Underneath Kings Cross's iconic Coca Cola sign, hidden downstairs in an exposed concrete basement, is the Old Growler. Beer is the focus at this Euro-inspired bar – both on the menu and in the g...https://www.bestrestaurants.com.au/nsw/sydney/kings-cross/restaurant/old-growler
Kings Cross Food and wine
Eating and drinking in King's Cross
Kings Cross's neon strip is heaving at all hours with cheap pizza and dodgy kebab joints – but side-step the strip club touts and hens party throngs to delve deeper. You'll be rewarded by the precinct's hip bars, rooftop pubs, excellent restaurants and happening clubs.
The best food, wine, restaurants and bars in the Cross
Kings Cross caters to food and wine fans, cocktail lovers and party animals, but on weekends, it's a total zoo – so keep your wits about you!
Start with a casual drink at The King's Cross Hotel, a towering multi-level establishment at the top of William Street and opposite the iconic Coke sign. The Rooftop Garden Bar may be four flights up, but it's worth the hike for the views and the chilled-out ambiance – and the levels below, including the subterranean Dive Bar – aren't too shabby either.
Peckish? On the main strip, Barrio Chino is both bar and budget Mexican eatery – but it's often packed, so if you can't get in, head down Llankelly Place to Wilbur's Place, which serves hearty food at very reasonable prices. Or mosey over to bar/restaurant Concrete Blonde on Bayswater Road, which serves up decent Mod Oz fare and is good for dinner or Sunday lunch.
There's a choice of casual or fine dining at the two-hat Bistro Ortolan on Bayswater Road, or try Hugo's Bar Pizza across the road. Also on this strip, bars to check out include The World Bar; it hosts open mic nights, local indie bands, DJs and a serious party vibe (and is famous for its Teapot Cocktails). Over on Roslyn Street, where the iconic Barons used to be, you'll find Gastro Park, with a menu serious gourmands won't want to miss.
The LL Wine and Dine site, down Llankelly Place, was once an illegal casino and then, an adult book store. These days, the slick space is as classy as they come (and worth a visit for the Chilli and Coconut Martini). Of course, if you'd rather plonk yourself right in the midst of the action, head to Goldfish or The Piano Room – both are heavy on attitude and perfect for people watching! Hard-core party animals should venture behind 21's solid black metal door on Kellett Street; part cocktail bar, part club, it's open til 5am. Nearby, the Iguana Bar remains a grungy old favourite, even if it isn't the rock star hangout it was years ago.
Situated at the Rushcutters end of Bayswater Road, ACME is a unique collaboration between chef Mitchell Orr (formerly Duke Bistro) and the hospitality crew behind The Passage, including Andy Emerson, ...https://www.bestrestaurants.com.au/nsw/sydney/rushcutters-bay/restaurant/acme
In the heart of Kings Cross Hugos Lounge is everything you could want in an upmarket inner-city bar and restaurant. Designed to pander to the taste of the discerning Sydneysider through the age old th...https://www.bestrestaurants.com.au/nsw/sydney/kings-cross/restaurant/hugos-lounge
The Kings Cross Hotel Balcony restaurant is situated among the lights and excitement of this iconic area. Not only are diners treated to the very best flavours of Australia, they are also given a fron...https://www.bestrestaurants.com.au/nsw/sydney/kings-cross/restaurant/kings-cross-hotel-balcony
There is something comforting about returning to the same restaurant, for the same dish, night-after-night and while most dining chains aren't worth your while, Brown Rice Sushi, with four locations a...https://www.bestrestaurants.com.au/nsw/sydney/rushcutters-bay/restaurant/brown-rice-rushcutters-bay
The latest dining concept to hit Bayswater Road, Farmhouse combines a changing, set menu with a communal dining philosophy. Bookings are taken at either 6.30 or 8.30 (yes, bookings, not wait at the do...https://www.bestrestaurants.com.au/nsw/sydney/kings-cross/restaurant/farmhouse
A Mexican food revolution has hit the Sydney dining scene and leading the way is Barrio Chino. Tucked away on Bayswater Road in Kings Cross, the glam young duo behind Potts Point's Fei Jai, Peter Lew ...https://www.bestrestaurants.com.au/nsw/sydney/kings-cross/restaurant/barrio-chino
The Sugarmill takes party-goers back to the glory days of Kings Cross. With the warmth of a local pub and the aesthetics of a grand bar, The Sugarmill not only offers great DJ's and fabulous beverages...https://www.bestrestaurants.com.au/nsw/sydney/kings-cross/restaurant/sugarmill
Escape into the laboratory of a crazy 1800s scientist for some chilled pre drinks or an exclusive function. Overflowing with scientific artefacts and mystical iconography, settle in for a night of cha...https://www.bestrestaurants.com.au/nsw/sydney/kings-cross/restaurant/the-apothecary-at-world-bar
A contemporary inner city eatery, Bay 88 is the type of place you wish existed on your block. This Rushcutters Bay restaurant has a casual-cool atmosphere and where diners can enjoy lazy weekend break...https://www.bestrestaurants.com.au/nsw/sydney/rushcutters-bay/restaurant/bay-88