You know those days when you need a lazy lunch fix and it just won’t be satisfying without a glass of wine (or three) to accompany it? They’re the best kind of lunches in our opinion, so we’ve compiled a list of the best booze-filled lunches in Sydney to get you on board the midday drinking train (in moderation of course).
If you want the best tasting booze to accompany your food then Pei Modern have you covered. Their wine list is fresh and is a perfect match to the menu, whether it is a classic glass of Aussie red with a T-bone steak or a lighter match to some ricotta dumplings with wild mushrooms. The whole list is impressive so you can have some wine to accompany your meal, or if you’re feeling up for it, some food to accompany your wine. Hint: the bar snack menu is also epic, so if you are in the mood for a lighter lunch then just plant yourself there for access to #allthewine.
When it’s all about food, booze, and views, Potts Point restaurant The Butler is the place to be. Sharing is caring, so order plenty to line your stomach and don’t skimp on the cocktails. If it’s lunch for two, the grilled octopus with white beans and sherry vinegar is a great opening number, and perfectly paired with a bottle of Piper Heidsieck on a special occasion. For the groups, it’s all about the banquet menu, with everything from Caribbean short ribs with cornbread, and a whole roast chicken. Wash it all down with one of their three famous espresso martinis and take it all in. Did we mention The Butler is also one of the best Sydney restaurants to dine with a view? With stunning views of the Domain and CBD skyline, there isn’t a better place to get your long, lazy, boozy lunch on.
A sunny weekend day calls for a long lunch, and what a better place to spend it than by the beach? Speedos Café has the views, the food and the drinks to match to make for a perfect afternoon in Bondi. Their ‘clean’ menu is not only healthy, but delicious too, so order a plate of seared salmon and zucchini noodles and don’t feel guilty about that second glass of pinot grigio.
Oh Sydney CBD, how you spoil us for choice. An excellent option has to be the ultra cool, Industrial style space that is Bowery Lane. You’ve got your pick of something light in the creamy heaven of la stella burrata, or something substantial like the dry aged Riverina black Angus rib eye on the bone. Pair these guys with a few cocktails (the salted maple old fashioned is every bit as good as it sounds), or crack open a bottle of red and ease your way into a delicious afternoon.
If cocktails have been on your mind lately then head to Gazebo and delve into their extensive range of drinks alongside your potato ravioli or cauliflower pizza. There’s pisco sours on tap, or a good ol’ mug of Pimms with berries to start things off. If you’re undecided just ask for a recommendation and your meal will be taken to the next level of goodness with a glass of wine.
The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay
Seafood and wine seems to be a match made in heaven, and it’s all the more delicious when eaten at The Boathouse. Why not start with salmon sashimi and follow with roast barramundi and hand cut chips? Pair it with a classic bellini or choose from their long list of wines from all over the globe and just enjoy the moment looking toward the bustle of the city.
Whether you’re indulging in perfectly formed baked gnocchi or roasted duck with caramelised pears, you can’t go past Jonah’s restaurant for the best views + food + drinks combo to turn the heat up on your boozy lunch. With 1,500 wines to choose from along with an extensive range of cocktails and spirits, there’s certainly something to give you those happy vibes.
There’s something about rooftop bars that just make dining and drinking even more enjoyable, and Taylor’s is no exception. In this case it’s so appropriate to start lunch with a cocktail, and we’re eyeing off the Hedonism: Tanqueray and pear liqueur over muddled cucumber and pear. Or if you’re in the mood for sharing, the sangria jug is calling your name. Bite into some salt and pepper calamari before delving into char grilled ocean trout for lunch and you’ll be one happy camper.
Woolwich Pier Hotel
A British bistro style menu takes over at Woolwich Pier Hotel, meaning the food is hearty, warm and delicious (and served with classic cocktail jugs to make it even better!). From hearty club sandwiches to lobster spaghetti and a chocolate and earl grey tea mousse for dessert, this Woolwich eatery sure has got our stomachs rumbling. Head here for a Sunday acoustic session with their signature roast from 12pm for the ultimate midday feast (add a cider and you can count us in!).
Fancy a fancy lunch? Dunbar House has you sorted. Their monthly changing menu features the best of Australian seafood and fresh produce, like the risotto of the sea with herb salad. Try the zucchini flowers for something a little different that you certainly won’t regret. But even more impressive than the location and food is the extensive wine list that will ensure your afternoon finishes perfectly—talk about #goals.
Fish At The Rocks
Crack open a bottle of wine and prepare yourselves for a long afternoon of booze, food and a happy belly at Fish At The Rocks. Enjoy a tray of Sydney rock oysters and tuck into some roast pumpkin ravioli and don’t forget to explore the dessert options (or dessert wines if you wish). This one’s taking the food baby to the next level, and we’re in.
Surry Hills have done it again, housing some of the best eateries us Sydneysiders could ever want. If the rustic wine vats don’t give away their love for bottled goodness then we’re here to tell you that the wine list is as delicious as it seems. The more the merrier is the perfect term to describe a boozy, long lunch and Nomad makes it easy with a large share plate menu including goat’s cheese churros with truffle honey and slow roasted lamb. How could you resist?
Image credit: Frederica Portentoso at Dunbar House