Best New Restaurants & Bars in Sydney 2018
A flood of new restaurants and bars have opened in Sydney this year and I couldn’t be happier. From new wine bars to a restaurant that serves only T-bone steaks, there’s a huge array of new dining spots for us to visit. Hoorah!
Below I count down my top 10 Restaurant and Bar Openings of 2018 (in no particular order). I suggest you make it your mission to visit every last one before the end of the year!
- BERT’S BAR & BRASSERIE
Merivale’s glamorous 1930’s styled bar and brasserie set overlooking The Newport and serving top notch bistro fare.
2 Kalinya Street, Newport
Read my review of Berts Bar & Brasserie
Little sister to Ester restaurant, Poly is a wine bar at heart offering an extensive wine list along with innovative bar snacks.
74-76 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills (inside the Paramount House Hotel).
Read my review of Poly
- LANKAN FILLING STATION
Sri Lankan eating house serving exceptional South Asian cuisine. Food is ordered by pencil and paper.
G/F 58 Riley Street, East Sydney
Read my review of Lankan Filling Station
- ALBERTO’S LOUNGE
The Swillhouse Group brings us a neighbourhood Italian restaurant/bar serving up share style food with a cosy, old fashioned vintage atmosphere.
17-18 Alberta Street, Sydney
Read my review of Alberto’s Lounge
- A1 CANTEEN
Automata Chef Clayton Wells’ newest offering. This is one fancy canteen! Certainly a step up from the old style canteens.
G/F, 2-10 Kensington Street, Chippendale
Read my review of A1 Canteen
- EMPLOYEES ONLY
This NYC hot spot is regularly featured on ‘World’s Best Bar’ lists globally and they have finally landed in Sydney! Cocktails are a specialty, along with a NY inspired bistro menu.
9 Barrack Street, Sydney
- BARANGAROO HOUSE
Matt Moran and Solotel’s ambitious project consisting of 3 levels of drinking and dining options, including House Bar, Bea Restaurant and rooftop bar, Smoke Bar.
35 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo
Read my review of Barangaroo House
- QUEEN CHOW MANLY
Replacing the old Papi Chulo on the wharf, Queen Chow Manly serves classic cantonese cuisine with stunning waterfront views.
Manly Wharf, 22-23 E Esplanade
Italian cocktail bar that pays homage to the classic Tuscan dish, bistecca alla Fiorentina (or t-bone steak as we know it)!
3 Dalley Street, Sydney
Read my review of Bistecca
- BAR TOPA
Merivale’s take on a Spanish Tapas and Pintxos Bar. Intimate space offering a simple tapas menu, wine and cocktails. A great pre-dinner option. If you can get a seat!
4 Palings Lane, Sydney
I’m excited to see what 2019 has in store for us on the dining scene. Bring it on!