Where to have a boozy brunch in Sydney

Ease into the weekend with a breakfast cocktail
Waffles with carrot at Joseph Hyde
Photograph: Katje Ford
By Time Out editors |
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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.

Want more excellent brunch spots? Check out our guides to the 50 best cafés and Sydney's best breakfasts.

Kicking on? Head to one of Sydney's 50 best bars.

Where to have a boozy brunch in Sydney

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Hand picked crab at Saint Peter
Restaurants, Seafood

Saint Peter

icon-location-pin Paddington

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. 

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Omelette at A1 Canteen
Restaurants, Cafés

A1 Canteen

icon-location-pin Chippendale

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. 

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Fried chicken at Paper Bird
Restaurants, Korean

Paper Bird

icon-location-pin Elizabeth Bay

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.

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Bloody Mary at Bills Bondi
Photograph: Anna Kucera
Restaurants

Bills

icon-location-pin Darlinghurst

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). 

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Waffles with carrot at Joseph Hyde
Restaurants, Cafés

Joseph Hyde

icon-location-pin Potts Point

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.

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Bloody Marys and Mimosas on a tray
Photograph: supplied
Bars, Restaurants

Dead Ringer

icon-location-pin Surry Hills

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.

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Photograph: Nikki To
Restaurants

Kensington Street Social

icon-location-pin Chippendale

KSS serve up frosé cocktails and bottomless sparkling wine every weekend along with brunch favourites. You'll also find an interactive cocktail trolley, so you can customise your drinks with the help of your very own bartender.

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at Mrs Sippy
Bars

Mrs Sippy

icon-location-pin Double Bay

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.

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Darlo Country Club
Bars

Darlo Country Club

icon-location-pin Darlinghurst

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. 

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Egg roll and coffee at Baby Coffe & Co.
Restaurants, Cafés

Baby Coffee Co.

icon-location-pin Waterloo

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. 

Want more eggs?

Poached eggs at Sean's Panaroma
Photograph: Anna Kucera
Restaurants, Cafés

The best breakfasts in Sydney

The great café breakfast has earned us global cred on the morning meal front, so if you're up for a leisurely start to the day, treat yourself to one of Sydney's best breakfasts. 

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