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Miss Marley’s, Manly

Enter Miss Marley’s in Manly and you’re transported to another time and place, to an era of 1950’s glamour.

Miss Marley's, Manly
Miss Marley’s, Manly

The intimate bar and eatery is striking with its luxe interior, a silver paper wall like a swanky salon, a mini token fireplace, comfortable lounges to sink into and tables set against banquettes on the opposite wall.

Miss Marley's, Manly
Kissing Corner

A “kissing corner” at the rear of the bar with red and black upholstery and vintage mirror completes the setting.

Miss Marley's, Manly
Miss Marley’s, Manly

Miss Marley’s launched three years ago and has since developed a reputation for being one of the best tequila bars in Sydney.

Miss Marley's, Manly
Section of the Bar

And it is the shimmer of the bottles on the back bar that beckons. Miss Marley’s has around 100 tequila expressions as well as a good selection of rum and whisky and a growing list of Mezcal such as Pierde Almas and Ilegal Mezcal.

You can order a Tequila Flight ($18), with three 20 ml serves choose from the extensive list of cocktails starting with Marley’s House Cocktails at $10 each (Paloma, Tommy’s Margarita) and includes their popular passionfruit-based, La Bomba ($17), with tequila blanco, orange juice and fresh lime.

Miss Marley's
L-R: Rhubarb Rider, Jalisco Mule

The Rhubarb Rider ($18) is delicious and fruity, with rhubarb infused tequila, rhubarb vanilla syrup and fresh lemon with an Aperol crown. The Jalisco Mule ($17) is a delicious combination of Don Fulano Blanco infused with spices, apple and lime and topped with ginger beer.

Miss Marley’s food menu is an eclectic range of South American share plates created by Brazilian born Head Chef, Carlos Almeida.


Start with the Ceviche ($14) made with ginger and citrus cured market fresh kingfish, served with crisp tortilla and pisquito sour in a shot glass. The dish balances the freshness of the fish with the zestiness of lime, red grape and avocado, a recipe from the chef’s mother’s repertoire.

Miss Marley's, Manly
L-R: Grilled chorizo, Croquettas

The spiced beef and herb Croquettas ($10) are cripsy, light and moreish but you can’t beat a good chorizo. The Grilled Chorizo and Caramelised Guava Onions ($8) rates among the best. It’s hot, spicy and charred with the caramelised guava onions.

Miss Marley's, Manly
Salt cod fritters

From the sea, comes the tasty Salt Cod Fritters with confit garlic ($10) served with grilled lime aioli.

Miss Marley's, Manly
Slow roasted pork belly bites

The Slow Roasted Pork Belly Bites ($16) are melt-in-the-mouth pieces of pork with a crispy and seasoned crackling topped with an apple, passion fruit and coriander salsa.

Miss Marley's, Manly
Cuban style mojo criollo chicken

The standout dish is the Cuban style Mojo Criollo Chicken ($18), a more substantial sized dish with tender, succulent and seasoned charred chicken served with the can’t-stop-eating salted taro crisps.

Miss Marley's, Manly
Vistalba Corte C Malbec

Wine list carries the theme with some local and South American wines such as the Tomero Torrentes from Argentina ($10 a glass) or the excellent Vistalba Corte C Malbec from Medoza Argentina ($12).

Miss Marley's, Manly
Key lime pie

For dessert, the Key Lime Pie with burnt pineapple and vanilla reduction ($10) has a lovely tartness with a caramelised pineapple finish.

Miss Marley's, Manly

For something warming on cold nights, finish with a Belgrave Blazer ($20) or a house-made Sangrita or Verdita with Partido Blanco Tequila.

More photographs of the venue below:

Miss Marley's's
Cosy Lounge

Miss Marley's, Manly

Miss Marley's, Manly
Garden Setting

Miss Marley's, Manly
Head Chef Carlos Almeida, Kasia Fijalek venue manager

Miss Marley’s is a welcoming bar and eatery with a touch of class. On a cold and wet Saturday night, the clientele is a mix of couples and small groups of friends relaxing over cocktails and shares plates. The cosy setting and eclectic decor give the venue an air of romance which makes it a popular choice for couples of on a date or even a date night.

With its relaxed and friendly vibe, Pan American food, cool upbeat tunes with a live DJ on the weekend, Miss Marley’s is a gem of a destination on the north side.

Photography © by Kevin Burke for Gourmantic – Copyright: All rights reserved.

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Miss Marley’s
31 Belgrave Street
Manly, NSW
Ph: (02) 8065 4805
Mon – Sat: 5:00 pm – 12:00 am
Sun: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm


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About the author

Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.