Coffee & Drinks in Sydney

I seemed to always be chasing around during my time in Sydney so didn’t find much time for coffee or drinks.

I had a pretty good espresso at the Expresshouse Coffee in Woolloomooloo, then I lingered for a couple of cups at the excellent Aslan in The Rocks. The Aceh I tried there was locally roasted and absolutely superb.

We had an enjoyable beer at Freda’s in Chippendale before dinner at Ester. It looked a good artsy live music venue.

After dinner we stopped in at Palmer & Co, which was a high volume cocktail bar near to where I was staying. I had a crackin’ bees knees there and a half decent Manhattan. The cocktails were certainly to a very good standard considering the number of people thronging the place.

During an afternoon wander we stopped for a drink at the Opera Bar in the iconic Opera House. We enjoyed a bottle of Innocent Bystander moscato which seemed a fitting choice given it was one of the Yarra Valley wineries we’d visited.

Finally, I had the happy coincidence of the new Observatory Bar at The Langham, where I was staying, opening the weekend I was there. I caught the vibrant strains of the launch party on the Friday night, then popped into check it out properly on the Saturday.

Their menu boasted a dazzling array of wines all served by the glass, including some starry fizzes. The cocktail list had some innovative and high production numbers.

I tried the Dark Matter which came garnished with a airy sponge cake on stem filled with edible flowers. They offer an excellent range of vermouth so I ordered a Manhattan which was delivered to a very high standard.

Next evening I had a little pre-dinner martini which they made using a small batch Riesling gin called Ferdinand. It was splendid.

And that was about it for my flying visit to Sydney. The only other notable thing was that restaurant coffee was nowhere near as good as in Melbourne with the espresso from Bentley notably dreadful. Otherwise I had a lovely time lightly sampling in this highly picturesque city.

Written by BKR