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.
Where to have a boozy brunch in Sydney
It's a fact: Sydney loves brunch more than it loves Gordons Bay or waiting in queues or Espresso Martinis, so when we heard that the legends from hip-hop pasta joint ACME were extending their hours to open for brunch we took it as a sign that the universe still loves us. They are doing an Asian-influenced set menu between 11am and 2.30pm on Saturdays, with three savoury mains followed by a sweet dessert to finish for just $50 a head. The rest of your dollars you can leave with the talented barkeeps here.
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.
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 corriander 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).
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 one of the two bottomless beverage options ($99 or $140 for Veuve). The menu includes two courses, of which you choose from a soaked chia seed and youghurt number; DIY smoked trout blini stack; brunch pizza with prosciutto, egg, heirloom tomato, ricotta, chilli charred greens fresh basil; and pancakes with soft and sweet rhubarb.
This Surry Hills restaurant-bar hybrid is now doing brunch. 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 just $20.
They're focusing on a short and sweet breakfast menu here – think English muffins with scrambled eggs and leg ham; a breakfast doughnut filled with grilled peaches and ricotta; and of course avo on toast. You'll also find coffee from Will and Co. You can also make your breakfast a party starter by ordering a mimosa, a vodka-spiked pineapple and mint juice or a coffee cocktail.