Get out and about this spring at the best new Sydney venues.
Sydney’s hospitality industry has proved incredibly resilient during 2020, and these new openings are a testament to that. From casual wine bars to Middle Eastern charcoal chicken joints, discover the best new Sydney venues to add to your bucket list.
Above Par is the brainchild of Turkish-natives Topuzlu and Sefkatli who both grew up in Istanbul and met in Sydney. Wanting to bring affordable Middle Eastern eats to the heart of the Sydney’s CBD, this proves the pair’s first joint restaurant venture (bringing together their extensive experience across venues such as The Factory Grind, Four Seasons, Hyatt and Marriott across Sydney). Find out more here.
Meet Atomic Beer Project, the newly opened venue from the crew behind WA’s Gage Roads Brewing Co. Finding its home in Redfern, this new venue is a microbrewery, brewpub, co-working space and Pan-Asian restaurant. Find out more here.
Straddling the border between Redfern and Surry Hills, Arms Length finds its home in a bustling area of the inner city. At this friendly neighbourhood spot, expect a wine bar-style menu of share plates and a few substantial options. Find out more here.
If you’re looking for some of the best-baked treats Sydney has to offer, make sure to swing by the exciting new CBD opening, Banksia Bakehouse. Set at 225 George Street (in Grosvenor Place located blow Rosetta by Neil Perry), Banksia Bakehouse hopes to be the city’s go-to cakes store with a selection of sweet and savory baked goods on offer. Find out more here.
Meet Borrachos, the new taco-slinging Mexican cantina located inside Leichhardt’s Crowbar. This new spot delivers top-notch authentic Tijuana-style tacos, crafted using hand-pressed tortillas. In fact, everything served at Borrachos has been made from scratch in-house using fresh, seasonal ingredients. Find out more here.
Swinging open its doors on October 27th, Esteban is the second venue for the Atticus Hospitality Group. Finding its home inside an old printing shop, expect an innovative menu of authentic Mexican dishes to take you from street-food inspired bites all the way to larger share plates. Find out more here.
Finding it’s home in a converted industrial unit in St Leonards, Finders Distillery is headed up by Aussie duo Kyle and Georgia. After successful careers in engineering and fashion, the pair decided to make a dramatic change in 2016 by resigning from their jobs, selling almost everything they owned and set off for a 2 year round the world trip. During their adventures abroad, the pair found themselves drawn to distilleries and local produce, which is where the idea for Finders Distillery was born. Find out more here.
This beloved local watering hole has reopened following a $1.5 million renovation. Earlier this year, the team from the Applejack hospitality group (responsible for the likes of The Botanist, SoCal, The Butler, Bopp & Tone, and more) took ownership of the Forrester’s. They wanted to deliver a community-focused pub with a trio of drinking and dining spaces housed within the one venue. Find out more about this exciting reopening here.
For Crows Nest locals Jakob Overduin and James Knight, opening a Cognac-fuelled bar in the suburb felt like a natural decision. The pair are co-owners of local creative advertising agency The Shed Agency, and now the duo behind Crows Nest’s newest small bar, Hendriks Cognac & Wine (both of which occupy the same building at 29 Holtermann Street). Find out more here.
Henrietta is the new Middle Eastern-inspired charcoal chicken eatery landing in the heart of Surry Hills. Swinging open its doors in early July, Henrietta is the latest project from sister venue Nour (in fact, the venues are located right next door to each other on Crown Street). Finding its home in the space formerly occupied by Pizza E Birra, the spot is owned and operated by Ibby Moubadder and Jorge Farah. Find out more here.
Meet Mountain Goat Newtown, the first Sydney brewpub from this established Melbourne craft brewery. In fact, Mountain Goat is one of Victoria’s first craft breweries and has been slinging delicious craft brews from their inner-Melbourne brew pub for over 20 years. Find out more here.
The story behind Nighthawk’s first brick-and-mortar outpost began in the thick of COVID restrictions. With bookings canceled and their trucks parked, the team started a ghost kitchen in Alexandria to keep their business going. Now, they’ve complete a big reno on the space to create a dedicated spot for dine-in lunch and dinner as well as takeaway eats. Find out more here.
Say hello to Pilgrims Bronte, the new vegetarian cafe that has swung open its doors in recent weeks. Well-traveled foodies will probably be familiar with the name. In fact, the spot was opened by eastern suburbs locals Ashlea, Jade and Ben Quigley, along with their partners Nick Bardetta, Luke Stewart and Deb Quigley, all of whom were big fans of Pilgrims Milton (a long-standing coastal diner). Find out more here.
For over 12 years, the site was home to Neutral Bay’s beloved wine bar Firefly. The spot was frequented by guests looking for a delicious drink and eats, and sadly closed its doors earlier this year. But now, the space is home to an exciting new dining concept: Pocket Pita Pop Up. Find out more here.
Meet LILYMU, a contemporary pan-Asian restaurant now open in Parramatta Square. This new dining room, created by the crew from Nour and Henriettas, is combining influences from China and South East Asia with an innovative Asian-inspired menu. Find out more here.
Meet Mary’s On Top – the new rooftop bar-meets-restaurant opening atop the historic Lansdowne Hotel. Expect a raw, no-frills beer and burger bar serving up both the Mary’s meat and vegan alternatives on the rooftop overlooking our glorious city. Find out more here.
It’s not hard to spot Meu Jardim, located down Skittle Lane in the heart of the CBD. This glowing futuristic oasis looks like a scene straight out of Blade Runner, with the restaurant aglow with neon lights and glossy white pearl finishes. The venue is the latest project from restauranteur Ussi Moniz Da Silva, helping to bring this epic $4.1 million fit-out to life. Find out more here.
Introducing The Mayflower, a new luxe cafe that has just landed in the heart of Darlinghurst. If you’re searching for a beautiful dining experience, look no further than this luxe new spot. The Mayflower finds its home inside a converted 90s Art Deco space (once home to a florist), which has now been lovingly renovated into a lush cafe setting. Find out more here.
While not exactly a new opening, we couldn’t help but share the news that NOMAD is returning to its original Surry Hills location this spring. Find out more here.
The crew from Golden Gully have taken over the ex-Redfern Continental digs, opening a gastropub, cocktail lounge and dining room. Find out more here.
While a visit to California’s Palm Springs may be off the cards for 2020, step foot on the deck of the Longueville Hotel’s Villa, and the fun, tropical holiday vibes will transport you there. The popular outdoor terrace underwent a glamorous facelift earlier this year, and it’s well worth a visit. Find out more here.