The sun is shining, the leave are turning, the birds are chirping. We don’t know about you, but we can feel that summer is just around the corner. To celebrate, check out these five Sydney hot-spots so good, you’ll only be able to tell your friends about them in emojis!
Leafy, laid back and thoroughly inviting, The Butler exists in its own little corner of time and space, quite separate from the rest of the city. It’s all lush greenery and colonial sandstone arches, and it’s absolutely perfect for an intimate drink and a bite to eat. Speaking of which, make sure you try the seared tuna! It’s served with curried chickpeas and yoghurt, and goes down very well indeed.
“This is the perfect spot to hang out with some girlfriends and drink a couple of cocktails and enjoy the fresh air flowing through the doors. The food is great and the customer service is attentive. I highly recommend the salted cod croquettes and the steak frites.” – sweetandyummie
A cafe/cat sanctuary with a funky space motif, Catmosphere is Sydney’s purrfect destination for true feline fanatics. The basic deal is $20 for a coffee, a cookie and an hour with the cats, but they also offer everything from cat hen nights to cat yoga to cat sponsoring. This place is awesome, and it makes you heart tingle with glee just knowing it exists.
“If you’re a kitty cat fanatic, Catmosphere will have you ecstatic! It’s a space themed cat sanctuary/cafe where you can chillax with some cool cats. Now, there’s an entry fee and it can seem a little pricey but you have to realise that all the proceeds are going to a home for cats without a home. Seriously, Catmosphere is a great place. Just a really cool place to go and chill if you dig cats.” – KeipetJuanHunnit
When we say fancy dining, we mean it. Tetsuya’s is a world-renowned haven of class, elegance and ultimate sophistication, where the food is unreal and your every whim is catered for. The set degustation menu certainly isn’t cheap ($230 a head), but holy heck is it worth it for a special treat. It’s a kind of French/Japanese hybrid of flavours and cooking techniques, and it’s simply stunning.
“An amazing dining experience. Every little detail is thought of, from the setting to presentation to wine paring. We had lunch here to celebrate our engagement and were given an extra course and glass of champagne on the house. What a nice touch! highly recommend” – Winebuff in training
Bars with Live Music
We’re just gonna put it out there – Frankie’s Pizza guarantees one of the best nights out in Sydney. It’s a proper live music pub, with bands and DJs playing every day of the week, and all are welcome to head down and bask in the grungy, old-school glory. The pizzas are seriously good, and we’d heartily suggest the Polpette, with meatballs, bocconcini, basil and tomato sauce.
“Chilled place with great music and even better pizza. By the slice or whole, enjoy the cheesy goodness with a fresh apple and vodka or a craft beer whilst playing retro arcade games” – Miss Forster
Girls’ Night Out
Howdy there ladies, glad you could join us! Li’l Darlin is an effortlessly cool tapas bar with fabulous flair for cocktails. Dark timber abounds, candles dot the tables and rows of wine glasses sparkle above the stony bar, and the Fairy Floss Martini is always much to good to resist. It’s made of vodka, blood orange and vanilla syrup, with raspberry sorbet thrown in for good measure.
“CANDY COCKTAIL?? ARE YOU KIDDING? It’s so good!! It exceeded my expectation regarding the nibbles too, the duck pancakes and the arancini bites were to die for.” – sushirawl