Hunter & Barrel – Cockle Bay Wharf (Sydney)

Seagrass Boutique Hospitality Group enjoyed a good reputation thusfar, having various brands on their portfolio including The Meat & Wine Co. and Ribs & Burgers, both multi-location restaurants that know a thing or two about good, juicy meats. The latest addition to the hospitality group’s scope is an interesting concept titled Hunter & Barrel, looking back to the days of the hunter for coal-inspired cooking and bringing in the ever-growing trend of barrel-aged drinks. The new concept will have a few locations in both Sydney and Melbourne, and the most picturesque so far is on the roof of Cockle Bay Wharf, in the unique, round-shaped space that used to be Chinta Ria (which has now moved to Double Bay).... Read More | Share it now!

Spotlight on Meriton Festival Village 2016 – Hyde Park (Sydney)

Sydney Festival is back for their huge 40th year anniversary, once again propping up their central hub in the leafy surrounds of Hyde Park, this year presenting a re-brand of sorts as what was once known as Sydney Festival Village now becomes Meriton Festival Village. Not much has changed aside from the name though, and thankfully last year’s spacious layout is recreating almost exactly, with a few changes here and there, and an even bigger focus on providing families with a tempting all-day pop-up bursting with entertainment and hospitality.... Read More | Share it now!

Mach2 – Sydney International Airport T1

Long-established as an Italian dining institution, Sydney’s Machiavelli now enjoys an extended reach throughout the city, with their second sister restaurant, another incarnation of Mach2, propped up right before customs at Sydney International Airport T1. It’s part of the re-focused dining options at airports around Australia, bringing in more reliable and popular outlets to up the standard of airport dining. Turning to a brand such as Machiavelli and giving them a platform to showcase their Italian food to inbound and outbound travelers was a smart move by Airport Retail Enterprises, who have been rolling out a bunch of new food options lately and were responsible in bringing MoVida to Sydney Domestic T2 a few years ago. ... Read More | Share it now!

Popolo – Rushcutters Bay (Sydney)

Much has changed at popular Italian restaurant Popolo, but thankfully not in it’s infectiously laid-back atmosphere; it’s still got that same piazza-style cool about it, offering an incredibly relaxing dining experience that flows throughout the outdoor and indoor dining areas. Established as one of the most popular restaurants in the area, now three years into business, Popolo has switched things up with a little refurbishment, assisted by developments at the Advanx Precinct – in which Popolo stands – which have doubled the size of the courtyard that overlooks the restaurant; the biggest change has been in the kitchen, appointing ex-Pilu At Freshwater and Biota Dining chef Naomi Lowry to lead the food offerings.... Read More | Share it now!

The Tilbury Hotel – Woolloomooloo (Sydney)

As far as Gastropubs go, few venues can match up to the perfectly positioned Tilbury Hotel in Woolloomooloo, which doesn’t just have location on its side, but a reputation as one of the best dining options outside of the suburb’s iconic wharf; one which has just received a refreshed and refocused makeover, slightly switching up the interior for the first time in 12 years, while also the menu on offer, which has been designed by the venue’s new Michelin-accredited Head Chef James Wallis.... Read More | Share it now!

Brigade Dining – Woollahra (Sydney)

Local Woollahra fav The Light Brigade Hotel has undergone quite the impressive transformation, joining the long list of contemporary pub makeovers that have been strung throughout Sydney this year. The venue’s spirit has been refined and re-imagined with a vibrant, modern approach from new owners The Bayfield family, who are most known for their long-running ownership of The Newport Arms, which they sold to Merivale earlier this year.... Read More | Share it now!

Eric Koh’s Dim Sum Pop-Up at Work In Progress – CBD (Sydney)

Before he helps man the kitchen at Enmore’s forthcoming Queen Victoria Hotel, Merivale Dumpling Master Eric Koh has a few more weeks left running his dim sum pop-up, @EricKoh, at CBD bar Work in Progress. The pop-up was originally intended to last for six weeks through September, but an unsurprisingly high level of demand has forced Merivale to extend the residency until 23rd December this year.... Read More | Share it now!

Newtown gets a Day of the Dead inspired Mexican cantina and Tequila bar (Sydney)

Brightly coloured décor, painted skeletons, and murals by a local graffiti artist will welcome anyone who steps into Newtown’s latest opening, a Mexican cantina and Tequila bar going by the name of Calaveras. The new venture from Gerardo Macip aims to deliver a traditional cantina straight to the heart of the inner-west hub, offering a fun and relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy authentic Mexican food and drink. ... Read More | Share it now!

Time Out Sydney Bar Awards Nominees for 2016

On Sunday 6 December of this year, at the new host venue of Sky Terrace at The Star, tastemakers and scene sifters Time Out will once again be crowning the winners of various categories for their annual Sydney Bar Awards. The ceremony has long been known as one of the liveliest celebrations of Sydney’s diverse bar culture, and now with more categories than ever before (including one celebrating local party-starting collectives) it’s looking like this will be an absolutely unmissable day.... Read More | Share it now!