Bars Restaurants

Best New Sydney Restaurant & Bar Openings – July 2015

There’s always some change in the weather. The one thing that does not change is that Sydney always keeps humming with new and exciting bars and restaurants.

Bennelong Bar
Bennelong Bar


Chef Peter Gilmore put his stamp on a triumvirate of spaces in Sydney’s iconic Bennelong at the Opera House. The Restaurant showcases the local cuisine in a dining setting while Cured & Cultured offers a relaxed setting for a more casual experience. There is also The Bar for signature cocktails and a light supper.

Bennelong, Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney, NSW 2000

Luis Tans

Luis Tans gets you smiling as soon as you walk in to Latin rhythms being played. The dishes are an inspired mix of South America meets Asia. Dishes such as El pan de abuela and Mejillones con leche de coco are a must. Cocktails match well to the food and apart from wine there is a range of rum, pisco, sake and Japanese whisky available. Read our review of Luis Tans.

Luis Tans, 15/178 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach NSW 2026

Keppos & Co

Michael Rantissi brings a sibling Keppos & Co to the recently opened Casba centre in Danks St. You will continue to find that wonderful food that draws its inspiration from his childhood and from the Middle East, North Africa and the Mediterranean.

Keppos & Co, Shop 5 Casba, 18 Danks Street, Waterloo NSW 2017

Los Vida

Los Vida Mexican Restaurant & Bar heads north with the opening of its third venture serving up great Mexican street food alongside regional specialities. Add to this great cocktails and a solid list of tequila and mezcal, you may think you came via Benito Juarez and not the Highway. More about Los Vida Crows Nest.

Los Vida Mexican Restaurant & Bar, 419 Pacific Highway (Laneway entrance via Falcon St), Crow’s Nest NSW 2065


The second stage sees The Cross Eyed Dog open in Zanzibar on the middle level. With 1920’s themed decor serves up a range of cocktails with a page given over to American whiskey. The food has a touch of fun and a touch of Texas. Picante ‘Pop-Prawns’, Crab and Prawn Pizza and Gimme S’mores Salad to name a few. Read our review of The Cross Eyed Dog at Zanzibar.

Zanzibar, 323 King St, Newtown, NSW 2042

Supper Club InterContinental

Sitting atop the Intercontinental, the Supper Club has 27 champagnes to choose from while you soak up views of the harbour, Bridge and Opera House. The all Australian wine list features familiar and smaller vineyards and there is also a concise selection of rare cellar wines. Cocktails and beer are also served and a light supper menu is available.

Supper Club InterContinental, 117 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000 


Middlebar has opened in the space that was once Lo-Fi. With two dedicated spaces at the bar, one for gin and tonic where you customize with your choice of gin, tonic and garnish while the second station has a choice of eight daiquiris. Other cocktails are available as well as beer and wine. If you are peckish there is Johnny Wong’s Dumpling Bar at the back. Read our review of Middlebar.

Middlebar, Level 2, 383 Bourke St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Cruise Bar

Cruise Bar relaunches bringing new menus to its spaces. Charcuterie to seafood is served in a ground floor garden oasis or take a seat in the outdoor area while taking in the harbour. Upstairs is the Junk Lounge dishing up Asian street food available to be matched with cocktails while Siamese fighting fish are suspended in glass above diners.

Cruise Bar, Circular Quay West, The Rocks NSW 2000

The Village Inn

The Village Inn looks to its history from the mid 1800’s when this area was the hub for Paddington. Take in a snack or maybe a Burwich with a side of chips. More substantial dishes are also available to be accompanied by a range of tap and bottle beers and wine that is also available by the glass.

The Village Inn, 9-11 Glenmore Rd, Paddington NSW 2021


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Kevin Burke

Kevin Burke is the Co-Founder of Gourmantic. He was first carried onto a plane at 3 months old. He enjoyed it so much, most of his efforts have been to get back in them to travel. He has lived on 3 continents and in addition to his love of travel and food, he is passionate about wine, chocolate and music.