Top 10 Hottest Restaurant & Bar Openings in Sydney – 2018

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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!

  1. 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
    Website
  2. POLY
    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).
    Website
  3. 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
    Website
  4. 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
    Website
  5. 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
    Website
  6. 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 our review of Barangaroo House 
  7. 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
    Website
  8. BISTECCA
    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
    Website
  9. 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
    Website
  10. BOPP & TONE
    Applejack Hospitality’s newest offering and their first in the CBD.  A glamorous space reminiscent of the post World War 2 era.  Serving a share style Mediterranean influenced menu.
    60 Carrington Street, Sydney
    Website

I’m excited to see what 2019 has in store for us on the dining scene.  Bring it on!

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