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Ah Mondays… It’s the night that most of us try to stay in, save money, and undertake our own form of penance for the weekend’s shenanigans. But then again winners never quit and some places are all about celebrating the start of the week with a few drinks and some good food.
Who says everything is closed on a Monday? Not these Sydney restaurants and bars!
Start the week on a positive note with an entire menu of ethically produced pork and craft beer. As the weather gets colder, nothing beats a hunk of porcine (often slow cooked in cider or ale) served with a side of stewed beans and enjoyed in a relaxed dining space located in the former Red Lantern site. It’s basically a carnivorous delight! If you’re a hospo worker, you’ll be delighted to hear that the Pork’d team are supporting their fellow workers and offering a complementary craft beer with every piggy plate, and $5 beers thereafter, on Mondays and Tuesdays. Win!
If you’re in the mood for funky French colonial adornments, or if you think your Monday night calls for a casual wok-fried five spice quail, then Red Lantern on Riley is the place to be. Head in for Magic Mondays, where you’ll score a complementary dish of chilli salted squid with each booking, and a front-row seat to the antics of Sydney magician Trace of Magic. How can you say no to that!?
These guys are well-known for their solid wine list, so there are certainly drinks to be had. You could even head into the adjoining Red Lily for some just-because-we-survived-Monday cocktails.
Nothing raises the spirits and chases away the Monday blues better than a basement bar serving about 360 different types of whiskey and manned by staff that really know about each and every one. There are also free pretzels, jazz music blaring and a rather impressive list of cocktails at this underground CBD bar.
The food served at this North Sydney eatery is both moreish (in the sense that it’s pretty tasty) and Moorish (with a menu full of North African delicacies). The menu is a delicious combination of Tunisian, Moroccan and Spanish dishes that can be shared in a group or hoed into alone in any one of the pokey dining spaces within.
House of Crabs
If you feel like getting messy with bags full of crustaceans and cans of Pistonhead Kustom then this Louisiana crab boil located upstairs at The Norfolk is for you. It’s garish and over the top in a way the Drink ’n’ Dine Group (The Forresters, Queenies, The Oxford Tavern) do best and it would be a prodigious nightmare paved with cheap and tacky nautica were it not for the fact the crabs in this house are just so bloody delicious.
Macleay Street Bistro
‘The Paris of Sydney’ is in full swing on a Monday night and Macleay Street Bistro is at the epicentre of it all. You could “be good” after the weekend, or you could continue overindulging by ordering a full three-course feast from the French-inspired menu (the latter is wayyy more fun). Tuesday seems like a much better day to start the diet, anyway.
The Greens North Sydney
This bowling club bistro is all about tasty fare in a casual space. There’s a range of smaller plates featuring delicate bites like oxtail croquettes and house cured ocean trout, or you can grab some heartier fare in the form of wagyu beef burgers and blue swimmer crab spaghetti. There’s also a range of fun cocktails, including something called a watermelon kegger, for anyone looking to make Monday night a party.
The Royal Albert Hotel
This crafty little corner bar in Surry Hills serves craft beer alongside some rather delicious burgers and hot dogs. Monday promises any burger or dog with a can of beer for $15 (lunch or dinner), so hop to it because a royale with cheese or a Fat Albert hot dog have been scientifically proven to chase away Mondayitis.
It’s all about the cocktails at this Darlinghurst bar, with a list of charmingly-named mixes that include frozen bourbon milk sundaes and rosehip-infused gin. The food at Hinky Dinks includes burgers and dogs, soft tacos, chips and popcorn chicken, all of which is best enjoyed at the retro bar or sprawled across a leather buffet.
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