If summer afternoons had a flavour it'd be the bittersweet taste of the ultimate Italian refresher, the Aperol Spritz. Of course people who like theirs more on the bitter side of the divide will often go for a Campari instead, but when you want to drink the sunset Aperol is the way to go, and these are the best places to do it.
When we were young we used to dream of being stuck inside a department store overnight, free to jump on the display beds, try on the furs and spritz all the perfumes. Now we’d prefer to be locked in 121 BC, a Surry Hills enoteca where we could go wild with biodynamic wines and tasty snacks with no supervision. All we ever want to do is while away the hours with an orange wine from Friuli in Northeastern Italy or a Spritz.
The Bondi Bowling Club has received the fairy godmother treatment from the team behind Panama House and Corner House. Bondi’s popularity means getting a big crew seated is no small undertaking, but there’s still plenty of space here. Outside, picnic tables shaded by crimson G.H Mumm umbrellas line the competition green. And the terrace behind the social green will be packed on a sunny afternoon with people drinking Aperol Sprtiz.
An afternoon spent by the harbour in the Watsons Bay’s beer garden is like taking a mini break without having to leave the city limits. The beer garden is one of the best places in Sydney to watch the sun set behind the city skyline, especially if you have a cocktail in hand.
In this famously windy pocket of Surry Hills you can get some ace pizza, a pesto lasagna and all the Italian cocktails you can handle. Grab one of the outdoor seats and watch the light fade on the day with a Spritz in hand, or maybe a Bicicletta if you're feeling really traditional.