Sydney: Australia’s top dining and small bar destination

31 May 2013

It’s official – Sydney is now Australia’s leading destination for after-dark businesses, especially when it comes to restaurants, bars and cafes.

According to new data published in May 2013 by the City of Sydney, the harbour city is the nation’s dining capital, boasting more than 4,400 businesses operating in the food, drink and entertainment sectors.

Between 2009 and 2011, the number of food businesses alone grew by 12 per cent, which means you’ll never be far away from great dining options in the NSW capital. From food trucks to five-star restaurants, there are plenty of great options to suit every taste and budget.

Sydney lord mayor Clover Moore had particular praise for Sydney’s small bar scene, which she said is “going from strength to strength”. There are currently 441 small bars within the jurisdiction of the City of Sydney – including the 24 establishments that have opened between 2009 and 2011.

Pocket Bar - Darlinghurst

Pocket Bar – Darlinghurst

If you are looking for some great recommendations for places to check out after dark in Sydney this winter, here are some of our top picks:

Hemingways – Located on Manly Beach, Hemingways offers a cosy escape from the winter weather. There’s a drink for everyone on its extensive menu, as well as plenty of delicious nibbles to tempt your tastebuds.

Pocket Bar – As one of Sydney’s original small bars, Pocket Bar is situated in the heart of Darlinghurst. Order from the comprehensive range of cocktails, or indulge your senses with a fresh crepe, available in a variety of flavours.

Mrs Sippy – Nestled on Bay Street in Double Bay, Mrs Sippy morphs from a cool daytime coffee hangout to a warm and friendly nighttime venue with a fabulous modern Australian menu.