Sydney has some amazing bars and restaurants, it was difficult narrowing them down to the Top 5 Best Bars in Sydney. These venues have proven to be the most popular amongst Clipp customers in our beautiful city.
Donny’s brings New York to Manly. This loft-like bar has an industrial feel to it – the concrete floors, exposed brick and bar made out of railway sleepers reinforces that first impression. The drinks are served in jars but don’t let this put you off as the bartenders are top class, churning out cocktails with alarming regularity. A favourite cocktail of ours is the Sinatra – gin, vermouth and pomegranate – continuing the New York theme.
This intimate venue can get pretty crowded but has an upstairs dining room if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle with a spiral staircase leading up (there are larger stairs at the back if you don’t fancy a death defying toddle after a few too many drinks.) The food is arguably even better than their drinks, one customer was heard offering their firstborn for another bite of the Grilled Scotch Fillet.
With live bands getting the crowd in the mood, a relaxed atmosphere and an impressive drinks menu you could be excused for not wanting to leave.
Donny’s is the perfect place for catching up with mates over a drink and food, or taking that special someone out – they are sure to be impressed by your choice.
Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and… drinks, York Trading & Co caters to everyone’s needs and does it exceptionally well. With nothing over $30, this is not only great value in Sydney’s CBD, but a stylish choice for dinner (and breakfast, lunch and drinks!).
Breakfast is a treat at York Trading & Co. They don’t focus on sweet breakfasts instead going for filling meals that will get you ready for the rest of the day, the ham omelette and breakfast wrap standing out from the others. Campos Coffee is served all day – does anything else need to be said?
The brilliantly named YT&CO Pharmaceutical Stimulant is one of the many great cocktails available for the late night crowd, along with a fantastic selection of canapes – lime & garlic prawns!! Their wine selection comes from all around the world stretching from our closest neighbours, New Zealand all the way to South Africa, France, Spain and Germany.
A great choice to go for drinks, to catch up with mates or even for a first date. We’re looking at you, Tinder users.
This one is cheating a little, as there is eight Bavarian Bier Cafes in New South Wales and two in Queensland. Each of them is very cool in its own unique way – Parramatta Bavarian Bier Cafe is inside a restored historic church and York Street is in a classic Art Deco buidling. With a large selection of German Beer (Bier) and hearty meals, the Bavarian Bier Cafe specialises in indulgence, it took all our self-will not to lean back in the chair and undo the top button on our jeans with a sigh of contentment. Fortunately, the Bavarian Bier Cafe now does take away options as well as healthy salads, so you can do just that.
The food menu has options for classic German fare including schnitzels, sausages and pretzels and also more modern meals if you are more interested in Wagyu beef or spaghetti. If you are after beer then the Bavarian Bier Cafe is the place to be, they serve a selection of classic Bavarian Beers as well as their own special Bavarian Craft beers – our choice would be the Hop Dock Wheat Beer, a toffee ad banana flavoured beer that is $21.50 for a 1 litre stein.
The Bavarian Bier Cafe can hold up to 300 people making the place to be for corporate functions or just catching up with friends over a stein or two.
When a restaurant has locations in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, it’s pretty obvious that they are doing something right. Serving up traditional Japanese meals with a modern twist, Sake has the people salivating. The sashimi tacos are probably the best example of Sake’s brilliant fusion of old and new, east and west. The teriyaki burger balls with Wagyu beef (anything with wagyu beef) stands out on the menu along with the steamed toothfish.
Not just a restaurant, Sake also serves up inspired cocktails in the cocktail bar on Friday and Saturday nights. The Hattori Hanzo is a gin and sake mixture loaded with jalapenos, try it if you dare… Other favourites included Fukkatsu (I am the Resurrection!), Sake’s selection of Japanese Craft beer and their namesake Sake.
Sake at the Rocks is a special venue with a variety of dining options from the private dining rooms and the sunken tables to the communal dining area and sushi bar, with food this good and a drinks menu that is sure to have something to everyone’s taste, Sake is a definite must for any lover of Japanese food, take your Mum out to Sake to show her how well you are doing. Wash yourself and dress up nice, she doesn’t have to know that to pay for dinner you are living off 2 minute noodles for the rest of the week.
Riley St Garage is a bar and restaurant situated in a beautiful 1930’s building and pays homage to the parking garage and car leasing service that has occupied the space in the past. In following the trend of today, it would not be a stretch to call the decor of Riley St Garage industrial.
The oval shaped bar dominates the centre of the room and was recently featured on an advertisement for yours truly (Check out Clipp’s television ad, it’s pretty bitchin.) With an excellent drinks menu it is hard to pick one or two (or three or four) stand out drinks, the Old Maple features Canadian Maple Syrup, the Mexi-Chanic which would be epic just because of the name or the Espresso Martini which you can have three ways; tequila and mint, rum and coconut or classic with salted caramel.
The Pit Stop lunch menu is a brilliant idea giving a limited selection of food in under 30 minutes and under $20. Its perfect for a busy work day when you want quality food but have no time to get it in. Having only four options, three burgers and a pork knuckle, keeps the time needed to make a decision to a minimum.
Dinner at Riley St Garage is something that can not be recommended enough, each meal is designed to be shared which means that you can justify the $70 Riverine Ribeye, though you may not want to share it. The oysters are $4 each with three different flavours and super moreish. Riley St Garage is a place for good friends and others you don’t mind sharing food with.
Check out Riley St Garage, you won’t regret it.
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