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It’s a gorgeous summer’s day in Sydney (alright, maybe not yet. But soon,) so what the hell are you doing drinking inside a dark city bar? There’s really only one way to enjoy a beer: outside in a sunny beer garden, and The Balmain Hotel has the best we’ve seen yet. The joint was recently refurbished in a funky tiki style, just in time for the sun to come out. It bears a striking resemblance to the kind of minimalist outdoor dining you’d expect to find in tropical countries. (And PS there’s outdoor heating to tide you over in the colder months.) (RP)

74 Mullens Street, Balmain, +61 2 9810 7500,