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A salty small bar, right across the road from Manly Beach
This is the sort of place you wouldn’t feel weird drinking in during the day. In fact, Hemingway’s, the tiny Manly
small bar offering the northern beaches a double dose of fun drinks and a whole lot of literature (we’ve never seen so much Bill Cosby in one place), also offers breakfast. Grab some toasted crumpets and honey or an omelette and prop a lean at the bar. Or come back a little later in the day for a serve of chicken nuggets and some pretzels and claim one of the table settings out front looking straight out to sea – perfect for a little naval gazing. Everything about this bar has settled in since it first opened back in 2011 – staff have a better feel for the space and their customers and the drinks are more delicious, but no less fun. We’re not sure there’s a bar in Sydney that’s happier to colour things blue, flavour them with creaming soda or deliberately (and hilariously) screw with a Brandy Alexander by adding Coco Pops and Nesquik. Those super-friendly bar-staff also are happy to crack open a tinny of Reschs or Tecate (or, indeed, knock the top off a long neck of Tsing Tao) and have a big, exciting range of pick’n’mixers. Order a gin and Mountain Dew, Aperol and Fanta or (our personal favourite) tequila and Passiona. Fresh! Hemingway’s gets it spot-on with their fun, irreverent menus and excellent service, with a decent side-order of salt and sass.