Category Archives: Bar

Book review: David Lebovitz’s Drinking French

Drinking French: The Iconic Cocktails, Apéritifs, and Café Traditions of France, with 160 Recipes by David Lebovitz My rating: 5 of 5 stars I’m a huge fan of Lebovitz’s blog and website, and his regular newsletter, having discovered them around … Continue reading

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COVID-19 lockdown cocktails

Um. We’re in lockdown. COVID-19. This would seem to be a good time to have a cocktail. Since what else are we going to do? (Rhetorical question: don’t answer it). So, the biggest success so far has been pre-mixed negronis, … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Nakano Darling, Darling Square

With some smart design, it really feels like you could be in Japan. Stepping through an opening in a corrugated iron wall (and out of torrential rains), there are a few low tables, a number of high tables surrounded by … Continue reading

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Drinking in Sydney: Maybe Sammy, Harrington Street

Maybe Sammy is a ridiculously cool and fun bar, tucked away on Harrington Street in the Rocks. It has won a slew of impressive-sounding awards, such as making it onto the World’s 50 Best Bars list for 2019, as the … Continue reading

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Drinking in Sydney: Dulcies, Kings Cross

So, my friend John says, he says, there’s a night at a bar in Kings Cross where the theme is that they show slides from other people’s family holidays. Bad holiday snaps. It’s an amusing idea, and an amusing bar, … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Tilly May’s, Upstairs at the Trinity Hotel, Surry Hills

Upstairs at the longstanding institution the Trinity Bar (to be renamed the Trinity Hotel) has undergone a huge change: a bright, light space with soaring ceilings and comfy and stylish decor. My pals and I really like what they’ve done … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Dove & Olive, Surry Hills

Our gang from school usually meets at the Shakespeare but to try something different, we went to Dove and Olive. I like the name, which reminds me of all those pubs in London with the same theme – Slug and … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Paragon Hotel, Circular Quay

If you live in Sydney, you know this place, even though you might not know that you know it. It’s the pub on the corner at Circular Quay next to and above the McDonalds. I must have passed it a … Continue reading

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Sydney Food & Grog Diary: Rosé Royale, Potts Point

‘Wow. That food was so bad I think I’ll have to give it two stars.’ ‘Give it a one.’ I guess what surprised me was that my pal Freddy also found his food bad. I mean, here I was thinking: … Continue reading

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Drinking in Sydney: Scout Sydney, Surry Hills

I’m a sucker for the hype occasionally, and the Scout Sydney team has been bringing it. I think I saw a sign on a local bus shelter. I saw an article in Time Out Sydney before it had opened its … Continue reading

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