Whether you're softening the sharp edges on a nasty hangover or kicking off the day with a bang, a boozy brunch is always a good idea, and lately more and more venues are getting in on the action (if we can't drink late then we may as well start earlier). We've got much-loved bars switching things up with a breakfast menu (bring on the Bloody Marys) and sunny cafés that'll pour you something a little stronger than a coffee. If you fancy a boozy brunch, these are the places cracking open the sparkling in the AM.
Kicking on? Head to one of Sydney's 50 best bars.
Where to have a boozy brunch in Sydney
Paddington's shining sustainable seafood restaurant goes into brunch mode on weekends, bringing you breakfast plates with an oceanic bent. Thing octopus head scotch eggs, marron scrambled eggs, sea urchin crumpets and of course, plenty of freshly shucked oysters to go with Champagne.
Nothing exemplifies the ‘come one, come all’ attitude like broad opening hours, because Sydney is a brunch town now and A1 has a licence that kicks off at 10am. That means if you want a 750ml amber ale from Marrickville’s Wildflower brewery to go with your curried scrambled eggs and LP’s Quality Meats sausage on an English muffin, you go right ahead and live your life.
Ever wanted a Korean style brunch? Or perhaps you're just looking for an excuse to have fried chicken for breakfast. Either way Paper Bird opens at 10am on weekends to dish out both. Order up scrambled eggs with char sui bacon, kim chi and cheese toasties, raw kingfish rice bowls and katsu sandos along with booze and start your Sunday morning with a bang.
Bill Granger has written kilos of cookbooks, had his own television shows, opened cafés both in Sydney and now in uh, Japan, and is famous the world over. But brunch still remains his claim to fame. Pair a killer Bloody Mary with springs of coriander with some of his corn fritters or a peach bellini with some ricotta hotcakes and you've got a cracking way to start your Saturday (or any day, really).
Feel like a Negroni, Aperol Spritz or chenin blanc at 10am? Joseph Hyde will deliver your boozy hit with no judgments. And if you’re chasing a caffeine buzz, the punchy Double Roasters custom blend is served every way you can think of – even as an espresso with tonic water. You can also order carrot cake waffles, poke bowls and a huge breakfast burger.
This Surry Hills restaurant-bar dishes out leisurely brunches on Saturday and Sunday. The menu includes the likes of omelettes, housemade savoury tarts and lots of fresh seafood – order the king prawn pieces in a rich, stocky bisque with crunchy-fried bits of ginger, chilli and onion. On the cocktail front you'll find the Dead Ringer Bloody Mary made with amontillado sherry and gin, and a cold drip coffee cocktail with bourbon, vanilla and cardamom. They'll also be doing bottomless Mimosas with a citrus mix of orange, lemon and pineapple for $30.
This Double Bay bar is doing a double shift on weekends when it goes into brunch-mode once the sun comes up. On Saturdays between 11am and 4pm you can get those engines firing on bottomless Chandon Brut for $89. They channel Mediterranean vibes with the menu including slow cooked lamb, house-made hummus and beetroot tzatziki, along with freshly shucked oysters.
This late night cocktail bar transforms into a boozy breakfast haven every Saturday morning. There's a set menu with salmon blinis, bagels, shakshuka and Nutella French toast. Depending on how thirsty you are, and how hard the dog bit you, you can also choose your booze levels: a cocktail on arrival, or bottomless NV Chandon or Möet and Chandon.
This is one good looking spot for some breakfast booze, which makes their offer of bottomless (within sensible RSA reason, folks) Mimosas for $20 all the sweeter. It’s usually the classic orange juice and sparkling combo, but on lucky days you might get a blushing watermelon juice instead. Add in pretty-in-pink interiors, breakfast baguettes and well made coffee and you've got an ace way to start the weekend.