The Very Best Places To Eat And Drink This Festive Season

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The festive season has well and truly kicked in for another year (can you believe it?), and as far as food and beverage offerings go – we’re spoilt for choice. During this season, millions descend onto our shores for the twinkling harbour and unrivalled beach views – which are best absorbed with a signature cocktail and dish in tow. Whether it be a waterside cocktail lounge with some of the most inventive cocktails around or intimate dining space for that special occasion, you’ll almost find it hard to pick. 

We know this time of year can be stressful, that’s why we’ve curated some of Sydney’s latest and greatest places to eat, sip and relax – and ring in the Christmas season the best (and least stressful) way possible. Scroll down for some of our top picks to eat and drink come silly season – or year-round, for that matter. 


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One of Sydney’s newest offerings, Kuro offers Japanese design, driven by precision and executed by artisans, in a layered dining experience. Co-owner Alan Wong has developed the concept of the venue alongside Executive Chef/co-owner Taka Teramoto as the result of numerous research trips to Japan and believes the unique elements and layered offerings will meet the range of needs from locals and destination diners alike. 

Each element of Kuro, from architecture and design details through to the food and drink menus, are interconnected with the same articulate approach and Japanese influence. The menu has been crafted to share and unites familiar Japanese flavours with stellar Australian produce, resulting in a contemporary collection of dishes underpinned by innovation and sustainability.

Coogee Wine Room

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Coogee Wine Room, located in the epicentre of one of Australia’s most iconic beaches, offers up a wine list of more than 400 from all major wine regions of the world. Couple that with a Mediterranean-inspired menu and you’ve got something truly special. Whether you’re dropping in for a cold rosé after a long day at the beach, enjoying a casual lunch with friends or want an elegant dining option with a special bottle of wine, the venue offers an array of possibilities! 



Mini cocktails? You don’t have to say much else to have us convinced. Sydney’s Babylon has just introduced a selection of mini cocktails (or pocket-sized cocktails, as they like to call them) at their rooftop bar for Aperitivo Hour. Some of the choices include a Negroni, Pasha and Yildiz. Not to mention the venue’s interior was inspired by the once-thriving metropolis and one of the Seven Wonders of the world, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. So, it really is a sight to behold. What better way to ring in the warm weather…

Maybe Sammy

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Sydney’s cocktail bar Maybe Sammy was the only Australian bar to be named as one of The World’s 50 Best Bars at an award ceremony held in London earlier this year. Only nine months old, the kitschy bar as already collected several prestigious bar awards – and it’s easy to see why. Taking inspiration from the roaring 50s, the rebirth of cool and the era where fashion and fun prevailed, the venue is filled with old-timey motifs and has Hollywood glamour at its centre. Each and every delectable drink on this menu will take you through an eye-opening and distinct experience – so go and act like that high roller you know you are. 

Isabel Bondi 


Bondi’s newest kid on the block, Isabel Bondi, is taking their already inventive cocktails to dizzying new heights. The high-class venue has added the introduction of their Cocktail Kaiseki – a 5-course degustation. From strawberry and charcoal Wine paired with baby octopus, quandong and black pepper to an olive oil highball paired with chicken thigh, desert lime ponzu, chicken wing, tare and lemon zest, the degustation needs to be added to your festive season to-do list. 

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