Restaurants

Bring On The Good Vibes, Mary’s Brand New Rooftop Venue Is Here

By Sammy Preston
3rd Jun 2020

Mary's founders Jake Smyth and Kenny Graham stand outside the Lansdowne Hotel in Chippendale in Sydney.
Mary's founders Jake Smyth and Kenny Graham.
A pile of Mary's Burgers and fries.
The now-iconic Mary's burger, made vegan.
Mary's founders Jake Smyth and Kenny Graham in The Lansdowne hotel.
Mary's founders Jake Smyth and Kenny Graham stand outside the Lansdowne Hotel in Chippendale in Sydney.
Mary's founders Jake Smyth and Kenny Graham.
A pile of Mary's Burgers and fries.
The now-iconic Mary's burger, made vegan.
Mary's founders Jake Smyth and Kenny Graham in The Lansdowne hotel.

Along with a big hit of sunshine dazzling Sydney this morning—we are here to bring you some downright epic news.

Just when you thought Mary’s had already given us all the culture, burgers and vibes we could handle, they’ve gone and outdone themselves (again). Tomorrow, Mary’s founders Jake Smyth and Kenny Graham will open Mary’s On Top—a sky-high Mary’s spinoff serving burgers, vegan burgers, beers, wine, sunshine and all the good stuff we love these guys for.

You’ll find Mary’s On Top on the roof of the Lansdowne Hotel, making it the final piece of the puzzle for Smyth and Graham’s restoration of the sprawling Chippendale pub.

While the guys had originally planned a spring opening, they decided to bring Mary’s On Top forward, and honestly—we think it’s just what Sydney needs right now.

“Mary's On Top is literally our shining light,” Graham told us yesterday on the decision to open sooner than planned.

“Like a solar panel that pumps life into the Lansdowne whilst its rooms remain empty. Without live music, The Lansdowne's energy is arrested. Mary's On Top allows us to slowly start the blood pumping again, and really send that message home that the Lansdowne is well and truly part of the Mary's family.”

"It's always been sitting there, taunting us with its proximity and promise," adds Smyth. "Now with the world gone crazy, we figured we would match that craziness by opening a fucking venue in the midst of the COVID mess.”

As for what's on the menu at Mary's On Top—it's all the tried and true Mary's faves, plus their vegan counterparts (the Mary's Burger, Cheeseburger, Cauliflower burger, half chook, mash and gravy—the works). Beers and wine will follow Mary's typical natural and local bent. 

Will we ever see The Lansdowne's roster of gigs shift to the roof? "That's all up to the beautiful people at Sydney City Council!" Graham says. "Currently permissions do not allow that. Perhaps we'll just keep sending them a link to that last ever Beatles show on that rooftop until they get the hint."

And to really, truly top things off, in solidarity with widespread salary cuts, Mary's is celebrating the launch by dropping 30% off food at all of the Sydney and Melbourne venues from Thursday 4 June to Wednesday 10 June (that's Newtown, Circular Quay, Castlereagh St, Melbourne and Mary’s On Top, and for dine-in and takeaway on Deliveroo). 

“This is about celebrating what we have to share with a world sorely in need of a good time,” Smyth says.

“We have a lot of sun in Sydney, we have a fucking rooftop, and we have the best fucking burgers in the world. Put them together with some beer or a bottle of vino, and we aren’t solving the crisis—but we might just stick a smile on some our staff and our punters at the same time.”

Cheers to that. 

Mary's On Top will open on Thursday 4 June, and will be open Thursday through Sunday, midday - 10pm. It is a weather dependent venue, so you'll need to keep an eye on Mary's socials and website for updates and opening hours. 

To see which other Sydney restaurants, bars and cafes are currently open for dine-in, jump over here

Image credit: Mary's and James Adams for Urban List Sydney

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