Having spent the last few years living abroad I now wish to rediscover my home city of Sydney to keep that 'travelling feeling' and share my findings with those that might want a bit of inspiration.
Published April 28th 2013
Lashing out without cashing out
As the working week nears the ends more and more Sydney bars allow us to indulge in evening drink specials. But for those who want to drink responsibly and enjoy some food alongside a tipple with friends; here a some fantastic locations where you can fill up without forking out the big $$s.
For an ideal girls night out (well there'll be some men there too) you can't head past Hugo's in Kings Cross on a Thursday night. Thursdays sees the Hugo's crew serving up $10 pizzas, tapas and best of all, $10 cocktails to wash them down with! Thin crusts and gorgeous toppings abound including old favourites such as traditional Hawaiian and newer favourites like pork belly. The wait staff aren't bad either!
Customs House Bar has been a Rocks/Wynyard fringe favourite for the suits and skirts for years. This mainstay venue just along from iconic live music venue The Basement dishes up nightly $12 specials alongside their consistent menu. Thursdays sees cottage pie take the main stage served with spinach, carrot and peas. Rug up against the elements and indulge in pie like your mama would make before heading down the road for some live tunes.
The lovely Bavarian Bier Café with its golden wood and blue accents will be drawing us in droves with their evening special Monday – Friday 4.30-7pm. Not only have they discounted their sliders to $3 a pop but they've discounted all four flavours so there is bound to be something to tickle all tastebuds from sweet corn to chilli dog. Quite filling, 3 would fill the average person for a meal so you're all full up for less than a tenner. Coupled with imported beer; when the cold evenings set in you'll properly be able to imagine yourself off over somewhere in Europe.
The ever-classy Arthouse Hotel is another inner-city establishment that offers daily food specials to encourage patrons to linger during the colder months. Whilst the white-tablecloth restaurant upstairs is serving up a delightful 2 courses for $39 per head (perfect for low-cost business dinners or stylish dates) the ground floor bar lays on two inexpensive offerings in addition to their regular menu on Thursday evenings. Between 5.30-8pm you can feast on $14 steak and drink with chips and gravy or for $7 try their classic spicy Buffalo wings.
If you want to increase your brain functionality they say you need to eat fish. And what's better on a wintry evening when you're water-side around the rocks than a dose of fresh fish and chips. The iconic Bar 100 serves up fish and chips with a glass of house wine or tap beer for only $15 on Thursdays and Sundays. With plenty of floors to choose from (they have 4) there's always going to be a nook or a cranny for you to while away the hours.