The Festive Season is in full swing and it is a time to be social and catch up with friends, family and colleagues over the holiday season.

Our Lifestyle team have our go to guide for you to celebrate summer and the holiday season in style.



Icebergs Dining & Bar, Bondi
One Notts Avenue, Bondi Beach
Sunday Brunch at the iconic Icebergs Dining Room is offered every Sunday from 10 am – 12 pm with a stunning new menu of yoghurt semifreddo with strawberry & Davidson plum; Green pea, avocado & finger lime bruschetta with buffalo ricotta; Harris smokehouse smoked salmon w/ whipped creme fraiche & dill or Glazed Kurobuta Ham, avocado, sunny side egg, potato & rocket and bottomless prosecco.

The Boathouse, Balmoral Beach
2 The Esplanade, Balmoral
This beautiful beachside cafe is located right on Balmoral Beach for a delicious breakfast of market fruit, bircher muesli, the best avocado & tomato toast with feta and fresh basil with the sounds of the surf.

Fred’s, Paddington
380 Oxford Street, Paddington
Each Saturday, Fred’s transforms its front bar into a European-style cafe with a menu of house-made pastries and sweets created by Head chef Danielle Alvarez that can be eaten in or taken away. Breakfast treats include savoury scrolls with greens, goats curd and leeks, caneles de bordeaux, buttermilk scones, apple and quince galettes and plum and almond cakes.  Enjoy your gourmet breakfast treats and pick up your pre-ordered seasonal produce box filled with just-picked fruit and veggies. Fred’s breakfast is available from 8 am until 11 am every Saturday.

Boronia Kitchen
152 Pittwater Road, Hunters Hill
Boronia Kitchen’s menu is a contemporary, local eatery serving home-style food from the best produce from Australia’s air, ocean and land. Chef Simon Sandall from ARIA and Executive Chef across the entire Morsul Group is passionate about fresh produce and developing new season dishes for the local community of Hunters Hill.    This is a breakfast menu that will have you dropping into to this local gem on more than one occasions for treats like brioche, roasted peaches, mascarpone, raspberry puree, house smoked salmon, chopped egg, dill, cucumber toast or zucchini fritters, whipped feta, tomatoes and rocket.

Fratelli Paradiso, Potts Point
12 – 16 Challis Avenue
This Sydney icon opened it’s doors in Potts Point in 2001 in the prestigious quarter and become an inner-city institution.  You would still be hard pressed to find a better breakfast in Sydney from the classic Italian breakfast menu of poached, chopped spinach, kale, house cured salmon, hollandaise on a steamed bagel, fried parmesan egg, pancetta, eggplant, rocket leaf or Cereali of summer berries, buffalo milk yoghurt, natural muesli or granola.

The Butchers Block, Barangaroo
Shop 2, 100 Barangaroo Avenue
Best known from their flagship spot in Wahroonga, the Butcher’s Block in Barangaroo is serving a menu of breakfast classics eggs benedict, corn fritters and banoffee waffles.   This is perfect spot for a pre-work breakfast or jump on a ferry and start your day in Sydney’s waterside dining mecca, Barangaroo.

Summer Cocktails 

Patron Pop-up Bar – Museum of Contemporary Art
The Terrace, Ground Floor, MCA, The Rocks
Open every Wednesday – Sunday until 16 February 2020, spend your summer evening overlooking Sydney Harbour with one of the world’s ultra-premium spirits in had at the Patron pop-up.

The MCA has partnered with Patron Tequila to create Patron tequilas into tasty summer cocktails.  Pair your Patron cocktail with delicious Mexican dishes by Culinary Edge, and setttle into a long summer night with the sun-kissed views over Circular Quay.

Maybe Sammy
115 Harrington Street, Sydney
Maybe Sammy takes inspiration from the roaring Fifties,the rebirth of cool, the era where fashion and fun prevailed.  A time when The Rat Pack and Hollywood glamour were revered and admired.

Their Signature Drinks are named after some of “the boys” favourite haunts on the Vegas strip. Start your cocktail journey from the Mini Martinis list to their Signature or High Rollers cocktails. Each and every delectable drink on this menu will take you through an eye-opening and distinct experience.

Toppi Restaurant & Bar
60 Martin Place, Sydney
Newly opened Toppi is a sophisticated Italian diner at the top end of Martin Place at Sixty Martin Place is open Monday – Friday from 12 midday till late.  The terrace with bar tables and stools overlook the street for you to enjoy a negroni and Italian menu gems from Paola Toppi, the culinary genius behind the Eastern Suburb’s icon Bar M.

The venue has three areas; a pasta bar, cocktail bar and dining room so that you can drop in for a casual fare of cocktails and tasting plates or stay for dinner.  With kitchen open until late, it is the perfect Sydney CBD supper location.

Bathers Pavilion Louis Terrace
4 The Esplanade, Balmoral
The newly re-opened Bathers, has a stunning Terrace, located on the first-floor overlooking Balmoral Beach. Inspired by the grand hotel resorts of Europe overlooking the Mediterranean. 

Chef and co-owner Serge Dansereau shares a special relationship with this eponymous Champagne houseconsistently serving Louis Roederer as his house champagne longer than anyone else in the world   The Terrace is open from 12pm Wednesday to Sunday for you enjoy champagne, a summer spritz or glass of french rose with spectacular beach views over Balmoral Beach.   The Bathers’ Bistro menu, including chilled Gulf prawns, charcuterie, steak frites and more.  

Bert’s Bar & Brasserie
2 Kalinya Street, Newport
Bert’s Newport is glamorous and chic with its old fashioned patterning, ornate features and panel detailing that has been perfectly melded with beach fusion to showcase one of Sydney’s premier coastal destinations.  Grab your friends and enjoy and afternoon with champagne and oysters, a light meal or you can dine on a coastal European menu designed by Chef Jordan Toft’s.

Henry Deane Cocktail Bar, Hotel Palisade
35 Bettington Street, Millers Point
For drinks with a view, head to the Henry Dean cocktail bar on the rooftop of the historic Hotel Palisade. This rooftop bar has panoramic 270-degree views over Western Sydney, an impressive list of cocktails, boutique spirits and a sexy menu of share plates.

Coogee Wine Room
222 Coogee Bay Road, Coogee
The Coogee Wine Room located just metres from the beach has an impressive wine list of over 400 wines, with 30 of those wines by the glass and mediterranean inspired menu designed by chef Sandro Di Marino for sharing with friends. Whether it is an afternoon wine with cheese & charcuterie, oysters or settle in for the Feed Me set menu of a five course signature dishes.

Butlers Sydney
123 Victoria Street, Potts Point
Nestled amongst the backstreets of Potts Point, is an eclectic oasis of forest like garden and a panoramic view of the Sydney city skyline from the terrace serving Ibero-American food & cocktails in style.  Embrace summer and happy hour with the Butlers Summer Spritz menu from 4 – 6 pm and take in Sydney’s famous sunsets. All Lillet Spritz cocktails are $12 each during golden hour.

Join the Sunset Spritz at Butlers Sydney.

Lillet Spritz ~ Lillet Blanc, strawberry, cucumber, mint, tonic
Passionfruit Spritz ~ Lillet Blanc, verjus, salted passionfruit, soda, rosemary
Lillet Paloma ~ Lillet Rosé, grapefruit soda, basil
Lillet Sangria ~ Lillet Rouge, ginger beer, orange

The Old Clare Rooftop Bar
Kensington Street, Chippendale

The Old Clare is a hip and cool inner city rooftop bar, complete with pool, ample seating and views onto the CBD. This urban oasis is open from Wednensday – Sunday from 3 pm, serving delicious drinks and a meny by A1 Canteen.

Bentley Restaurant + Bar
27 O’Connell Street, Sydney
Widely regarded as one of the best places in Australia to drink wine, with more than 1000 wines from around the world; The Bentley Bar is the perfect spot for an afternoon or after work catch up for a drink and bite to eat.  Choose from Olives, Oysters, Glazed Wagyu bun, Fraser Island Spanner Crab, Bargequed Kingfish or a Cheese selection.

If you have time over the holiday season pop in for their ‘Best of Bentley’ two  $65 per person or three course $75 per person lunch special served Monday to Friday from 12 pm.

Monopole Sydney
71A Macleay Street, Potts Point

Nick Hildebrandt and Brent Savage has brought their brand of cool to Monopole, a European-style elegant wine bar and restaurant in the heart of Potts Point.

One of Monopole’s highlights is Nick Hildebrandt’s wine list, which features more than 500 rare and boutique wines, with around 30 available by the glass or carafe at any time. This list has won multiple awards, including Wine List of the Year in the 2017 Good Food Guide.

The Brent Savage-designed menu at Monopole features a range of wine-friendly dishes, house-made charcuterie and a changing selection of local and imported artisan cheeses.

Celebrate Happy Hour at Monopole weekdays from 5 – 6 pm and weekends from 4 – 6 pm.