Mystery of the Seven Deadly Sins light projection, George street, Vivid Sydney 2013. Credit: Destination NSW; James Horan
Walsh Bay Food and wine
Eating and drinking in Walsh Bay
Amongst revitalised architecture and picturesque harbour views this post-industrial theatre precinct has a charm all of its own, with fine wine and good food in abundance at a number of stylish restaurants and bars.
Situated on the western side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, between Dawes Point and Millers Point, Walsh Bay is an idyllic place to enjoy a relaxed or celebratory meal.
For fine dining in a prime spot on the Sydney Harbour foreshore, try the atmospheric Sydney Dance Lounge on Pier 4/5, great for a formal pre-show dinner on the waterfront. For an equally impressive space, head to Sydney Theatre Company's Bar At The End of the Wharf, a chilled-out venue with inventive cocktails and local beers on tap.
Head towards Pier One for carefully selected regional produce, with The Gantry delivering delicious interpretations of Modern Australian fare. Another popular dining establishment is Fratelli Fresh's laid-back Italian eatery, Cafe Sopra. They offer an expansive blackboard menu of classic pastas and mains, a lengthy Italian wine list and fabulous desserts, from their light-as-a-feather tiramisu to their delicious signature dessert, the banoffee pie.
Head to neighbourhood institution El Phoenician for classic Lebanese dishes, and if you can’t decide what to order, opt for one of their banquets. Don’t forget to have them select something for you from their expertly crafted wine list.
Hickson’s Food and Wine is another great option if you’re looking for a relaxed ambience, with high quality tapas, en-pointe cocktails and an extensive, French-focused boutique wine list. Start with a drink and grab a plate to share; before you know it you’ll be settling in for the night as you gaze at those gorgeous harbour views.
Nearby at The Rocks, the historic Lord Nelson Brewery and Hero of Waterloo are also great spots to wander afterwards for a pint. Try the Lord Nelson’s Quayle Ale, an easy drinking summer ale. The charming Hotel Palisade has also recently been restored to its former glory and is a thriving place to sample locally brewed and popular beers.