME

    Bourke Street's Ume has gone casual with burgers and a sizeable whisky and sake selection.

  • DUKE'S BISTRO

    Randwick's DOG Hotel has a new upstairs bistro.

  • BISTRO GUILLAUME

    The French chef's third Sydney venue is a casual bistro with adjoining patisserie.

  • MORRIS

    A second kickass cafe from the Scout's Honour team.

  • CURED MANLY

    Cheese, charcuterie and wine.

  • IVY POOL CLUB

    Sydney's super glitzy rooftop pool bar.

  • J&M WHISKY BAR

    Merivale's upstairs spirit den comes with personal drinks trolley service.

  • GATEHOUSE TEA ROOMS

    Historic high tea in Parramatta.

  • THE RABBIT HOLE ORGANIC TEA BAR

    A prime selection of loose leaf teas, ceramics and, of course, their famous chai. Tea drinkers look no further.

  • HENRYS CRONULLA

    A sun-drenched brunch, lunch and dinner spot in the heart of Cronulla.

  • THE SULTAN'S TABLE

    Traditional Turkish food with BYO and a massive $38 set menu.

  • BARZAARI

    A modern mixed Mediterranean menu hits Addison Road's culinary black hole.

  • RISING SUN WORKSHOP

    A ramen cafe and bike shop run by ramen-loving bikers.

  • KEPOS & CO.

    A delightful piece of old Jerusalem gracing Waterloo with a mix of Aussie favourites and Middle Eastern flavours.

  • GOOD TIMES ARTISAN ICE CREAM

    Dig into soft-serve desserts with names like 'Dancing Queen' and 'Smashing Pumpkin' by an ex-Nomad chef.

  • YAKITORI YURIPPI

    Crows Nest's tiny six-table yakitori joint.

  • MILANO TORINO

    An Italian restaurant that blends the flavours of Piedmont with food photography.

  • HACIENDA

    Sydney Harbour's Cuban-inspired vista bar.

  • THE EDINBURGH CASTLE

    A revamped CBD pub with a menu inspired by former regular Henry Lawson.

  • BONDI WHOLEFOODS SURRY HILLS

    The Bondi health hub has come to the inner city.

  • BOMBAY STREET KITCHEN

    This Glebe restaurant pays tribute to the dying street food culture of Bombay.

  • BIG POPPA'S

    Hello Sailor has been transformed into a cheese, wine and hip hop bar.

  • THE DOLPHIN HOTEL

    Maurice Terzini's revamped version of the Crown Street pub.

  • ACRE EATERY

    The old Camperdown Bowling Club is now Sydney's new urban farm and eatery.

  • KITTYHAWK

    Combining a French military aesthetic with an end of war party vibe, and stocked with over 900 spirits — expect banging cocktails.

  • BROOKLYN DEPOT BURGERS & BREW

    A gleeful burger-laden homage to the city that never sleeps.

  • HELLO AUNTIE

    This Marrickville family member does a mean bánh xèo.

  • CAKE WINES CELLAR DOOR

    A cellar door, wine bar and hub of cultural happenings rolled into one, elegant space just off Cleveland Street.

  • BOURKE STREET BAKERY SURRY HILLS

    Surry Hills' little corner bakery go-to — and the original BSB.

  • MILKY LANE

    Bondi burgers, bacon thickshakes and some wonderful thing they call a CoNut.

  • MEKONG

    Spice Alley's sit-down restaurant takes you on a journey through Southeast Asia.

  • DEUS BAR & KITCHEN

    Deus Cafe has moved into more mature territory — with an ex-Bistro Moncur chef no less.

  • THE NOBLE HOPS

    Redfern's dedicated craft beer bar.

  • MANLY PAVILION

    Manly's legendary waterfront palace has reopened.

  • NO.1 BENT STREET

    Mike McEnearney does homely food in a sleek CBD setting.

  • GLASS BRASSERIE

    The Hilton's bright, light second level hotel bar.

  • CALABUR CAFE & DINER

    An all-day Asian diner that truly transforms from day to night.

  • RESTAURANT HUBERT

    High-class French food in a subterranean space on Bligh Street. The chicken fricassée is the stuff of legend.

  • LA CANTINA ST LEONARDS

    Corn fritters, chicken risotto and great coffee in the north.

  • YOUNG HENRYS

    The Newtonian craft brewery that started it all.

  • RIVARENO GELATO BARANGAROO

    The Surry Hills favourite brings its pistachio, mascarpone and, of course, cremino harbourside.

  • BAR MACHIAVELLI

    A massive Italian eatery from the CBD establishment Machiavelli Ristorante.

  • PUB LIFE KITCHEN ROZELLE

    Jovan Curic's beloved burgs have a new home at Ruby L'otel.

  • NEW BRITANNIA

    The Cleveland Street pub is the next chapter for the Neighbourhood/Henrietta crew.

  • THE GRIFTER BREWING CO.

    Marrickville's home of watermelon pilsner.

  • WILLIE THE BOATMAN

    Some class craft beer brewed out of St Peters.

  • WOLFE & CO.

    Dural has a new cafe, and you can order crème brûlée toast and Champagne for breakfast.

  • BELLAGIO CAFE

    An old-school cafe learns some new nighttime tricks.

  • GELATO MESSINA ROSEBERY

    Sydney’s beloved gelateria’s home in the inner south.

  • SONDER

    Come early for breakfast, or stay late for cocktails at Paddington's all-day eatery.

  • THE NEWPORT

    Merivale's northern jewel in the crown.

  • THE FOUR IN HAND BY GUILLAUME

    Paddo's beloved pub has a new hatted chef in the dining room.

  • HUNTER GATHERER

    Forage your way to North Sydney's new rooftop eatery.

  • WAYWARD BREWING CO.

    Get "lost on purpose" at this Camperdown brewery.

  • HOOST

    A small Surry Hills restaurant serving up just one main dish per night.

  • THE TRAIL

    The buzzing Vaucluse cafe bringing a piece of the inner west to the east.

  • FOLONOMO

    Sydney's first 'profit for purpose' eatery isn't just a good deed to those in need — it's a treat for your stomach as well.

  • BLACKWOOD PANTRY

    Hearty cafe fare made by a chef with Michelin star training.

  • BL BURGERS

    Bar Luca's takeaway burger spinoff.

  • ANASON

    Brilliant Turkish food at Barangaroo.

  • JUICY LUCY

    This chicken joint cooks chooks with a Southeast Asian twist.

  • VIA NAPOLI IL GIRARROSTO

    The pizza guru group's rotisserie is roasting All The Italian Meats.

  • BRAZA CHURRASCARIA

    Brazillian barbecue in its most epic form.

  • 678 KOREAN BBQ

    Beef tongue, pork neck, pork belly — whatever you want barbecued, 678 have got it.

  • O BAL TAN

    A must for anyone partial to Korean BBQ.

  • THE ERKO

    The Erskineville Hotel is now all 'bout barbecue.

  • BEER DELUXE DARLING HARBOUR

    Over 150 brews have docked at King Street Wharf.

  • SINCE I LEFT YOU

    This could be your CBD paradise.

  • THE RESERVOIR

    This corner cafe has added dinner and some killer Greek street food to their repertoire.

  • PEARLS ON THE BEACH

    Hatted dining with beachfront views on the Central Coast.

  • STAVES BREWERY

    Get stuck in with two-for-one pints at Glebe's backstreet brewpub.

  • KOI DESSERT BAR

    Chippendale's beloved dessert bar and restaurant.

  • BUSBY UNDER THE GARAGE

    Discover this hidden basement bar underneath Riley Street Garage.

  • SUNSET SABI

    Watch the sun go down with some killer sushi rolls.