As the line between restaurant and bar becomes increasingly blurry, it's now possible to make a whole meal out of the excellent bar snacks flying over the counter at our favourite haunts. These are the places we head when we're not sure if drinks is going to turn into dinner, but we want to keep our options open.
At this Surry Hills enoteca they pump out some impressive eats from a tiny kitchen, and the menu changes with the season and the wine list so every visit feels like the first.
These guys are most famous for their golden, super crunchy polenta chips with a gutsy gorgonzola dipping sauce - a mainstay on the menu since they swung open in 2010, but it's worth exploring the rest of the menu when you visit.
The deli downstairs is where it's at. Here you can pull up a stool to the bar, order a tin of fancy sardines, a tinner Martini and some next level small goods.
It’s entirely likely that Mary’s is more famous as a burger place than as a bar. People queue for up to an hour just to get in the front door of this slightly scuzzy boozer for one fo their five star American-style burgers.
The promise of bar snacks from a crazy good Japanese kitchen only sweetens the deal at this cocktail lounge. Chase Kojima, might have started out as a kid in his father’s Japanese restaurant in California, but in Sydney he is the mack daddy of modern Japanese fare.