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Waffles with carrot at Joseph Hyde
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Where to have a boozy brunch in Sydney

Ease into the weekend with a breakfast cocktail

By Time Out editors

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

1. Saint Peter

Restaurants Seafood 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. 

2. A1 Canteen

Restaurants Cafés 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. 


3. Paper Bird

Restaurants Korean 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.

4. Saga

Restaurants Cafés Enmore

You can make it a breakfast of pastries if you want, or quell a monster hangover with the high GI brekkie sanga - hash brown, extra crisp bacon, egg, cheese and barbeceu sauce on white bread. There's a little nip of bourbon in their caramel milkshake, but if you need somethig stronger they also serve a Bloody Mary, three tiers of tinnies (fancy, cheap and cider) and some simple brunch cocktails like a Campari and OJ. 

Bloody Mary at Bills Bondi
Photograph: Anna Kucera

5. Bills

Restaurants 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). 

6. Joseph Hyde

Restaurants Cafés 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.

Bloody Marys and Mimosas on a tray
Photograph: supplied

7. Dead Ringer

Bars Restaurants 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.

8. Mrs Sippy

Bars 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.


9. Darlo Country Club

Bars 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. 

10. Baby Coffee Co.

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

The best breakfasts in Sydney

Restaurants Cafés

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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