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Tasmanian oak? Sleek leather seating? 24-carat cocktails? All in the place that used to host all night raves? Yes, yes and yes again. The Beresford has risen from the late night Taylor Square ashes to become a trattoria, beer garden and cocktail bar in one. With concoctions like Italiano Flip and Red Hook on the menu, we’re glad it did. (Angela Bennetts)

354 Bourke St, Darlinghurst. 9357 1111, www.theberesford.com.au