First Impressions: El Camino Cantina – The Rocks (Sydney)

There have been some big changes over at Urban Purveyor Group as of late, particularly to their mega-venue The Argyle which has waved goodbye to acclaimed neighbour Ananas Bar & Brasserie while the French restaurant has made the leap over to a bigger space near Darling Harbour. To fill the void Ananas have left, Urban Purveyor Group have completely transformed the space for an elegant French restaurant into a neon-lit, slightly grungy Tex-Mex party bar and restaurant by the name of El Camino Cantina. It’s exciting, ostentatious, and flows seamlessly into the Argyle’s historic courtyard, bringing in a brand new perspective to the precinct.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Bar Chinois – Chippendale (Sydney)

Bar Chinois has brought an interesting fusion of Asian and French flavours as the very first small bar-cafe to hit the ever-evolving Kensington Street precinct in Chippendale. Shaped into a double terrace near the entrance of hawker-style food court Spice Alley, the new venue stands bathed in a sultry glow which reflects off the homely front in a spectacular fashion, making way for an impressive entry as the gorgeous fit-out is apparent the moment you step through that casual entrance. As far as looks go, Bar Chinois is a winner; the small space is utilised incredibly well with cosy booths and hidden private areas upstairs.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Blu Bar on 36 at Shangri-La Hotel – The Rocks (Sydney)

To truly take in the many incredible perspectives available to us in Sydney it’s necessary to scout around The Rocks, Walsh Bay, and similar areas to find the various vantage points that are unique to this city. Blu Bar on 36 springs to mind when thinking about these vantage points, a long-standing bar 36 floors high up in the sky on top of the luxe Shangri-La Hotel. The premium cocktail bar has recently seen a few changes, driven by mixologist Art Palomata who has switched up the menu to put some new creations alongside the bar’s signatures, making full use of what he refers to as “liquid physics” to add a little bit of theatre to the already spectacular atmosphere that’s elevated by that priceless panoramic view. ... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Beer DeLuxe – King Street Wharf (Sydney)

After firmly establishing themselves as the destination for craft beer lovers in Melbourne and Victoria, it’s with great excitement that the Beer DeLuxe brand was welcomed to Sydney last year, locating themselves right by the water at King Street Wharf (between Cargo Bar and Barangaroo) and setting up with their cosy, up-scale pub vibe complemented by bright astro-turf and a smart design that rolls on to the second floor with plush couches and a million dollar view. This is very much a big step for the Beer DeLuxe team and it’s obvious that they aren’t taking the opportunity lightly.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Grain Bar at Four Seasons – The Rocks (Sydney)

Four Seasons is one of the most recognised luxury accommodation properties in all of Sydney, and with them now housing Mark Best’s acclaimed Pei Modern, it makes sense for them to up their game when it comes to their Whisky-loving Grain. Situated off George Street and right near The Rocks, the warm, welcoming bar has become one of the city’s most well-stocked and well-known Whisky bars, with a strong focus on both single malts and blends from around the world and local, dedicated to growing their collection which is already 180 deep. ... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Barrio Cellar’s Mexican Banquet – CBD (Sydney)

Barrio Cellar, near the corner of Martin Place and Elizabeth Street, is unarguably one of the best late-night bar and diners in the area; an underground hub of Tequila, Mezcal, and Mexican eats that keeps drawing people in like flies unable to tempt the bright red neon “Everything with Tequila” sign which greets you before you head down that spiraling staircase. Descending to this hot spot for a lively drinking session any day of the week has been a popular option for Sydneysiders and visitors, but Barrio Cellar is just as equally valuable as a diner, even more so now that they have introduced a share-focused set menu showcasing various bar snacks, sides, salsas, and meats. ... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Miss Peaches (new menu, summer 2015) – Newtown (Sydney)

Through a narrow door and up some stairs nearby The Marlborough Hotel is the passage through to Miss Peaches now well-established as one of the most popular diners in the area. There is a cool breeze blowing in and sitting high above one of Newtown’s busiest streets has afforded me the perfect view to people watch. The night my guest and I dined was a Thursday night which means the crowd pouring in are here for one thing, Roadhouse Rockabilly Night.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Saké Restaurant & Bar’s summer 2015 cocktail menu – Southbank (Melbourne)

On the surface, Saké Restaurant & Bar is an ode to contemporary Japanese dining. It has the quintessential dark mahogany timber highlights and dim lighting that make it the perfect place to enjoy fresh sushi and sashimi whilst overlooking the breathtaking Yarra River and CBD. While Saké fits the classic description of a Japanese restaurant, it goes one step further than the rest: its specialty is in Japanese cocktails, whiskies and beverages that you would be hard-pressed to find in any other one place in Australia.... Read More | Share it now!

First Impressions: Henry Deane, Hotel Palisade – Millers Point (Sydney)

Millers Point is not often found on one’s list of essential cocktails bars in Sydney, with little reason for bar-lovers to walk all the way up Argyle Street beyond The Rocks side. That has all changed recently, with historic pub Hotel Palisade reopening after an extensive re-work in its 100th year. Since July of this year, the venue has been enjoying a new lease on life, re-introducing (or introducing) Sydneysiders and visitors to it’s stunning location. This month saw the venue take it’s next big step, by opening up the top levels of the building, revealing a stunning split-level cocktail bar and eatery that, unsurprisingly, now offers one of the best views in Sydney.... Read More | Share it now!