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Summer Guide: Which Sydney restaurants and bars are open this festive season break?

Bars, Cafes, Drink, Eat / December 18, 2019

Staying in town this festive break? Here’s your go-to guide of where to eat across Sydney this silly season.

It’s the most festive time of year. With Christmas Day just one week away, most of us are racing to wrap up the last pieces of work before clocking off for 2019. For those Sydneysiders staying in the city this New Year, we’ve curated your ultimate guide to what restaurants will be open in Sydney.

Acre in Spring Country Style Destination

Acre Eatery, Camperdown 

Nestled in the shared Camperdown Commons precinct (the site of the former Camperdown Bowling Club), the sustainable eatery champions locally-sourced seasonal produce.

Festive Opening Times:
Christmas Eve: Closed
Christmas Day: 12pm-5pm
Closed: 30 Dec – 1 Jan.

Regular Opening Hours:
Wed – Fri 12pm – 11pm
Sat 8am – 11pm
Sun 8am – 4pm

Bert’s Bar & Brasserie, Newport

Festive Opening Times:
Christmas Eve: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Christmas Day: Closed
Boxing Day: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
NYE: 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
NYD: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Regular Opening Hours:
Mon-Thu: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Fri-Sun: 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Bondi Icebergs Club, Bondi

From a swim in the seawater pool to a sauna, Bondi Icebergs Club is the perfect spot to recharge this festive season. Make sure to swing by the Bistro for a classic waterfront feed this summer season.

Festive Opening Times:
Christmas Eve: open until 9:30pm
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year’s Eve: open until 9:30pm
New Year’s Day: Open as usual

Regular Opening Hours:
Mon – Fri: 11am – late
Sat – Sun: 9am – late

Icebergs Dining Room, Bondi

Festive Opening Times:
Christmas Eve: Regular Trading Hours
Christmas Day: Closed
Boxing Day: Regular Trading Hours
New Year’s Eve: Dinner only
New Year’s Day: Regular Trading Hours

Regular Opening Hours:
Lunch Monday to Sunday from Midday
Dinner Monday to Sunday from 6.30pm
Brunch Every Sunday 10am to Midday

The Botanist, Kirribilli

A local neighbourhood gem, The Botanist delivers tastes from across the globe. Serving vibrant dishes with a Mediterranean flare paired, the venue boasts an impressive drinks menu of local wines, beers and seasonal cocktails.

Festive Opening Times:
Christmas Eve:  12pm- late
Christmas Day:  Closed
Boxing Day:  Closed
New Year’s Eve: 12pm – 6pm (last booking)
New Year’s Day: Closed

Regular Opening Hours:
Mon: 4pm – 12am
Tues to Sat: 12pm – 12am
Sun: 12pm – 10pm

The Butler Brunch and Brush

The Butler, Potts Point

Head to this exotic oasis this summer for panoramic views of Sydney’s city skyline accompanied by an impressive wine and cocktail list, made to be enjoyed on The Butler’s forest-like terrace.

Festive Opening Times:
Christmas Eve: 12pm – late
Christmas Day & Boxing Day: Closed
Dec 27th & Dec 28th: 12pm – late
Dec 29th: 12pm – 10pm
Dec 30th: 4pm – late
New Year’s Eve: Closed (Ticketed Event from 5pm)
New Year’s Day: Closed

Regular Opening Hours:
Mon: 4pm til 11pm
Tues to Sat: Midday to Midnight
Sun: Midday til 10pm

CicciaBella, Bondi

Festive Opening Times:
Christmas Eve: 6pm – late (kitchen closes at 10pm)
Christmas Day: Closed
Boxing Day: 6pm – late (kitchen closes at 10pm)
New Year’s Eve: 6pm – late (kitchen closes at 10pm)
New Year’s Day: Closed

Regular Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri from 6pm
Sat-Sun from 12pm

Coogee Pavilion, Coogee

Ground Floor

Festive Opening Times:
Christmas Day: Closed
Boxing Day: 7:30am – 12am
New Year’s Day: 7:30am – 12pm

Regular Opening Hours:
Mon-Thu, Sun: 7:30 am – 12:00 am
Fri, Sat: 7:30 am – until late

Rooftop

Festive Opening Times:
Christmas Day: Closed
Boxing Day: 12pm – 12am
New Year’s Day: 12pm – 12am

Regular Opening Hours:
Mon-Thu, Sun: 7:30 am – 12:00 am
Fri, Sat: 7:30 am – until late

The Dolphin, Surry Hills

Festive Opening Times:
Christmas Eve: Normal Trading Hours
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year’s Eve: Normal Trading Hours
New Year’s Day: 11:30am – 10pm

Regular Opening Hours:
Fri to Sat: 11:30am – midnight
Sun: 11:30am – 10pm

Endeavour Tap Rooms, The Rocks

Just a quick stroll from Circular Quay and Sydney’s iconic harbour foreshore is Endeavour Tap Rooms, the perfect spot to enjoy an award winning brew or glass of wine over meal with friends this summer.

Festive Opening Times:
Christmas Eve:  11am – Late
Christmas Day:  Closed
Boxing Day:  11am – Late
New Year’s Eve: 11am – Late
New Year’s Day: 11am – Late

Regular Opening Hours:
Mon – Thur: 11am – late
Fri & Sat: 11am – Midnight
Sun: 11am – 10pm

Harpoon Harry, Surry Hills

Festive Opening Times:
Christmas Eve: 11:30am – 12:30am
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year’s Eve: 11:30am – 12:30am
All other days: 11:30am – 3am

Regular Opening Hours:
Bar Mon to Sun: 11:30am – 3am
Kitchen Sun to Thur 11:30am – 10pm, Fri & Sat 11:30am – 11pm

Image: Megann Evans

Kuro, CBD

Nestled inside a stunning heritage building on Kent Street, Kuro brings together multiple venues under one roof, offering a layered bar and dining experience that feels quintessentially Japanese.

Festive Opening Times:
Christmas Eve: special Christmas menu (lunch & dinner)
Christmas Day to Jan 6th: Closed

Regular Opening Hours:
Brew Bar: Mon to Fri – 8 am to 3:30 pm
Kuro Dining: Mon to Thur – 6 pm till late, Fri and Sat – 5:30 pm till late
Kuro Bar: Mon to Sat – 4:30 pm till late

4 Pines Venues, Sydney

4 Pines BrewPub, Manly

Festive Opening Times:
24th Dec: 11am – midnight
25th Dec: closed
26th Dec: 12pm – 11pm
27th to 30th Dec: 11am til late
31st Dec: 11am – 9pm
1st Jan: 12pm – 10pm

4 Pines Truck Bar, Brookvale

24th Dec: 12pm – 8pm
25th Dec: Closed
26th Dec: 12pm – 8pm
27th Dec: 4pm – 10pm
28th & 29th Dec: 12pm – 10pm
30th Dec: 4pm – 10pm
31st Dec: 12pm – 5pm
1st Jan: closed

4 Pines Public House, Newport

24th Dec: 12pm – 11pm
25th Dec: Closed
26th Dec: 12pm – 10pm
27th to 29th Dec: 12pm til  late
30th Dec: Closed
31st Dec: 4pm – 10pm
1st Jan: 4pm – 11pm

Manly Wine, Manly

Festive Opening Times:
Open Dec 23 to Jan 6th – normal trading hours

Regular Opening Hours:
Mon to Sun: 7am – late

Mr. Wong, CBD

Festive Opening Times:
Christmas Eve: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Christmas Day: Closed
Boxing Day: 11:30am – 10pm
New Year’s Day: 11:30am – 10pm

Regular Opening Hours:
Mon-Wed: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Thu, Fri: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 5:30 pm – 12:00 am
Sat: 10:30 am – 3:00 pm, 5:30 pm – 12:00 am
Sun: 10:30 am – 3:00 pm, 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Q Dining, Circular Quay

Enjoy the best of modern Australian cuisine at Q Dining, the Australiana-inspired oasis overlooking the sparkling harbour in the heart of Circular Quay.

Festive Opening Times:
Christmas Eve: Breakfast Service Only
Christmas Day: Lunch Service Only
Boxing Day: Breakfast Service Only
New Year’s Eve: Dinner Service Only
New Year’s Day: Breakfast Service Only

Regular Opening Hours:
Breakfast: 7am to 11am daily
Lunch: Mon to Sun, 12pm – 3pm (last seating)
Dinner: Mon to Sat, 5:30pm – 9:30pm

Quick Brown Fox Eatery, Pyrmont

Festive Opening Times:
Christmas Eve: 6am – 4pm
Christmas Day: Closed
Boxing Day: Closed
New Year’s Eve: 6am – 4pm
New Year’s Day: Closed

Regular Opening Hours:
Mon to Fri: 6am – 4pm
Sat to Sun: 7am – 3pm

Whats Open New Year 2019

Tayim, The Rocks

Set within the historic Harbour Rocks Hotel, Tayim unites the best of Middle Eastern cuisine with sustainable Australian produce, delivering bold, exotic share plates in a contemporary dining room space.

Festive Opening Times:
Christmas Eve: Open as Usual
Christmas Day: Lunch Service Only
Boxing Day: Closed
New Year’s Eve: Dinner Only
New Year’s Day: Closed

Regular Opening Hours:
Lunch Tues – Sat: 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Dinner Tues – Thur: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Dinner Fri – Sat: 5:00pm – Late

The Collaroy

Festive Opening Times:
Christmas Eve:  7.30am to 12.00am
Christmas Day: Closed
Boxing Day: Closed
Dec 27th to 30th: Regular Trading Hours
New Year’s Eve: 7.30am – 2am
New Year’s Day: 12pm – 11pm (Kiosk from 7:30am)

Regular Opening Hours:
Mon – Thurs 7.30am – 12.00am
Fri & Sat – 7.30am – 3am
Sun 7.30am – 11pm

The Newport

Festive Opening Times:
Christmas Eve: 9:00 am – 12:00 am
Christmas Day: Closed
Boxing Day: 9:00 am – 12:00 am
NYE: 9:00 am – 2:00 am
NYD: 9:00 am – 11:00 pm

Regular Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 9:30 am – 12:00 am
Sat: 9:00 am – 12:00 am
Sun: 9:00 am – 11:00 pm

Totti’s Bondi

Festive Opening Times:
Christmas Eve: 11:30 am – 12:00 am
Christmas Day: Closed
Boxing Day: 11:30am – 10pm
New Year’s Day: 11:30am – 10pm

Regular Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 11:30 am – 12:00 am
Sun: 11:30 am – 10:00 pm

The Winery, Surry Hills

Festive Opening Times:
Open Dec 23 to Jan 6th – normal trading hours

Regular Opening Hours:
Mon to Sun: 12pm to 12am

United, Barangaroo

Festive Opening Times:
Christmas Eve: 12pm to late
Christmas Day: Closed
Boxing Day: Closed
Dec 27th to Jan 6th: 12pm to late

Regular Opening Hours:
Mon to Sat: 12pm to late
Sun: 11am to late

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