Greasy or healthy, filling or light, it doesn't matter what you like to stock up on while out on the town, because we've covered all the bases. Extensive wine lists, multitudes of local beers, and audacious cocktails are nothing without a little snack to accompany them, and we've found the best of the best, perfect for the midnight munchies.
Here are our picks for where to find the best bar food in Sydney.
Miss Peaches Soul Food Kitchen
When picturing soul food, you're going to expect something hearty, warming, and absolutely delicious. Miss Peaches certainly delivers on the promise, with the Chili Dog Po' Boy (including chorizo and generous helpings of cheese) providing the perfect thing to munch on while you guzzle your micro brew. For the chili averse, the sarsaparilla-glazed fried chicken is a certified winner and diet destroyer. Make sure you arrive hungry!
Designed to share with fellow fine-dining aficionados, the Assembly Bar's menu will have you salivating before the night has even begun. The pork and pistachio terrine will fill you up nicely, as will the chicken liver parfait, which is to die for. Pair a share plate with the Corpse Reviver cocktail and your weekend celebrations will begin with a bang!
An absolute staple on the Surry Hills scene, Nomad prides itself on its in-house pickling and curing—and with good reason. Along with a special treat from their wine list, grab some goat's cheese churros with truffle honey for a messy snack for two, or opt for the barbequed chicken with cauliflower, pine nuts, and goat's curd for larger groups looking for a more substantial snack.
Although most of the bars included here offer sliders to the drunk and merry, no one does them like The Botanist. Vegetarians need not apply here, as your choice of sangas is limited to beef and cheese, pork and cider, or southern fried chicken with sweet corn slaw. Sauce will dribble everywhere and half the contents will inevitably spill from your hands, but sliders weren't meant to be pretty. We say, embrace the mess!
Bondi Hardware approach their bar menu with a party in mind. Bring your mates and order the warming lamb ragout with polenta chips for a winter filler, or share a stack of pancakes with some non-traditional toppings like pork belly, because, YUM.
Ester Restaurant & Bar
Ester serves up some of the best bar food in Sydney, so chips and a bottle of sauce are nowhere to be seen in this prime dining spot in the 'dale. For a seafood feast, give the wood-fire oven-roasted oysters with horseradish mignonette a go, followed by the octopus with onion in chorizo oil. For the rest of winter, Ester will be open for long lunches on Sundays and, with a couple of drinks in hand, these bar snacks will have you questioning why people even bother with nuts and chips anymore.
Raucous groups in need of a damn fine cocktail need to direct their pub-crawls to this little gem in the city. This is a place where you can get a little taste of Asia along with your sake or Yuzu Slushee and it'd be a crime to go past the mini banh mi or grilled corn on the cob. But who said a bar snack can't be the sweet and fabulous Dirty Passion from Ms G's? Coconut sticky rice done right (with a generous serve of sorbet) is always going to hit the spot. Mix it up and try something different—you'll be thanking us later.
Mary's is a no fuss and no frills rustic Sydney bar solely focused on delivering damn fine food (and drinks), and if there's anything we can recommend, it's the burgers. You honestly can't go past the Mary's burger, and while it might be a bit larger than your average bar snack because of its positively ginormous size, but, we're going to let it slide. It's messy, tasty, and an absolutely delicious, so eat up with no regrets.
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