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Eating and drinking in Sydney's CBD

You'll find amazing wine and dine options wherever you look in Sydney's city centre. Discover rooftop restaurants, uber-cool hotel bars and a range of alfresco dining options, whether you're seeking casual fare or fine dining with a view.

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Food and wine in the city centre

Food and wine in Sydney

George Street is home to some of the city's best food and wine experiences. Be sure to have a drink at Glass Brasserie, the beautiful wine bar and restaurant in the Hilton Sydney overlooking the domes of the Queen Victoria Building. With a wine cellar reaching the ceiling, it's deliciously decadent. Zeta Bar, a lively club on weekends, is one level up. Also on George Street is the glamorous Ivy Pool Club, a rooftop bar where you can lounge in a cabana and enjoy a cocktail by the  pool.

Close by, The Rook is a late-night rooftop eatery on York Street that features lobster and burgers. Explore Spanish tapas bars on Liverpool Street to unassuming Regent Place just next door, where you'll find terrific dumplings at Chef's Gallery, noodles and sushi at TonTon plus up-market Japanese at Azuma. Tucked away below this eating mezzanine is one of the city's newest small bars, Assembly Bar, which boasts a top wine list and innovative bar snacks – try the gourmet hot dogs.

Walk down to Clarence Street and stop by two of the city's secret little bars. The Baxter Inn is styled like an American saloon and serves classic cocktails, while Grandma's is kitsch but cool. There aren't many bars in the city where you can sip a Papa Doble daiquiri and nibble on a cheese jaffle!

Prefer a more casual vibe? Down a tiny side street off George Street, you'll find Grasshopper, a clubhouse-style basement bar where the no-frills cocktails are served in jam jars and punters perch on mismatched retro lounges. Further down George Street is the well known Establishment Bar and the colonial-themed Gin Garden.

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Food and wine in The Rocks

At The Rocks, enjoy a cocktail at Saké in the Argyle Centre heritage building, or try a local beer at the Hero of Waterloo, one of Sydney's oldest pubs. On Fridays, you'll want to bring a healthy appetite to The Rocks Foodies Market and its mouth-watering stalls! The fun (and the exquisite food) continues on Saturdays and Sundays at The Rocks' Weekend Markets.

craft beer, breweries, the Rocks, Sydney, City centre
Craft beer in Sydney

Craft beer is a growing trend all across Australia, and Sydney is no different. Two of the most popular small breweries are the Lord Nelson in the Rocks and 4 Pines in Manly. Harts Pub in the city centre is a great place to try different craft brews from across the country. 

Circular Quay, food and wine, Sydney, City centre
Circular Quay

For the best views in the city, nothing beats having a drink or a bite to eat at Circular Quay. Opera Bar is a thriving place on weeknights, with live music and unrivalled views of the Sydney Opera House. If you prefer something a little quieter, try Guylian for a Belgian hot chocolate.

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