Eat, drink and play your way through Barangaroo with this ultimate guide.
Since the Barangaroo precinct first came to fruition over a year ago, this 22 hectare, $6+ billion development has evolved into a dynamic retail, cultural and financial hub. With over 75 retails and 8 streets, we went down to check it out to create the ultimate guide on where to eat, drink and play in Barangaroo.
NOLA Smokehouse and Bar
Indulge in the tastes, smells and sounds of New Orleans Louisiana at NOLA Smokehouse and Bar. With a focus on smoked meats and southern style pit roasting, you’ll want to come hungry as you eat your way through this indulgent menu. Whisky fanatics will also relish the bar, championing over 500+ American whiskies.
This contemporary Japanese restaurant is the latest instalment of Lotus Dining group. Think dark hues, velvet cushioning and sleek wooden furnishings at this 146-seater restaurant. The menu showcases some typical Japanese favourites, plus other creative additions.
Bea, Barangaroo House
Although this 180-seater restaurant situated on level two of Barangaroo House is yet to open, we anticipate great things. With Matt Moran and chef Cory Campbell at the helm, the menu will highlight native ingredients, artfully expressed with international techniques and flavours.
Bel & Brio
Those looking for a ‘one stop shop’ are strongly recommended to check out Bel & Brio. It is a marketplace, deli, eatery, wine bar and coffee shop all in one. Go for a vino, walk away with a few bottles, along with some cured meats, cheeses and groceries.
This impressive 230-seater restaurant is perched on level two at Barangaroo Avenue and can be entered via Watermans Quay. This is a restaurant, bar and late night dessert kitchen all in one. So depending on your mood or occasion there are a number of reasons to make this visit.
BóRN by Tapavino
BóRN marks Tapavino’s third venue, deriving its inspiration from the tapas bars and restaurants found in Barcelona. The menu at BóRN is impressive, travelling from a selection of cured meats, burrata cheese to decadent beef cheeks and croquettes. Score a spot in the sunshine and dabble in the wine list for the ultimate long and leisurely lunch.
Bing’s Bao and Beer
Bao buns seem to be all the rage right now, with restaurants, bars and even pubs listing them on their menu. With quite a few venues missing the mark, it’s only too pleasing to dine at Bing’s. At this casual eatery, the bao buns are exceptional, making for the ultimate lunch time treat or takeaway option for the busy corporate worker.
Wild Sage Barangaroo
When you’re onto a good thing, it only makes sense to expand. Wild Sage Barangaroo comes as the second eatery for the group, the original café situated in leafy Cammeray. Wild Sage Barangaroo offers an impressive breakfast menu, and is also open for lunch and dinner. Did we mention that they also do epic cocktails? Say hello to balmy Friday afternoons and a few aloe and coconut mojitos.
Devon Café, Barangaroo
Instagram fanatics are well accustomed to the creations to leave Devon’s bustling kitchen. Staying true to the original venue in Surry Hills, Devon Cafe in Barangaroo brings the same level of quirkiness, serving up inventive, Asian inspired dishes. Instagramers, on your marks.
With other Lotus restaurant’s situated in The Galleries and Walsh Bay, The Barangaroo addition offers a breezy interior with a clean palate and nautically inspired furnishings. The menu has a strong seafood focus, with clean and sharp flavours that will have you forgetting all about the greasy Chinese food of your childhood.
Sydneysiders love a good burger, and so when Ume Burger set up shop in Barangaroo in November 2016, people went suitably nuts. Here you’ll find innovative, high-quality burgers with a contemporary Japanese twist along with waterfront views.
Having opened the original Zushi restaurant in 2005 on Victoria Street, Darlinghurst, owners Serena and Raymond Ang have attracted a loyal customer base. Six years later they took their inner city offering Harbourside along with a slightly tweaked, equally delicious Japanese-inspired menu.
Deemed the ‘original’ rooftop bar in the precinct, United brings connotations of the tropics with its bold colours, lush greenery and vivid furniture. Kick back with tropical cocktails, colourful sharing plates as well as contemporary BBQ dishes.
Smoke, Barangaroo House
Introducing rooftop bar no. 2. Situated on the top level of Barangaroo House, Smoke is yet to open its doors, but to say we’re excited would be a massive understatement. This 150-seater bar is set to open on December 15th.
Joe & The Juice
What began as a destination bar in Copenhagen back in 2002 has now transformed into more than 130 sites worldwide. At the Barangaroo instalment, expect refreshing juices, nourishing sandwiches, shakes and freshly ground coffee.
This blow bar come regular bar is a must-visit for all you ladies and gents looking to beautify yourselves, with a tipple in hand! At Blown Lux, choose from a variety of blow dry options, dos and braids. You can also opt to get your makeup done. A visit to Blown Lux wouldn’t be complete without dabbling in the fully stocked bar, accompanied with bar snacks.
It’s safe to assume that the corporate crowd down at Barangaroo are on the whole, time poor. Thankfully, getting your nails styled doesn’t require a dash to the CBD, with the opening of California Nails. Here, you can get everything from the your standard manicure and pedicure, Shellac, nail art as well as waxing and lash tints.
The Space Studio
The Space Studio encourages one and all to calm the mind and strengthen the body, offering everything from yoga to barre, pilates and meditation. You can purchase an intro pass for $50, giving you unlimited access to the various classes on offer for 14 days. The Space Studio also facilitates 15 min and 30 min complimentary meditation classes every day, Monday to Friday.