Right on the water
After the surfboards, goggles and togs get put away at dusk, all those sun-kissed bodies need a place to let off steam. And that place is the Coogee Bay Hotel. As one of two major establishments that face the golden sands of Coogee beach, the Bay has no lack of loyal followers who fill out its expansive beer garden.
Only a short stroll from the sea
When you’re the size of the Beach Road Hotel you can be a little something to everyone. Rock up on a Saturday arvo and the front bar is full of locals and regulars having a punt on the tote, yelling at screens showing various sporting events and downing lager. It’s a beer-drinking kind of place. Out the back, however, the beer garden feels more like a rosé-tinted locale, especially when the sun is splashed over the tables and chairs. .
The Ivanhoe on the Corso has had one hell of a facelift. Now going for a Hamptons-chic vibe, which makes sense given its proximity to the water, there is a pizza and burger bar downstairs and upstairs in the Pines you can set up camp in the outdoor greenhouse.