Bar Fly: Garden Bar by The Corner House
Ashtrays. Astroturf. Paper straws. Plastic cups. This fabulous, outdoor pop-up bar, cradled in the arms of the Sydney Opera House, is just the place to settle in for the Australia Day Long Weekend, with magnificent Sydney Harbour views for the Ferrython.
With a reputation for being one of the North Shore’s only late night venues where you can get a decent feed after a flick at the Hayden Orpheum, you’ll be pleased to note the newly renovated hotel - subtly masculine without being alienating to women – kept the 1am kitchen.
Bar Fly: Cantina Bar
The vibrant Mexican Day of the Dead decorations beckon from outside on Darling Street by day, but it’s by night when the colourful Cantina Bar really comes alive. You know our modus operandi: we usually like to pull up a stool at the bar, but at this gig, the rest of the room rocks with intimate high timber tables and stools, so take your premium place anywhere.
Nice, lying close to the Italian border on the Mediterranean coast of France has historically had more in common with Italy than France. Which is arguably the raison d'être behind Fratelli Fresh going “Fratelli French” as bartender Sebastian Vicente likes to describe it.
Leave surly service behind and travel to happy J-pop world. Shiny red vinyl bar stools offer the best vantage points to eyeball their streamlined operation (their initial store is in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley), and give you the opportunity to make friends with other diners.