If you hadn’t noticed, Australia is a nation obsessed with coffee, and Sydney is no different. Pump up the caffeine at the Coffee Alchemy espresso bar in the gritty Marrickville (or their sister place Gumption in the Strand Arcade in the CBD). With names like Goodness Galileo and Holy Hildegard, their own roasted coffee blends read like something out of Harry Potter. Industrial styled Brewtown Newtown is another hot favourite, where their version of the cronut has developed its own cult following. These guys are geeky; filter coffee done through a Steampunk Mod? Check. Cold drip coffee on draught? Check. Single origin and seasonal beans roasted onsite using vintage machines? Ding, ding, ding. Oh, and while you're here, they do a decent breakfast and lunch too.
While there’s nowhere better to appreciate this city than atop the famous Harbour Bridge on a Harbour Bridge climb, we like to park ourselves on the rooftop of the Glenmore Hotel in the historic Rocks area to have a beer and burger with a complimentary view of the Sydney Harbour and the Opera House.
Work up an appetite by doing a bit of a surf n perv on the sands of Sydney's many golden beaches. Then reward that hard work and knock back some coldies at the Bucket List in Bondi. Lounge about on the deck chairs out front and order a bucket of grilled prawns to share (or not) while you watch the sea of beautiful bods go by.
Follow the hype down an alleyway to Baxter Inn, officially Australia's best bar in 2014. Get here early to get a glimpse of that 500 strong whisky library they call their back bar, and the rip roaring saloon vibes. On a date? Bulletin Place is more understated but no less lauded, home to some badass bartending talent despite its no frills decor. Rum runners hightail it to Lobo Plantation to consult their Rum Bible in this tribute to Cuban sugar baron Julio Lobo. Order a Zombie to see some flaming action behind the bar, literally.
HOT DINNER DATE
Feeling flashy? Hit Rockpool Bar and Grill on Hunter St, and spend big on a $40,000 bottle of wine to go with din dins. Housed in an Art Deco building with interiors that wouldn't look out of place on Mad Men, pull up a seat at the bar for their signature wagyu beef burger. If you're feeling skint, hit the Burger Project, Rockpool's own version of a fast food diner with mega grass-fed beef burgers and housemade slushies. The salted dulce de leche milkshake isn’t on the diet plan, but f*ck it.
Party like a rocker at Frankie's Pizza with live bands or head bangin' DJs every night of the week. Munch on pizza by the slice, swill beer by the pint and play pinball - this is not the place for the fainthearted, or to drink cocktails.
LATE NIGHT MUNCHING
Sydney has a 1.30am lock out zone in the Kings Cross area and the City, boo! Which means if you're not in your party place by that magic hour, you're out. Not quite ready to go home? Then head to Henrietta's Supper Club for sophisticated late, late, late night boozing and munching (they have a 5 am licence on weekends). For something more rough and ready, Golden Century in Chinatown is a popular hangout both with late night diners and industry peeps alike. Gather up your drinking buddies, forget the kebabs and order up big for a supper feast.
By our Sydney BarChick Inoka Ho, who runs the Sydney Cocktail Club.