1. Cruising Yacht Club
Young and old alike will enjoy a relaxing drink at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in Darling Point. There’s no better way to spend an afternoon than next to the quiet, peaceful waters of Sydney’s beautiful inner harbour than surrounded by the glittering yachts moored at the d’Albora Marina and seaplanes taking off from Rushcutters Bay. Indulge in the boating lifestyle without leaving the shore; the seafood bowl of battered John Dory, crumbed calamari and tempura prawns are complemented with fresh lemon and tartare sauce is a must. Shenanigans on the outdoor deck begin at sundown with jugs of rum and coke – and don’t miss a minute of the beautiful sunset over the water. Ahoy!
1 New Beach Road
Darling Point NSW 2027
2. Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel
Don’t let the fact that the name is nigh on impossible to spell put you off. Back in the day, this bar was a rough-and-ready sailor’s bar called Rockers, and although the shape and style has changed, the old pub ambiance remains. The upper level balcony seating offers breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour, the Botanical Gardens and the Finger Wharf, but you can also grab a table in front of the fireplace, the ground-floor Bistro or in the courtyard. Enjoy some old-fashioned, well-priced pub food and down one (or more) of the twenty Australian beers and ciders on tap.
2 Bourke St
Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
Fine Italian wine is the order of the day at the prestigious two-hatted fine dining restaurant specialising in Italian cuisine. A finalist in the Gourmet Traveller Wine Awards, the wine list or organised by region and rated by Gambero Rosso, the authoritative guide to Italian wines, to help you make your selection. Enjoy the million dollar view from the d’Albora Marinas over Middle Harbour and Pearly Bay as you sip your wine and enjoy the innovative culinary creations from Executive Chef Alessandro Pavoni. Benvenuto e buon appetito!
D’Albora Marinas, The Spit
Mosman NSW 2088
4. The Bar at the End of the Wharf
The Bar at the End of the Wharf is good for so much more than a pre- or post-show tipple – it’s good for anyone that enjoys quality drinks, a warehouse-style environment and free Wi-Fi. Helpful signs point the way down the (very short) wharf and suggest that you have a drink when you get there, because you deserve one. This bar does its bit for the environment with upcycled outdoor chairs and lounges, and as for entertainment, there’s a reading wall, a ping-pong table with a 90% chance that your shot will land in the water and a fierce competition to snag the coveted fireplace seats in winter. Find the white tiled kitchen and bar ideally suited to pre-show indulging or anyone who enjoys eating quickly. But take your time with your drink, because the view over the harbour deserves to be lingered over.
Pier 4/5 Hickson Rd
Walsh Bay NSW 2000
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