The sheer amount of pubs in Sydney can be overwhelming. From the old school true blue Aussie pubs, to the sleek, modern gastropubs that are totally trending RN, it can be hard to find one to call your local. That is, until you come across Hotel Steyne.
On a warmer than usual Thursday, I wandered into Hotel Steyne for an afternoon beer. Next minute, it was almost midnight (don’t act like you don’t feel me). Spanning over three levels, you’ll find the main bar on the ground floor, Moonshine Bar on the second floor and The Glasshouse on the rooftop. In other words, you’ll never want to leave.
Not knowing how huge Hotel Steyne was when I arrived, I settled in for an ice cold brew in the courtyard of the main bar and drank away the afternoon. With old school pub vibes, it's the perfect place to take a group of mates for an uninterrupted chinwag.
Once my belly started grumbling, I went in search of food and the wait staff advised me there was not one, but three levels where I could get a feed. I went off to explore and found myself exactly where you’d expect—on the rooftop at The Glasshouse, oysters in hand.
With killer views of Manly beach, I ordered a cheese board (it would be rude not to), cured meat board AND more oysters, then watched the sun go down. Paired with a botanical cocktail (aka the Roris Marini made up of Archie Rose gin, grapefruit juice, cardamom and rosemary) from their very impressive gin bar, I knew immediately I would be back here A LOT come summer.
Convincing myself that I was still hungry, I headed down to the Moonshine Bar at dark to have a sneak peek of what’s known as one of best free live music venues in Sydney, and snack on one of their famous moondogs, obvs. WTF is a moondog? Think a super gourmet hot dog with house-made pulled pork, fennel, apple slaw, whole pilparras and peri peri mayo. I don’t even usually like hot dogs and I looooooved this thing. The pork was slow cooked to perfection and paired with a tinny (as suggested by the bartender), throw in some live music, and I couldn’t think of anywhere better to eat on a Thursday night.
Whether you’re popping by for a midweek drink, having a Sunday sesh with your whole squad or after your live music fix, put Hotel Steyne at the top of your list.
Image credit: Claudia Shuemli