Although famed French chef Damien Pignolet has left the building, the Woollahra Hotel still has a loyal following. Their high-end restaurant, Bistro Moncur, still operates on one side of the ground floor, with the relaxed, horseshoe public bar occupying the other half. Downstairs the wall of glass windows look out onto the parade of the beautiful people along Queen Street and quiet, reserved bartenders will make sure you have a Coopers in hand while you settle into a $15 steak on Mondays. Upstairs the Terrace has been given a casual make-under. They’ll still make you a cocktail but they aren’t necessarily the focus of the bar anymore. They have a familiar mix of beers on tap, some nicer craft titles in bottles in the fridge and they make a decent cheese and fresh tomato pizza. Considering the area it’s not a particularly showy pub. The décor tends more towards steel and glass than heavy timber and carpet, but it’s still a nice spot for a drink and a chat. There is a section of the terrace open to the skies and laced with strands of pearl bulbs but we prefer the little balcony behind the bar for some hideaway time. The menu covers off all the comfort foods – lasagne, roast chicken, pizza, burgers – and even includes a dessert pizza with chocolate and banana if you’re game. Plus they have a special almost every night of the week. It might sit at the swankier end of town and appear a bit more modern than the historic old boozers round the corner, but the Woollahra Hotel hosts a cold beer and chat with the best of them.
|Venue name:||The Woollahra Hotel|
116 Queen St
|Opening hours:||-Thu 5pm-midnight; Fri, Sat noon-midnight; Sun noon-10pm|