Consider this our early Christmas present to you legends. No doubt 2017 is the year we all pledged to live our best lives (cue eating and drinking until we’re entirely comatose). So buckle down and unbuckle your pants because there’s a major line-up of newbies on the block you’ll want to treat yourself to this month.
Yep, no doubt Sydney has well and truly outdone itself for the final month of the year. Think new summer sesh staples, rooftop bars dedicated to all things rosé and smoked goods, nostalgic neighbourhood burger joints and fancy Euro restaurants.
Here are the best new openings in Sydney this December.
From the same legendary team that gave us The Greens and acre Eatery, The Fernery is everything it’s been hyped to be (and more). This rooftop rosé bar boasts a lush garden terrace bearing killer views of the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and a food and booze menu to boot. Think classic feeds from a wood-burning grill with herbs and seasoning from the outdoor garden. And just so you know, there’s also a room dedicated entirely to gin.
And just like that—Sydney scores a second rosé bar in as many days. Surely we aren’t worthy. Sydney, meet Rosé Royale. Rosé Royale, meet your biggest fans. Yep, tucked in Potts Point is the world’s first rosé wine bar and the good news is, it’s open every day for a casual wine and dine. Which basically means you can finally stop and smell rosé. Get it? And yes, the menu is as OTT as you want it to be with rosé sorbet, rosé chocolate soft serves, slushies and the likes of scallops, mussels and diamond clam seafood bisque cooked with rosé instead of white wine. Lord have mercy on us.
This gem of a place has already been a major hit in Japan and Hong Kong and we guarantee you’ll be all over the delicious goods on offer here—smoky miso ramen is well on the cards. Yep, the menu will be one helluva hot time which means buttery broths and beverages all get the flaming treatment.
You should already know Barangaroo as the newest and most delicious foodie precinct to enter Sydney town. But add a little of Matt Moran’s special hospitality flavour and it’s just upped itself to a whole other level. Think three floors of basically everything you could ever need; a bar on the ground level, a 180-seat restaurant on the second and putting the cherry on top, brace yourselves, an epic rooftop smoke bar (featuring a 400-bin wine list).
Don’t be fooled Sydney peeps, word on the street is this won’t just be your average Holey Moley affair (but we’re seriously all over their Newtown joint so we’re all for the same treatment here). This iconic mini golf bar is also bringing a Strike Bowling bar, escape room, beer garden and 80-seat cocktail bar which means you’re in for all the shenanigans and all the loaded fries, corn dogs and sliders you can stomach.
From the crew behind Grandma’s, The Wild Rover and Wilhelmina’s comes Burger Hood—the latest Sydney joint you can hit up for that sweet, sweet food coma. This buzzing neighbourhood eatery is stocked up on everything from a cold one to a good ol’ fashioned Milo milkshake (the thick and creamy kind). And you’ll be happy to know the food-front is coming in strong too with a Bloody Mary burger and free soft serves for anyone who dines in #winning.
Joe’s Sandwich Bar
‘Tis the season to eat all the tasty vegan sambos ever. You’ll want to thank the crew behind Verd for this treat because Joe’s is the pickling, slow-roasting and veggie-friendly joint taking the location once occupied by Zeitgeist. Expect Iggy’s sourdough, miso-caramel eggplant combos and smoky AF tempeh. Exactly, it’s all sorts of deliciousness here.
Subida At The Lighthouse Brigade
Oh yes, your humble pub is gifting you this Chrissy with a glorious upgrade known as Subida—the pintxos and tapas bar you’ll now be spending your Friday nights (and every other night to be honest). You’ll find all the drinks here for some tippled up time plus a raging menu featuring toasted corn with jalapeno spice and stuffed piquillo peppers with blue swimmer crab and bay leaf. We’ll just let that last one sink in for a minute.
Sydney is flying high when it comes to new pubs and adding to the already extensive and impressive line-up is Highfield Caringbah. Trust us, this one’s the whole package. Combining classic pub vibes (here’s to the 80 tellies that will screen all major sporting events) and a luxe rooftop terrace complete with fireplace, cocktail bar and living garden, these guys know how to have a bloody good time.
Say hello to the newest cafe and grocer in Sydney’s inner-west. And just so you know, this freshy is led by Kabir Sayed (former head chef of Dove & Olive) and Benjamin Terkalas (think Beejay’s Cafe). The menu here is Asian-inspired with a grocer packed to the rafters including ethical meats, juices, jams and baked goods.
Culina Et Vinum
Literally translating to ‘kitchen and wine’, we can’t help thinking Culina et Vinum just gets us. Especially when all the foodies are saying this is one helluva way to finish off the year. The arrival of this fancy European restaurant and wine bar means you’re in for what some would call a ‘palatal treat’. We’d just call it damn delicious.
Mr Watkins Bar
We mean, how can you say no a wine and cocktail bar decked out as if it were the library of a First Fleet explorer? Exactly. Mr Watkins Bar is the legendary new hangout you’ll want to get to, stat. With international hotdogs, a wine list created by a Hubert sommelier (this is a big deal) and tinnies all up for grabs, the team here are really doing Sydney-siders a serious solid. And heads up, these guys churn out a mean coffee too.
Bondi Beach Public Bar
The cool kids are naming this get-up BBPB. But all you need to be across is the fact this 300-person venue is all about 70s and 80s vibes, Southern nosh, gin and juice. If that doesn’t scream ‘staple summer sesh’, we don’t know what will.
Joe's Sandwich Bar | Image credit: Caitlin Hicks