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The Commons is an award-winning bar and restaurant serving honest, flavoursome food and quality drinks in a heritage farmhouse in Darlinghurst.

THE COMMONS local eating house & DOWNTOWN bar are simple, calm and beautiful environments that take pride in the city's culinary and cultural resources. 
The Commons is an award-winning bar and restaurant serving honest, flavoursome food and quality drinks in a heritage farmhouse in Darlinghurst. DOWNTOWN is a classics bar, located in the 160-year-old larder underneath The Commons dining room. While The Commons brings traditionalism back to food upstairs, Downtown takes you back to the roots of good music and liquor. Our bar menu and live music are inspired by the golden age of cocktails, jazz and blues, from the turn of the century until 1950. We offer incredible drinks in an intimate setting, accessible and friendly staff, and the opportunity to learn more about music, your friends and good ol' drink. You provide your best behaviour and an open mind. 
 2011 Small Bar of the Year - Time Out | 2012 #5 Ten Best Bars in Sydney - SMH |

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  • WeenieM Local Star   90 reviews
    Such a nice cosy space here, especially in winter when they have the fire going. It has a great courtyard out the front and a dark little moody bar downstairs. Good service and nice wines, however the food seems to be where they fall short, which is a shame as we'd probably go here more if that were improved.

    8 months ago - 16/08/2013

  • KGirl Local Star   313 reviews
    Great little wine place! Sitting snug and warm by the fire

    9 months ago - 20/06/2013

  • rebeckadavidson   6 reviews
    Been here few times and I can say that this may become one of my favourite places to be at. Food is always served so classy and stylish. Service is pretty good, the staff are welcoming, professional, friendly and working really fast. Prices vary, but in overall I can say that they are average. Other than that, decoration is nice as well as the atmosphere.
  • beanboy Local Star   309 reviews
    Awesome dining outdoors, surrounded by white grape vines and wooden funky made tables/stools.
    The service is with a smile, and each dish was explained thoroughly (which was rather annoying). We all settled for the BBQ beef burgers which were impressive, although I could have eaten an extra half as the portion size is a little on the smaller side.
    The cocktail and wine list looks bliss, and I've heard their menu changes weekly - so I'll be coming back real soon.
  • Phee   21 reviews
    A wonderful place to have a post work drink. The homely, cottage design makes for a cosy feel. The serve great cocktails and each table is decorated with a jar of wild flowers.
  • jodavila   20 reviews
    I went here with 3 friends last week and was really impressed. The decor has a European feel to it and will be lovely in winter with its open fireplace. The food was really good, a selection of really good classic food and very tasty. We all really enjoyed our choices. The waiter was very helpful explaining each dish to us for each course, he was french and was quite popular with a couple of my friends as his accent made the food sound even more delicious!! Very reasonably priced too....
  • C Sandiego Foodie   60 reviews
    There's is nothing common about this casual eatery in a beautiful sandstone heritage house in darlinghurst, just a stone's throw from oxford street. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner this is a great place to meet friends for fresh, seasonal, affordable meals. The vibe is cool but casual and unpretentious. I came here for the first time before a gig. We are seated outside on arrival and served immediately. We order wine by the glass as we peruse the day's menu. I order a main-size wagyu carpaccio, and my boyfriend orders the chicken parmigiana. Our meals come out quickly and they are amazing. By the time we have finished eating, the restaurant is filling up with people eating, drinking and conversing in this comfy oasis. We both agree that it would be great to stay around for a few more drinks, but we have to leave to get to our concert on time. We agree to come back soon. Friends have advised us that the breakfasts are fantastic.
  • Sam Martin   4 reviews
    I visited The Commons for breakfast with some friends a couple of weeks ago, and was happy from the get go with the interior design and layout of the venue. It's a cosy place and I know it will be great in winter. The kitchen was understaffed on the day we visited, so the food didn't come out for quiet a while. When it did arrive, the eggs were undercooked but the other ingredients were fresh. The staff were cool and very funny. I can see this venue has potential, just a few improvements may be needed with staffing.
  • villarosie   19 reviews
    We stumbled across The Commons after the restaurant we originally wanted to have dinner at was full. After being told there would be a wait we were led to the bar downstairs where one could spend a night in itself! The bartender was friendly, the space was intimate and felt secluded and comfortable. The staff collected us once a table was available upstairs and although the table was situated next to a flight of stairs and felt rather make-shift, it did the job. The food was superb, all seasonal produce and beautifully cooked and seasoned. I wouldn't normally indulge in a three course meal but it was impossible to resist the three olive entree, followed by a provolone and spinach ravioli and finished with a chocolate fondant made to order.

    The waitresses really know their stuff, they were able to explain anything we didn't understand on the menu and catered to those of us who were vegetarian. Service was efficient and personable, and the ambience was intimate but still boisterous. Definitely my new favourite dining option in Darlinghurst.
  • bonkersin   33 reviews
    We ended up here for post-dinner drinks on a Friday night. While we weren't huge fans of The Pond, and it does seem to attract the same sort of crowd, it feels like a better place this time round. Staff are really friendly and accommodating and the layout of the place just makes you want hang out in a cosy nook that much longer. A nice surprise.

Opening Hours for Monday:


Opening Hours for Tuesday:

6:00 PM-12:00 AM

Opening Hours for Wednesday:

6:00 PM-12:00 AM

Opening Hours for Thursday:

12:00 PM-12:00 AM

Opening Hours for Friday:

12:00 PM-1:00 AM

Opening Hours for Saturday:

8:00 AM-1:00 AM

Opening Hours for Sunday:

8:00 AM-12:00 AM

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Dining Options

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Price Guide

Mains $20-$30




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  • ACN: 138 389 045
  • ABN: 50 817 825 578

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