Bottoms Up: Your Definitive Sydney Cocktail Itinerary

From breakfast to dinner and beyond, there’s a cocktail for every time of day in Sydney. Let’s try a few out, shall we?

Breakfast/Brunch

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Image credit: Cuckoo Calley Facebook

Cuckoo Callay

Newtown

Our adventure begins at the splendidly named Cuckoo Callay, one of Newtown’s leading breakfast havens. It’s a wonderfully friendly spot, and the “Gorgeous George” smashed avocado dish is always top class. As for cocktails? Make sure you order up the “Mr Black”, made with Frangelico, whipped milk and, of course, a generous splash of Mr Black cold-pressed coffee liqueur.

“The food, coffee and service is great here. I ordered the Sideways Shuffle and that was spot on the money. Didn’t have to wait for long. The staff member who looked after my table was fantastic and friendly. Note, parking is a little hard but the food is worth it.” – Lsyd

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Lunch

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Image credit: The Commons Facebook

The Commons

Darlinghurst

It’s time for Cocktail the Second, and that means a pleasant little trip to The Commons. This popular café/wine bar combo is stuffed with fresh greenery and cosy vibes, and you’ll just love the “Venetian Spritz”. That’s Campari or Aperol with prosecco, soda, ice, olives and a slice of orange. It comes served in a balloon (which somehow works), and can be made as sweet or bitter as you like.

“Great little wine place! Sitting snug and warm by the fire.” – rina.v

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Afternoon

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Coogee Pavilion

Coogee

The next stop is Coogee Pavilion, where you could happily spend a whole afternoon exploring the various nooks and hideaways of this sprawling venue. It’s huge, lively and always worth a visit (especially after a dip at the beach), and the cocktail list is strong indeed. We’d highly recommend the “Cravado”; a refreshing blend of Wyborowa vodka, lychee, mint and coconut water.

“Went there and share a meal with friends and enjoy a quality drink in a comfortable and interesting environment. Very nice Wood fired Pizza. Loved it.” – Erin 1976

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Dinner

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Riley Street Garage

Woolloomooloo

When it’s time to line the stomach, do so with a scrumptious bite over at Riley Street Garage. It actually was a garage once, but you wouldn’t know it from the sophisticated interiors, making for an elegantly comfy setting for a good meal. Try the green pea risotto with truffle oil (designed to share), and enjoy dessert liquid-style in the form of the Jaffa ‘Spresso cocktail. That’s a dreamy mix of Ketel One vodka, coffee liqueur, salt, sugar and vanilla & orange meringue foam.

“Massive recommendation from me. Menu is modern, yet, still humble. Good portion sizes, flavours that just go together perfectly. I’m no food snob – I’d describe it as a step up from the everyday, but, you wish you could actually eat here every day. Lots of space, well-appointed bathrooms downstairs and excellent service from staff. An insanely good pork knuckle was on the menu on my visit.” – bradlyloco

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Late Night

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Palmer & Co

Sydney

A dark, sexy little bar that draws inspiration from the 1920s, Palmer & Co is an awesome choice for winding down the evening in style. The staff are as good at whipping up cocktails as they are impeccably dressed, and there’s plenty on the menu to tempt even the most refined of palates. Try an “As Time Goes By”, which is Plymouth gin, elderflower, celery & apple soda, and whisky smoke.

“Great little hidden bar. The bar menu is delicious. The service is great as well and the staff are all dressed as if they are from the 1930’s, which also matches the decor. Fabulous place which you lose track of time in. Great for a date.” – SportsFan77

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