During his days as a judge on The Voice, Ricky Martin dispensed feedback that gave us pause for thought, such as: “How can you be so fragile and so strong at the same time?”, and “I told you to be sexy, you were sexy and a half, baby.” (No Ricky, you’re sexy and a half. Stop it.)
But we think his most sage advice to date comes from a little-known song called Livin’ La Vida Loca. In it, he describes how his bae lives the crazy life. The biggest takeaway lesson? “She never drinks the water / And makes you order French champagne”.
So hey girl, if you wanna be Ricky’s type of girl, listen up. Here’s our list of places around Sydney that serve up unlimited sparkling, rosé or cocktails (for at least a couple of hours). Plus, you’ll get matched up with a feast to soak up that booze. Drink responsibly. You’ve only got one budget, so be good to it.
Here are the best spots for bottomless drinks in Sydney.
Mimosas | Dead Ringer
There are some guidelines to Dead Ringer’s bottomless mimosas, the main one being: don’t be a jerk. Really. These peeps are serious about their responsible service of alcohol, and we salute them! You can opt-in for 1.5 hours of bottomless mimosas as part of their à la carte selection (the tomato, ricotta and caramelised onion tart is the bomb, and 90 per cent of the menu is gluten-free), or tack it onto their set brunch menu (for two hours of mimosa goodness). Either way, you’re winning the brunch thing fo shiz.
Cost: $25 / $30 pp
What you get: Mimosas for 1.5 hours with the à la carte menu, or 2 hours with the set menu
When: Saturdays and Sundays from 11am
Bellinis | The Winery
The Winery has its own champagne room, so you know they take their bellinis seriously. They have the classic peach bellini, and delicious spin-offs with lychee and raspberry. For three hours you get endless sparkling, paired with three courses of grazing goodness—cheese and salumi boards, arancini with dip and breads, and mini wine burgers with sweet potato fries…and to finish, a gelato champagne spider.
Cost: $79 pp
What you get: 3-course lunch + 3 hours of bellinis
When: Lunch, Saturdays and Sundays
Rosé & Rosé Sangria (Because, Choice) | SoCal
SoCal is all about sun, surf and southern California, and the menu matches the summery vibes. For 65 beans, you score fries, tacos, kingfish ceviche, cheese croquettes, jerk chicken salad—and your choice of rosé or rosé sangria—for two whole hours! Tip: when making your booking, opt for their terrace seating. Sunny rays and rosé, hooray!
Cost: $65 pp
What you get: Banquet + 2 hours of rosé or rosé sangria
When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday, 12–4pm
Rosé | Nomad
Nomad has been bringing the killer Mediterranean food, Australian wine list and buzzing open kitchen for a while. It probably explains why they’ve been awarded chef’s hats for four years in a row. Ergo, if they’re going to join in this bottomless lunch thing, we’re not complaining. For two hours, enjoy top-ups of their fine rosé while grazing on a feast of cannellini bean hummus with wood-fired focaccia, zucchini flowers with truffle honey, spiced cauliflower and labne, and barbecued harissa spatchock. Can it get any better than this?
Cost: $75 pp
What you get: Set menu + 2 hours of rosé
When: Saturdays from 12pm
Sparkling | Darlo Country Club
Don’t listen to Snoop—you don’t need to have a rolly on your arm to be pouring Chandon. At Darlo Country Club, the bubbly flows from 11.30am e’ry Saturday. Join the Brunch Club, and you’ll be treated to three hours of sparkling, NV Chandon or Möet, and a set menu that includes chia puddings, salmon gravlax, Brooklyn Boy bagels, and Nutella french toast. Ballers can add-on caviar for an extra $95. Make it rain.
Cost: $65/$89/$109 pp (depending on your choice of sparkling)
What you get: Set menu + 3 hours of sparkling
When: Saturdays, 11.30am
Cocktails | Since I Left You
Once a month, the good folks at inner-city cocktail bar Since I Left You hold an afternoon beats & brunch event. It kicks off at midday with an hour of bottomless cocktails, followed by their signature waffles, and a savoury main course that changes each month. Then, kick back and chill out to some funk, soul and hip-hop jams from a real, live DJ or musician. Tipples and tunes, what a combo.
Cost: $50 pp
What you get: 1 hour of bottomless cocktails (then $12 cocktails and $6 house wine/beer), followed by waffles and a main.
When: Once a month on Saturdays, 12pm
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Image credit: Caitlin Hicks