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The best restaurants in Enmore

The best restaurants in Enmore

While neighbouring Newtown has long gotten the props as a Sydney dining destination, little Enmore has slowly and surely been building its own reputation for deliciousness. Whether you're after a bite before a gig at the Enmore, you're a longtime local looking a cheap and cheerful dinner, or you're from out of town and adding the 'burb to your dining hit list, there's a surprising bredth of options contained in a small area, from gussied-up pubs, to curry houses, neighbourhood fine dining and Lebanese snack bars. Stay in the loop: sign up for our free Time Out Sydney newsletter for more news, food & drink inspo and activity ideas, straight to your inbox. Want more? Check out our guide to Sydney's best restaurants Just feel like a drink? Check out our guide to Enmore's best bars  Looking for hotspots nearby? Here's our guide to Newtown's best restaurants

The best restaurants in North Sydney

The best restaurants in North Sydney

Sydney’s busy second CBD is a towering collection of office buildings, schools and transport hubs – that’s a lot of people looking for meals before, during, and after the day is done. If you know where to look there’s some ace places to eat and drink in and around North Sydney, from swift eats like burgers and salad bowls, to Japanese barbecue restaurants and elegant spots for spesh occasions. And with the opening of North Sydney's new Victoria Cross Station in the not-too-distant future – which will bring a slew of great drinking and dining options – soon there will be even more reason to check out what's happening north of the bridge Stay in the loop: sign up for our free Time Out Sydney newsletter for more news, food & drink inspo and activity ideas, straight to your inbox. Looking for the best food across Sydney? Here are our top restaurant picks. Want a cheap eat? Here's our guide to Sydney's best food on a budget. 

Where to eat and drink at Vivid Sydney 2024

Where to eat and drink at Vivid Sydney 2024

It’s the (second) most wonderful time of the year, with Vivid Sydney on now until Saturday, June 15, 2024. (Here's our ultimate guide to Vivid.) Sydney's epic festival is lighting up the Emerald City once again for three weeks with dazzling displays, live music performances, parties, a techno party train (haha, yep!) and loads of fun and free things to do.  Good news for the greedy souls amongst us: this year’s line-up sees the triumphant return of Vivid Food, which includes the excellent Vivid Fire Kitchen, chef collaborations of your dreams, cooking demonstrations from the best in the biz, fancy dinners at fancy restaurants and more. Below, we’ve rounded up all the hottest events happening for Vivid Food. And because we know you’ll work up an appetite with all that walking and snapping, if you keep on scrolling you can check out where to eat and drink during Vivid, including good-value offers. There’s lots of exciting and tasty things happening this year, so rug up, head outside and happy eating, Sydney. Eating with kids at Vivid? Here are the best family-friendly picks. Stay in the loop: sign up for our free Time Out Sydney newsletter for more news, food & drink inspo and activity ideas, straight to your inbox.

The best happy hours in Sydney from $5 snacks to $6 beers and $10 cocktails

The best happy hours in Sydney from $5 snacks to $6 beers and $10 cocktails

Cozzie livs is on everyone’s mind right now – it’s on ours, too. But as a champion for good times, great food and excellent drinks here in Sydneytown, we also don't want to stay indoors each evening. So, Time Out Sydney's critics, including Food & Drink Editor Avril Treasure, have done the hard yards and rounded up the very best happy hour deals here in Sydney, where you can snag a schooner for $6, yum snacks for $5 and cocktails for $10. It's fun you can feel good about. We say have a squiz, head out and we hope you have a happy time at these happy hours. We sure have. Stay in the loop: sign up for our free Time Out Sydney newsletter for more news, food & drink inspo and activity ideas, straight to your inbox. After more fun for less? Here's our guide to the best free things to do in Sydney, the best op shops, and (of course) Sydney's best cheap eats. Thirsty for more? Here are the best bars in Sydney right now.

Sydney's cheap meal specials for every night of the week

Sydney's cheap meal specials for every night of the week

We’re all too aware that Sydney isn’t a cheap place, but if you know where to look, you can find dinner any night of the week for $20 and under. From tasty burgers at your local pub to steak and chips and fish tacos, Sydney has a bunch of budget-friendly eats. Time Out Sydney's critics, including Food & Drink Editor Avril Treasure, have pulled together our hit list for frugal dining. We'll see you on Tuesday. Stay in the loop: sign up for our free Time Out Sydney newsletter for more news, food & drink inspo and activity ideas, straight to your inbox. Want to know which cheap restaurants we rate most? Here's Time Out's guide to the best cheap eats in Sydney. Plus, check out our guide to 25 things to do for $25 or less in Sydney here.

The best Sunday roasts in Sydney

The best Sunday roasts in Sydney

Why spend a Sunday tackling house chores when you could be out at the pub partaking in one of the all-time great weekend feasting traditions? Let the pros take care of the cooking and make yourself comfortable at one of these ace pubs that celebrate English charm over the colder months. Cater to those hibernation cravings and get stuck in to legs of lamb with mint jelly, hearty slices of roast beef, crisp-skinned chook, nourishing root veggies and greens, fluffy Yorkshire puddings, and gravy. Lots and lots of gravy. Whatever your preferred cut, there's a top pub roast out there for you – and hopefully a pint of something nice to go alongside it.  Stay in the loop: sign up for our free Time Out Sydney newsletter for more news, food & drink inspo and activity ideas, straight to your inbox. Down for more cold-weather fun? Check out these Sydney pubs with toasty fireplaces. Want more? Work your way through Time Out's guide to the best pubs in Sydeny here.

The best bottomless brunches in Sydney right now

The best bottomless brunches in Sydney right now

There’s a lot to love about bottomless brunch. Firstly – and perhaps the most obvious one – is the allure of free-flowing booze enjoyed with your best mates over a few glorious hours, be it Champagne, Aperols, Margaritas or beers. Secondly, Sydney’s cafés and restaurants sure do put on a show with their bottomless brunch, with generous and delicious dishes, as our Food & Drink Writer Avril Treasure can attest to (and, she’s tried a lot). Plus, they’re excellent value, when you consider you get a feast and a bunch of tipples. We’re collated our top bottomless brunch picks below, which include everything from pretty Middle Eastern restaurants to classic watering holes, chic wine bars and relaxed coastal eateries. Round up your gang, make a booking and get stuck in. Bottoms up.  RECOMMENDED: These are the best happy hours in Sydney right now Start your morning on the right note with our guide to the city's finest cafés Love a long lunch? Have a look at our guide to the top set menus in Sydney at all price points

The best breweries in Sydney right now

The best breweries in Sydney right now

Craft brewing has grown up a lot since pioneering Young Henrys came along in 2012. Gone are the days when small-batch pale ales were shrouded in mystery and looked upon with suspicion; craft beers have made their way into the mainstream, and we are here for it. The Australian beer landscape is now truly world class, and while we’re pretty darn spoiled for choice when it comes to places to drink craft beer in this city, there’s something special about going straight to the source. Fresh is best, after all, and it doesn’t get any fresher than that. From Sydney’s south to the Northern Beaches, there’s always a brewery close at hand – so leave the car keys at home, set aside an afternoon and make tracks to these excellent establishments pouring the top brews in town, curated by Time Out's critics (and drinkers), including Food & Drink Editor Avril Treasure. Stay in the loop: sign up for our free Time Out Sydney newsletter for more news, food & drink inspo and activity ideas, straight to your inbox. RECOMMENDED READS: Prefer the pub? Head to one of Sydney's best pubs instead. Yearning for water views? Check out the best waterfront bars in Sydney.

The best bars and restaurants to see the Vivid lights from

The best bars and restaurants to see the Vivid lights from

Vivid lights up a lot of Sydney city – the sails of the Opera House, the water at Darling Harbour and the shores of Barangaroo. The city goes mad for this constantly growing festival, so we don't blame you if you'd rather catch the lights from the comforts of a bar or restaurant. This year, Vivid Food is back with an exciting and delicious line-up (you can read about it over here). Below, we've rounded up the best venues that give you a good look at the lights and more.  Eating with kids? Here are the best family-friendly food picks for Vivid 2024. And check out our ultimate guide to Vivid Sydney 2024. Stay in the loop: sign up for our free Time Out Sydney newsletter for more news, food & drink inspo and activity ideas, straight to your inbox.  

The best pubs in Balmain for a cold beer and cracking feed

The best pubs in Balmain for a cold beer and cracking feed

Balmain is one of the most pub-dense suburbs in Sydney, thanks to its proud working class history as a working wharf and the place where the Australian Labor Party got their start. But times have changed and Balmain is now a well-heeled neck of the woods and many corner boozers have become homes and boutiques. However there are plenty of watering holes left for when you have a thirst that only a well-poured beer can quench, and these are Time Out Sydney's top picks. Stay in the loop: sign up for our free Time Out Sydney newsletter for more news, food & drink inspo and activity ideas, straight to your inbox. RECOMMENDED READS: Check out our guide to the coolest pubs in Sydney here. Feel something fancier? Get around our guide to the top cocktail bars in town here.

A guide to eating and drinking on the Central Coast

A guide to eating and drinking on the Central Coast

The dining scene across the Central Coast is really hitting its stride, with a bunch of restaurants and cafés changing what locals and visitors can expect from the region. Thanks to some seriously talented young chefs, excellent refurbs and creative spaces, there are restaurants and cafés in Long Jetty, Avoca, Terrigal and Woy Woy that are well worth a road trip. Whether you’re looking for delicious baked goods, a long seafood lunch or a date-night dinner, Time Out has hit the road exploring the Central Coast – and here are our recommendations for where to eat and drink. RECOMMENDED READS: Want more? Check out our guide to the best road trips around New South Wales. With sparkling waterfront views, Hamptons-style decor and a palm-fringed pool, this Central Coast hotel is an absolute pearler. The NSW region nabbed 1st place in these global eco-tourism awards.

The 34 best restaurants in Surry Hills

The 34 best restaurants in Surry Hills

Leafy and buzzing Surry Hills might just be the neighbourhood with the very best of what this city has to offer in terms of eating and drinking. Whether it’s homestyle, hole-in-the-wall Korean or an all-out chef’s menu from a kitchen with nothing but open flames, each and every price point and palate is catered to on these streets, from the fringe of the city down to the bottom of Crown. Time Out Sydney's editors and critics, including Food & Drink Editor Avril Treasure, have chosen their favourite picks from the 2010 postcode (and the home of Time Out Sydney HQ!). Go forth and eat well.  Stay in the loop: sign up for our free Time Out Sydney newsletter for more news, food & drink inspo and activity ideas, straight to your inbox. Feel like a drink? These are the best bars in Surry Hills. After a bargain? Check out Sydney’s best cheap eats

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Firepop

Firepop

It’s one of life’s universal truths that things on sticks are just more delicious. Take a Paddle Pop, for example. Or a Gilda. Wife-and-husband duo Alina Van and Raymond Hou know this well. Since 2019, they have been serving flame-licked skewers to hungry folks all across Sydney including festivals, breweries and the Royal Easter Show. In March, they opened their first bricks-and-mortar venue – a two-storey restaurant on Enmore Road – right next door to Bar Louise. With an intimate chef’s table, chic seats and colourful art, it’s a sophisticated step up from their beloved red food truck. And though you may now enjoy their flame-cooked eats alongside a glass of wine – as opposed to scoffing it standing up – their delicious food remains. The best seat in the house is undoubtedly the chef’s table, which seats only eight guests. Here, you’ll sit across from the charcoal and wood-fire grill and see the cooks in action: grilling pieces of meat until they are charred yet still succulent, as well as veggies and seafood. View this post on Instagram A post shared by FIREPOP® | Restaurant and Bar (@firepopaustralia) Fans of Firepop will be chuffed to see some OG hits on the menu, including the corn ribs with caciocavallo cheese, house-made yoghurt butter and garlic, and sesame cumin lamb. There’s also a ‘butter cube’ skewer of Blackmore Wagyu chuck rib, which gets its name thanks to its high meat marbling score of 9+. Elsewhere, there are oysters, raw fish am

The Hook

The Hook

Oysters freshly shucked right in front of your very eyes, a considered drinks list spanning everything from coastal whiskies to sake, Champagne and Martinis, and a soundtrack of old-school piano tunes is what you can expect to find at The Hook, now open in Kings Cross. The retro oyster den is spearheaded by Dave Spanton, the legend behind neon-hued Time Out favourites Piccolo Bar and Vermuteria. It has taken over the former home of Izgara (which has moved to the CBD) on Bayswater Road. Spanton says to Time Out: “I walk past the site every day, and one day when it was empty I saw this incredible horseshoe bar. I imagined myself sitting at the bar, watching oysters shucked to order, drinking a Guinness, with old-school music playing. It was a lightbulb moment.” While there's a cracking cheeseburger, hot dog, chips, cheese and other snacky things on the menu, The Hook is a real-deal oyster bar – so the focal point is the ocean’s briny, salty, creamy mollusks. Just like the bars Spanton loves in San Francisco and New Orleans. There is a selection of oysters from different regions available each week served fresh, and also done in a bunch of ways. Think: oyster mornay, oysters Kilpatrick, oysters Rockefeller, and fried oysters. “I think it's something that we miss in Sydney,” Spanton says. “Often when you order oysters they are shucked in the kitchen, and you miss out on that theatre, or it’s done days before. We want to do it properly. Where people can see us and we can make them

Noon

Noon

Don’t wait until the middle of the day to check out Manly’s newest café, Noon. And that’s because it’s probably the most exciting morning offering we’ve seen in the coastal town of late – and this is coming from a born-and-bred Northern Beaches local. (Effie’s serves a cracking coffee and eggs with chilli jam, but they’re up the road in Balgowlah). Noon is by the Good Good Company, the team behind some of Manly’s best spots including the fun-times-only Japanese-ish Sunset Sabi, pasta and vino haven Busta, and OG date-night spot, Chica Bonita, spearheaded by owner Luke Miller. That’s all to say: you’re in good hands at Noon. The café has opened on a sunny corner on Raglan street – locals will know the location well – that used to be the former home of Deus. This isn’t your average café. There’s still avo on toast of course, and a bacon and egg roll made with focaccia from Pioik Bakery in Pyrmont, free-range eggs from Peats Ridge, and bacon from Marrickville’s Whole Beast Butchery. But it’s the other dishes that get us most excited. Take the mince on toast, a nostalgic plate made up of Blackmore Wagyu mince that’s spiced and served with toasted almonds, currants and crème fraîche on a thick slice of sourdough. Dads, eat your heart out. View this post on Instagram A post shared by avriltreasure (@avriltreasure) Our pick was the potato rosti with house-cured ocean trout, a fresh and bright fennel and herb salad, crème fraîche and a jammy egg. Feel like somet

Chuck & Son's Brewing Co

Chuck & Son's Brewing Co

Chuck Hahn is an Aussie beer legend. He started brewing in 1971 – more than 50 years ago – and went on to found Hahn Brewery, one of the country’s most famous breweries, as well as being the driving force behind the likes of James Squire and Kosciusko. In 2022, Chuck retired from brewing, hanging up his beer hat after a successful innings. But now, he’s back in action. And he’s teamed up with his son Scott Hahn to open a brewery and tap room in Sydney’s St Peters. Say hello to Chuck & Son's Brewing Co. And yes, you bet it’s time for a cold one. “I think the exciting thing about starting your own brewery is that you have complete control over the types of beer you’re making, and you can tailor that to what the market desires” says Chuck on a video on Instagram. Chuck added: “There are many great craft beers out there, and brewers I’m really impressed by. With this brewery, we’re adding to and complementing that space with only the best. The beers I’ve spent more than 50 years perfecting. They’re refined, they’re sessionable, they’re my proudest work so far.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Chuck and Son's Brewing Co. (@chuckandsonsbrewing) Now to the important bit: the beers. One the line-up you’ll find a Two-World Pale Ale, American Amber, Touring Radler and Original Pilsner, and we’re told special edition brews are also in the pipeline. Plus, there are Australian wines, cocktails and soft drinks. You’ll need some snacks to go with the booze

The Cricketers Balmain

The Cricketers Balmain

Surry Hills has its own Cricketers, and so does Balmain. The historic pub is now under the ownership of publican Tommy Hall, who learned the ropes pouring beers at some of the city’s top pubs including the White Cockatoo Hotel, The Henson, and the Sydney Park Hotel. Located on Darling Street and established in 1872, The Cricketers Balmain is one of Sydney’s oldest pubs, but it’s been given a freshen-up so these days it’s looking schmick. There’s a dedicated sports lounge upstairs with six large screens, so you won’t miss a second of the action (except, of course, when you need to head to the loo and order a round). As for food, expect pub classics – like parmis, burgers, roasts and bangers and mash – and there are specials on most days of the week. Feeling lucky? Head down on Friday night, throw your hat into the ring of the weekly veg and meat raffle, and you may end up saving money on your next groceries haul. Stay in the loop: sign up for our free Time Out Sydney newsletter for more news, food & drink inspo and activity ideas, straight to your inbox. RECOMMENDED READS: In the area? Check out our guide to the best pubs in Balmain. Want more? These are the coolest pubs in Sydney.

Brooksy

Brooksy

If you head to 19 Jamison Street in the Sydney CBD, you’ll find a discreet entrance that will lead you to Brooksy, an intimate speakeasy-style bar with nods to the prohibition era. Here, there’s a signature cocktail served in an Absinthe fountain, a roving whisky trolley, oysters that are freshly shucked to order, and fortune tellers ready to look into your soul. Award-winning shaker and maker Brendon Hill is behind the cocktail list, which is inspired by the Golden Age of travel. On the line-up you’ll see the Uluru, a refreshing tipple featuring a eucalyptus leaf, green grapes, lemon, Campari, gin, and white vermouth, set to evoke the Australian landscape. There’s also cocktails inspired by the beauty of Japan, Greece, Italy, America and more, in case you're dreaming of an overseas adventure but your annual leave (and budget) says otherwise. The jewel in the crown is the Absinthe fountain, Brooksy’s signature cocktail featuring the potent spirit and designed to share with friends. The snacks menu has been created by executive chef Hemant Dadlani and includes plates like beef tartare with anchovies, black garlic and a baguette; burrata with heirloom tomatoes and cured beets; and yuzu scallops with salmon roe and wasabi. Adorned with velvet draped curtains, marble tables and Art Deco-style interiors, Brooksy is elegant and classy and has a touch of 1920s charm. Plus, with fortune tellers and tableside entertainment, there’s more than a few tricks up Brooksy’s sleeve. Now you k

Derrel's

Derrel's

5 out of 5 stars

It’s early on a Wednesday night and it’s absolutely pouring with rain. Two factors I hope will deter people like repellent and allow me to secure a hot seat at Derrel’s, Parramatta Road’s new late-night Indian diner, next to The Lady Hampshire. Though one peep through the turmeric- and paprika-coloured plastic curtains tells me: fat chance. The place is packed. I spot a few spare seats in the middle of the cafeteria-like shared tables, so just like a cat we pounce. Derrel’s is named after Brendan King’s grandfather, Derrel. The young chef says his nanna never cooked while he was growing up, and instead he remembers Derrel in the kitchen, preparing spiced tandoori wings and kick-arse pork vindaloo. King went on to sharpen his knife skills at Baba’s Place in Marrickville, a venue that’s big on celebrating Sydney’s suburban multicultural cuisine. The fact that this casual, colourful eatery is an ode to his grandfather, and inspired by his time growing up in an Anglo-Indian household, feels like a natural, delicious progression. (Derrel’s is a joint effort between Public Hospitality and Baba’s Place Creative.) Inside, marigold garlands hang from the walls alongside a framed Roy Keane Manchester United Jersey and old family photos. There’s a pink counter at the back with a bain-marie stocked with curries to grab and go. The dark-brown chairs look retro and cheap, and that’s probably the point. A television is playing one of the greatest films of all time: Bend It Like Beckham. It’

La Coppola

La Coppola

Found on Redfern’s main drag, La Coppola is a hole-in-the-wall joint that serves delicious Sicilian-style pizzas. The father-daughter duo Stefano and Cassie have perfected their pizza, which features a crisp base with a with light a fluffy crust. We’re big fans of the Scopello with burrata, salami, spicy pancetta, garlic, parsley, and chilli. There are a handful of tables outside and one large communal table inside where you can BYO wine and make friends with your neighbour. No seats? Order a pizza to go and take it across the road to Noble Hops and enjoy it with a beer. Stay in the loop: sign up for our free Time Out Sydney newsletter for more news, food & drink inspo and activity ideas, straight to your inbox.  RECOMMENDED READS: Check out our guide to the top pizza restaurants in town here. In the area? These are the best restaurants in Redfern.

Our House x Shell House

Our House x Shell House

The weather may be getting cooler, but forget about staying at home. Shell House – Sydney’s second favourite house after the one with white sails – is throwing a two-month party celebrating good food, great music, incredible art and even better times. Called 'Our House,' the event is styled as a love letter to Sydney at the multi-level drinking and dining destination, and it’s got your name on it. Brett Robinson, owner and restaurateur of Shell House said: “Our House is a deeply curated festival of collaboration between our team and the valued, talented, and respected friends in our orbit. “Our House brings together the world’s finest visual artists, musical performers, culinary innovators, winemakers, industry icons and product kings and queens into a two-month-long feast for the senses presented in the place we call home – Shell House.” The line-up is packed with flash dinners, special performances and a whole lot of Champagne-fueled fun (our personal favourite). Starting with the food and beverage program, 'Wet, Cold, and Delicious' spans two events. There’s a dinner exploring Tasmania’s wonderful sea creatures, and a deep dive into tuna with chef Toshihiko Oe from Sushi Oe and Narito Ishii from Sydney Fish Markets, followed by a five-course fresh dinner curated by culinary director Joel Bickford and head chef Brad Guest. 'Prime Time: The Ultimate Beef Dinner' is for all the carnivores among us. Bickford will team up with the king of meat, Anthony Puharich from Vic’s Meats

Huge Moves

Huge Moves

Natural wine is all the rage these days and you'll find a glass or two of low-intervention drops on most Sydney wine lists worth their salt. But it wasn’t that long ago that earthy ferments and lo-fi drops were considered 'alternative'. If you love the taste of it, then listen up. Huge Moves is one of the country’s best natural wine parties celebrating the rise of minimal intervention wines, curated by DRNKS owner Joel Amos. And it’s happening in Sydney soon. This year Huge Moves is set to take place at Ace Hotel Sydney in Surry Hills on Saturday, May 18, kicking off from noon. Spanning two levels, the event will feature more than 35 natural winemakers, grape growers and distributors, with more than 100 drops for you to taste. Chat with like-minded wine lovers and producers from all across the country and the world, including Australia’s first importer of natural wine, Andrew Guard Wine Imports; the Hunter Valley’s Harkham Wines; South Australia’s Worlds Apart Wines and Alpha Box & Dice; and Japan’s Sinking Wines, plus loads more. Taste, chat, mingle, taste again and enjoy some boozy, natural-wine fun. It wouldn't be an Ace Hotel do without some dining along with your wining, so Loam will be serving bite-sized snacks throughout the day. Think: Yamba prawn rolls, LP's Quality Meats mortadella sandos, local oysters and a killer cheese stand by sister-brother duo The Studd Siblings. DJ Levins and friends will be hitting the decks, playing groovy tunes all day. Tickets to Huge Mo

Glass Brasserie

Glass Brasserie

Over the past 18 years, Luke Mangan has welcomed some serious celebrities into his Sydney fine diner, Glass Brasserie – everyone from Elton John to Priscilla Presley, Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Sir Richard Branson and Queen Mary and King Frederik. It’s easy to see why. The expansive dining room, located in Hilton Sydney in the centre of the city’s beating heart, is impressive. The glass-framed space has a towering ceiling, an enviable vino collection with more than 1000 wine bottles, and majestic views of the regal-looking Queen Victoria Building. The food matches the dining room. Glass Brasserie’s produce-driven menu showcases the best of Australian ingredients prepared with technique and flair, and while you can order your own meal, like most restaurants it’s best to share. We recommend selecting a bunch of dishes from the raw, small bites, and entree sections, followed by two or three larger plates from the mains and grill, depending on how many guests you’re with. Plus sides and dessert, of course. Highlights include kingfish sashimi amped up with a fiery and crisp peanut chilli oil and mustard pickle leaf; a silky crab omelette with sweet blue swimmer crab meat, fresh herbs and a miso mustard broth; and artichoke and ricotta ravioli with a buttery lemon sauce and shaved truffle pecorino. More substantial numbers include Wollemi duck breast with a golden skin, tart rhubarb, almond cream and Tuscan cabbage; and Borrowdale pork cutlet with red wine-braised onions, parsnip p

Zeta Bar

Zeta Bar

Our favourite thing about Zeta Bar, the smart and slick cocktail bar in Hilton Sydney, is the open-air terrace that looks across the green copper domes of the Queen Victoria Building directly opposite. It’s a cracking spot to knock back a bottle of Champagne with your friends during the day when the sun is shining. Come night, when the QVB is lit up looking grand and regal, the space feels romantic. Inside, the dark leather seats, flicking fireplace and low lights adds to its charm. Zeta Bar is all clean lines, high ceilings and expanses of glass, and while its decor does feel a little retro – the bar has been a part of Sydney’s drinking scene since it opened in 2005, after all – it’s still is a sophisticated space. And given its location in the heart of the city, it’s a stellar choice for a date or an afterwork cocktail. Speaking of booze, Zeta Bar’s happy hour is great. It’s on from Thursday to Saturday, 5-7pm, and you can get $14 Negronis, as well as house spirits, wines and beers for $12. The cocktails here are top-notch, so whether you want something classic like a Dirty Martini, or one of their specialty cocktails, including the Pina Mongibello, made with white and coconut rum, pineapple, vermouth, fresh lime and spices, you’re in for a boozy treat. Of course, you'll need a snack. The bar food menu spans salty, tasty things you want to enjoy with your drink. So there’s lobster rolls with fresh lime; a charcuterie board with soft cured meats and zingy pickles; and mushro

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We went to Vivid Sydney's Fire Kitchen – these are the 5 must-try dishes

We went to Vivid Sydney's Fire Kitchen – these are the 5 must-try dishes

Sydney’s sparkly festival Vivid is back, baby. This year’s stellar line-up is packed full of fun and free things to do, incredible light installations, train techno parties (yes, seriously) and delicious eats and drinks. Speaking of food, one of my personal favourite things about this year’s program is Vivid Fire Kitchen. Not sure what it is? No worries. Time Out Sydney got a preview of this fire-powered street – and here’s everything you need to know (plus our five must-eat dishes). Photograph: Destination NSW What is Vivid Fire Kitchen? Part of Vivid Food, Vivid Fire Kitchen is a night-food market and street that's chock-full of vendors, stalls, bars and an outdoor kitchen featuring live cooking demos from the best in the biz. One thing they all have in common? All the dishes (except the ice-cream) have been touched by fire. At night, Sydneysiders can head on down during Vivid to eat their way through the yum and diverse eats. We say bring a group of friends so you can order a bunch of different stuff and go to town. Where is Vivid Fire Kitchen? Vivid Fire Kitchen is held along The Goods Line in Ultimo, right behind Darling Harbour. It used to be an old railway line but these days it’s a public walkway. Photograph: Paul McMillan How do you get to Vivid Fire Kitchen? Leave the car at home – it’s best to get public transport (either train or light rail) to Vivid Fire Kitchen. Vivid Fire Kitchen is accessible from Central Station, where you’ll walk through that long, under

JUST IN: Sydney restaurant Saint Peter named in the World’s 50 Best longlist for 2024

JUST IN: Sydney restaurant Saint Peter named in the World’s 50 Best longlist for 2024

Saint Peter, Josh and Julie Niland’s trailblazing seafood diner, has made it into the World’s 50 Best longlist for 2024, announced overnight (Wed, May 22) in Las Vegas, coming in at 98th place. It was the only Australian restaurant to make the cut and the first time a diner from the country has made it onto the esteemed list since 2022. The annual longlist of the world’s 51-100 finest restaurants is decided by a voting academy made up of more than 1000 global restaurant critics, restaurateurs, and chefs, with restaurants 1-50 being announced on June 5. Photograph: Supplied/Saint Peter The judges praised Niland’s “gill-to-fin approach” and how he utilises the whole fish in his innovative cooking, from eyes to organs, bones to scales. They said: “Not every restaurant can legitimately claim to be spearheading a movement. Yet this cool concept from Josh Niland takes the great Australian seafood tradition to previously unexplored heights. Known as ‘the fish butcher’, Niland favours techniques typically associated with meat.” Josh Niland expressed his joy and gratitude in a post on Saint Peter’s Instagram, saying: “@julieniland and I can't begin to express our deepest, most heartfelt congratulations to our whole team across @saintpeterpaddo, @fishbutchery, & @petermendining. We are incredibly grateful to them and to @theworlds50best for recognizing their efforts over the past years.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Joshua Niland (@saintpeterpaddo)

Vivid Food 2024 first line-up has just been announced and it’s epic

Vivid Food 2024 first line-up has just been announced and it’s epic

**MAY UPDATE** If you're looking for our top picks from the Vivid Food program, head to our fully updated guide, over here. If you're looking for places to eat during Vivid 2024, check out these restaurants and bars where you can see the lights from, or suss out the best family-friendly eats at Vivid. Soon, Sydney is about to become a sparkly city on steroids as the Southern Hemisphere's largest multi-platform festival lights up the sky for 23 nights from Friday, May 24 to Saturday, June 15. While Vivid initially began as a light show, over the last few years it’s transformed into so much more, with the introduction of Vivid Food (my personal favourite), a pillar that showcases the best eats and drinks in the city and beyond. Calling all food and wine lovers: today, the first line-up for Vivid Food 2024 has been announced and as expected, it sounds absolutely delicious. Strap in. Similar to 2023, this year there are three parts to Vivid Food: Vivid Residence, Vivid Chef Series and Vivid Fire Kitchen, which all will tie back to the 2024 festival’s theme of ‘humanity’, highlighting food as a fundamental part of the human experience and how it brings people from all over the world together. Here’s what we know so far. What you can expect from Vivid Residence Manoella Buffara, Latin America's Best Female Chef 2022, will be taking over Greek diner Ploós for an exciting two-week residency during Vivid. Renowned for her passion for sustainability and boundary-pushing Brazilian fare

It’s official: Sydney is home to six of the world’s best steak restaurants for 2024

It’s official: Sydney is home to six of the world’s best steak restaurants for 2024

From boundary-pushing fine diners to hot Mediterranean grills, Sydney is home to some of the world’s best restaurants. Now, we can also say we have some of the best steak restaurants too. Globally recognised London-based media company Upper Cut Media House has just released its esteemed list of The World's 101 Best Steak Restaurants for 2024, and six Sydney restaurants made the cut. Not only that, two Aussie steak diners made the top ten. Insert fire emoji. Neil Perry’s Double Bay fine diner Margaret was voted the third best steak restaurant in the world for 2024 – and the best in Australia. The judges praised the flash restaurant for its steaks sourced from the finest producers and its menu which captures the spirit of modern Australian cuisine. Rockpool Bar & Grill – winner of Time Out Sydney’s Best Legend Award 2023 – was voted the eighth best steak restaurant in the world, and the second best in the country. Rockpool sources its beef from local producers and is dry-aged in house. The result? Perfectly caramelised, charred and flavourful meat. View this post on Instagram A post shared by avriltreasure (@avriltreasure) In 24th spot was handsome subterranean restaurant The Gidley from the team behind Bistecca, Alfie's and The Rover. (Time Out tip: The Gidley also serves one of Sydney’s tastiest burgers – order one to share as a starter.) Bistecca, a restaurant renowned for serving beautiful bistecca alla Fiorentina, enjoyed throughout Tuscany – as well as

Iconic Sydney fine-dining restaurant Tetsuya's is closing permanently after 35 years

Iconic Sydney fine-dining restaurant Tetsuya's is closing permanently after 35 years

It's the end of an era. Sydney’s iconic fine diner Tetsuya's will host its final service this winter after 35 years at the top of the game, as plans to relocate the restaurant have been unsuccessful. For close to four decades, Tetsuya Wakuda's Japanese oasis has been a restaurant known for starched linen, textural exploration and exquisite Japanese-inspired dishes executed with French technique. Its closure will be sad news for many Sydneysiders who celebrated milestones at Tetsuya's, from big birthdays to anniversaries. Trailblazing chef and owner Tetsuya Wakuda said in a statement: “Our plans to relocate Tetsuya’s to a new site after it closes at the end of July have unfortunately not worked out. I have made the very difficult decision to permanently close the restaurant.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Tetsuya Wakuda (@tetsuyasydney) Tetsuya’s opened in Rozelle in 1989 before relocating to its current home on Kent Street in Sydney’s CBD in 2000. In September 2022, we brought you the news that the location was slated for redevelopment, and in July 2023, it was reported that Tetsuya's reopening at a new location had been delayed but was still on track. Now, Tetsuya has made the decision to close it permanently. Tetsuya's was best known for its highly sought-after degustation menu and the chef’s signature dish: confit ocean trout with celery salad and roe. Tetsuya’s featured in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants from 2002 through to 2013, and t

Top chef Chase Kojima is opening a Japanese steakhouse with a Brazilian twist in Bankstown

Top chef Chase Kojima is opening a Japanese steakhouse with a Brazilian twist in Bankstown

Does the name Chase Kojima ring a bell? The San Francisco-born Japanese chef cut his teeth working at Nobu all over the world, before helming the kitchen of Sydney’s award-winning restaurant Sokyo since its 2011 inception, winning praise and accolades for his innovative and creative take on traditional Japanese cuisine. In 2023, Kojima cut ties with Sokyo and The Star Sydney, and fans have been eagerly awaiting to see what his next move will be. Here goes: It’s now been announced that Kojima will be opening a 100-seat Japanese steakhouse with a Brazilian twist in Bankstown this winter, called Tokyo Samba. And, it will be completely booze-free to cater to the local demographic. The menu at Tokyo Samba will also be halal, and will feature the incredible sashimi that Kojima is known for alongside premium steaks and zingy ceviches. You’ll be able to pair your meal with zero-alcohol wines and innovative mocktails. Leading the floor team will be Thomas Malucelli as restaurant manager, who some may recognise from his days handing out roses on The Bachelors (he was one of three). Kojima said: “I am super excited as this is my sweet spot in flavour. I’ve been planning a Japanese steakhouse for a long time and have been working with our owners (who choose to remain anonymous) for the past seven months." “We have a lot of exciting new things coming as we roll out – I’m never shy with creativity - So watch this space!” Tokyo Samba is slated to open in June or July – we will keep you post

Chef Alessandro Pavoni and the Ormeggio team are opening a beachfront restaurant in Sydney's Manly

Chef Alessandro Pavoni and the Ormeggio team are opening a beachfront restaurant in Sydney's Manly

Manly has always had the babes, beaches and sun. And over the last few years, the dining scene has started heating up. This summer it’s set to get even hotter with the news that star chef Alessandro Pavoni – co-owner of Ormeggio at The Spit and Chiosco by Ormeggio, as well as executive chef of Crown’s A’Mare – is opening an Italian restaurant on Manly Beach. Excellent news for Northern Beaches locals and city slickers who enjoy the occasional Manly Ferry ride. Called Cibaria Manly, the new restaurant will be opening inside the recently renovated Manly Pacific, less than a minute’s walk from Manly Corso. Taking inspiration from the Italian piazza and European ways of dining – where a coffee and pastry turns into an aperitivo and then a bowl of silky pasta with vino and friends – Cibaria Manly will be relaxed, welcoming and breezy. Comfy lounges, counter dining, chic tables and a sunny rooftop terrace will make up the space. It’ll be the kind of place you can pop in after a swim for a Spritz and snack – just be sure to wipe the sand off your feet. Photograph: Supplied/Cibaria Manly Pavoni said: “As a Northern Beaches local I know what opportunity there is in the area. I can’t wait to add to the Manly dining scene, this is a restaurant that I am I'm looking forward to visiting myself, with friends and family.” Ormeggio’s head chef Gianmarco Pardini will lead the kitchen alongside Pavoni. The menu will be broken into various ‘- ria’s’, including ’braceria’ (grill), ‘forneria’ (

Sydney’s zero-waste bar Re is reopening at Redfern’s The Norfolk Hotel

Sydney’s zero-waste bar Re is reopening at Redfern’s The Norfolk Hotel

Pioneering zero-waste bar Re will reopen on Tuesday, May 14 inside Redfern’s The Norfolk Hotel. In February, Re – winner of Time Out Sydney’s Best Innovation Award 2023 – closed up shop in South Eveleigh. Thankfully, cocktail gun Matt Whiley found a new home for his cocktail prodigy, which is currently sitting at number 46 on the World’s Best Bars List. Whiley has teamed up with Public Hospitality – the Sydney group who have more than 16 venues under their rapidly going belt, including Maybe Sammy, El Primo Sanchez, Busby’s, Ricos Tacos, Derrel’s, Lady Hampshire and Dean & Nancy on 22 – to make this happen. Sam McAdam-Cooper While Re will have a new address, its commitment to being a zero-waste bar will remain. Whiley has already begun to develop cocktails using waste from all of Public’s venues, and if they are anything like his cocktail with chicken feet caramel, prepare to be wowed. The green moves don’t stop there – Whiley will also oversee Public’s waste management to reduce its environmental impact. Wiley said: “We’ve given Re a new home, but our signature style of experimentation and sustainable practice is still paramount for us. We’ve already been able to redirect perfectly fresh waste and create cocktails and new dishes as part of our re-reopening. The team has had a lot of fun doing a lot of the work in the lab next door. We look forward to welcoming our new neighbours in Redfern.” Drink highlights on the opening menu include ‘Not Your Nannas Lassis’ using fresh

Life's sweet at Byron Bay’s luxury beachfront accommodation, Beach Suites

Life's sweet at Byron Bay’s luxury beachfront accommodation, Beach Suites

As soon as I step inside Beach Suites, located a shell’s throw from the sand at Byron Bay, I am met by two things. The first is general manager Helen Buckley, whose smile and warmth immediately make me feel at ease. The second is a scent that smells like coconut and vanilla and balmy summer days, and reminds me of an expensive popular candle – but even better. Helen tells me Beach Suites created its very own signature scent to use around the luxury waterfront accommodation, from linen sprays, to well, candles. If there’s a better way to indicate to someone they are now on holidays bar a Piña Colada, I would like to know about it. (And yes, I'd love a Piña Colada too please.) Photograph: Supplied/Beach Suites This is one of many small things that I love about Beach Suites, which really adds up to the Big Things. Take for example that the luxury penthouses and studios (which really are bigger than most one-bedroom apartments in Sydney) are serviced daily, so your dishes are done, beds are made, and the team will fold your washing for you at no extra charge. Most come with their own private pool. In fact, the four penthouses on top all have their own rooftop pool. I am not kidding. Coffee beans are sourced locally, the gorgeous wooden furniture was created from recycled red gum rainforest trees, and the toilets use grey water to save on resources (there are tanks on site underneath the car park). There is a dedicated room specially designed for disabled guests. The interiors a

Bondi’s iconic restaurant Icebergs is opening in a surprising second location

Bondi’s iconic restaurant Icebergs is opening in a surprising second location

Since swinging open its doors in 2002, Bondi’s Icebergs Dining Room and Bar has become as much a part of the Sydney landscape as everyone’s favourite house with sails. It’s big news that owner and restaurateur Maurice Terzini has announced the opening of a casual spin-off of the city’s famous restaurant by mid-2025. However, in a surprising move – and one sure to please jet setters – Terzini is swapping the turquoise ocean for the tarmac. That’s right, Icebergs Bar + Kitchen will be opening at Sydney airport – at Terminal 3 to be exact – as a collaboration with food and beverage operator Airport Retail Enterprises. Airport eats and drinks never sounded so good. Photograph: Supplied/Snack Kitchen While it won’t be a traditional restaurant, Icebergs Bar + Kitchen will embody the same look and feel as the original icon, with Terzini once again partnering with Carl Pickering, the Rome-based architect behind Icebergs. Expect a timeless, elegant space adorned in sea greens and cool blues reminiscent of Icebergs. Just don’t miss your flight. As the majority of the airport’s food and drink trade happens in the morning, Icebergs Bar + Kitchen will cater to this demand, with an emphasis on excellent coffee, Italian breakfast plates, fresh pastries and grab-and-go options. One can only hope the Iceberger, Iceberg’s cracking cheeseburger, makes it onto the menu. Photograph: Supplied/Icebergs Dining Room and Bar And because this is Icebergs, and the airport we’re talking about – where

Cheers! The oldest brewery in the world is coming to Sydney

Cheers! The oldest brewery in the world is coming to Sydney

Beer lovers and history buffs, this one’s for you. Weihenstephan, the world’s oldest existing brewery located in the German state of Bavaria, is coming to Sydney for the GABS Beer Festival. Held on May 31 to Saturday, June 1 at ICC Sydney, beer-enthusiasts will be able to taste four of Weihenstephan’s history-making brews – braupakt, wheat beer, pils and the original helles – at the booze party. If that doesn’t call for cheers, we don’t know what will. Located in an old monastery above the city of Freising on the Weihenstephan Hill, Weihenstephan has been operating for nearly 1000 years, making it the oldest existing brewery on Earth. Today, the brewery marries its age-old traditions with modern technology to craft award-winning beers. Photograph: Supplied/GABS Want more? On Thursday, May 30, Marcus Englet from Weihenstephan will be speaking at a special gala dinner, discussing all things Weihenstephan. You can get a ticket for that here. GABS Beer Festival is Australia’s biggest beer celebration, with more than 500 beer taps all under the one roof, and 120 beers exclusively brewed for the festival. And now with news that Weihenstephan will be making the journey Down Under, surely it’s time to dust off the red carpet and polish those glasses. If you’re keen to taste a bit of history – and have hops of fun along the way – you can get your ticket for GABS Festival here. Stay in the loop: sign up for our free Time Out Sydney newsletter for more news, food & drink inspo and ac

Fior, The Shire's breezy Italian diner by the Jane and Arthur team, is now open

Fior, The Shire's breezy Italian diner by the Jane and Arthur team, is now open

Fior, a casual Italian restaurant by the team behind Jane and Arthur – Tristan Rosier and Rebecca Fanning – is now open in Gymea in the Sutherland Shire. The diner is an Australian riff on Italian cuisine, laced with charm, nostalgia and good times. Rosier is joined with head chef Will Lawson (ex-Arthur, Fred's, Ms G’s) in the kitchen. Expect rustic Italian antipasti, handmade pasta and casual plates at affordable price points, all made from mostly locally sourced ingredients, bar quality Parmigiano Reggiano and anchovies, of course. Oysters are freshly shucked to order, there is a roaming gelato trolley, and “the Shire’s best aperitivo hour”. Eduardo Conde from Paddington's El Primo Sanchez – also the current Diageo World Class Bartender of the Year – is in charge of the cocktails, so that sounds about right. Photograph: Supplied/Fior Head chef and co-owner Rosier grew up in Gymea, and has always dreamt of opening a restaurant in his home suburb. The couple nabbed the former home of Caruso’s and worked with award-winning architects and interior designers Luchetti Krelle to transform the space into Fior. Rosier said: “The menu will be full of the things that people love eating and we want people to have fun, feel at home and be on a first-name basis with our staff.”   Photograph: Keith Saunders   Fanning added: “There are a lot of locals that have been crying out for a concept like this a little closer to home and it’s different to anything that currently exists in the Sh