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 February 8th 2014
Dine for a dollar
Everyone loves a bargain and everyone loves to nibble when they're relaxing and indulging over a few glasses - responsible drinking involves lining your stomach after all!
Several eateries/drinking holes have acknowledged that cheap food will attract the patrons like mad and welcome the rise of bargain hunters with open arms. Here is our pick of the top $1 items in Sydney.
Hidden away behind a bright pink and white doorway reading 'Bobby's BossDogs' that looks more in place with a 1950's diner is a dark, discreet, and delectable bar called Soda Factory. If it's not on your radar yet you are months behind, as Tuesdays $1 dogs have been nurturing the stomachs of students, backpackers and office workers for several months.
The Tuesday offering is a revised menu with five special dogs to choose from. At $1 they are probably the most filling of our $1 deals; one will nurture you, two will more than fill you. Leave the rest of the cash for your drinks, or lash out on some chilli fries.
If you're not too far from Bondi Junction, make sure you head to Chimmi's (Level 2 at The Eastern) on a Wednesday where, for every drink you purchase, up to three $1 taco's can be yours.
With Mexican food on a definite rise in Sydney the flavours are developing. Gone are the days of Mexican slop and in are contemporary flavour-bursting mouthfuls. Coupled with happy hour between 5 and 7pm, Wednesdays are now the new top night to catch up with mates in the eastern suburbs. You might even walk away with change from a $20 after three drinks and dinner. Keep up to date on other specials via their Facebook page.
For CBD workers, Wednesday is the evening where people start to relax and linger longer after work. If you wish to tickle your tastebuds with tastes from the deep, head to The Morrison to indulge in $1 oysters between 6 and 7pm in the bar.
Single ladies rejoice; this bar is usually full of suits so just make sure you bring some breath mints if you intend to bat your lashes when happy hour (and oyster hour) finishes at 7pm.
Following a refurbishment in 2013, The Balmain, in the namesake inner western suburb, has rolled up its socks and entered the realm of cheap and cheerful to lure the young guns midweek. Following suit from Johnny Wong's and Soda Factory, Mondays sees the bar serving up hot dogs at $1 a piece, whilst Thursdays is dumpling night, also at $1 a mouthful (that is – if you eat the whole dumpling in one go). Two wings on a Wednesday is the return on a dollar, and with happy hour between 3 and 6pm ensuring cheap beer and house wine, you're sure to find yourself partaking in both evenings.
74 Mullens Street, Balmain
The Balmain alternates between hotdogs & dumplings
Walking past the Fox Hole during rush hour in the city, one would be forgiven for thinking that this bar is a nicely-done lunchtime café. Café by day, table-service bar by night, this venue is a secret of the city. Staffed by friendly young things who know their stuff, you are immediately welcomed into their fold and may never want to leave. Steaming hot dumplings that rival the quality of Chinese dumpling dens are served up at $1 a pop. The dumpling fillings are generous and flavourful, a pleasure to taste. Head there soon before word gets out and the venue trends to the point that you cannot get a table.
Now whilst this might be stretching the $1 title, the price hasn't yet hit $2 so we wanted to include an item that might be a bit moreish for those that like, well, a little more! The Cock n Bull, Bondi Junction's Irish pub serves up $0 steaks - yes that's right, $0 steaks every Thursday from 6pm. Sides are $1.70, so round out your steak to make it a meal and you'll still have change from the smaller gold coin whilst enjoying a hearty balanced meal. This deal is contingent upon a drinks purchase so lash out, why not buy two? You can probably afford it after getting the cheapest steak in Sydney.