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The Cabana Bar

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by Dora Bona (subscribe)
A freelance writer, and amateur photographer Dora also teaches creative writing classes. Check out her website at
Published March 1st 2011

Once known as the North Sydney Rugby Club, the Cabana Bar and Lounge is a top favourite destination for smart drinking and dining on Sydney's North Shore. Situated in St. Leonards, the Cabana bar features a huge outdoor area, covered, heated and built for comfort.

A great after-work meeting place

Not many clubs have such a huge array of benefits and incentives to join. For a tiny $10, new members at Cabana bar and Lounge receive 2 complimentary drinks, exclusive member Happy Hour Monday to Wednesday, $10 discount to the big Melbourne Cup function at Cabana Bar, and exclusive use of outdoor event space.

But that's not all. New members also receive a 7 day gym pass, plus one personal training session valued at $109 at Oxygen Personal Fitness, $30 discount on any salon or spa treatment at Rejuvenate hair and Body Spa, and $30 off any treatment at Unravel the Knots Massage and Kinesiology .

If those are not enough reasons to make you want to join the Cabana bar and Lounge, then here are some more.

Food at Cabana bar is top class. The Cabana bistro is open for lunch and dinner every day. Personally I can highly recommend the Tapas Plate. It's like no other tapas I've ever had. You can choose from over 15 different delights on the menu but here's what I put together for my tasty tapas plate. Salt and lemon pepper calamari, meatballs in roasted tomato sauce, sweetcorn fritters with tomato and coriander jam, hommus dip, arancini and crispy battered artichoke hearts. Simply amazing flavours.

But if you want something more substantial, try the crispy skin atlantic salmon, or the 300 gram grain fed rib eye on the bone. Or if you like a great gourmet pizza, then you've come to the right place. There's also an extensive wine and cocktail list, prepared by expert bar staff.

If you feel energetic, then perhaps you might like to take part in Thursday night Pub Ping Pong. Along with $10 pizzas and drink specials, you'll also enjoy live acoustic music in the beer garden.

Remember, this is a Rugby Club, so if you're a fan of that code of football, there are plenty of big screen TV's for your viewing pleasure.

Cabana bar is family friendly, and on Sundays there's movies in the function room, with toys and face painting, a magician and even a jumping castle.

Family Sundays

There are several function areas at Cabana bar for private parties, weddings, corporate meetings or cocktail parties. The areas can accommodate 20 to 1200 guests, and there is an experienced function team to help you plan.
For all functions big or small

There are two levels of covered off-street parking directly beneath the venue and plenty of on-street parking too. St. Leonards train station is only 100 metres away, and there are taxis and bus stops less than 50 metres away.

Sound like the perfect place to make your home away from home? The Cabana Bar and Lounge certainly has it all.

Phone (02) 9436 4288 for any enquiries
Cabana Bar and Lounge
80 Christie Street
St Leonards NSW 2065

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Why? Because it's everything you want in a club
When: Every day
Where: St. Leonards, North Sydney
Cost: $10 to join the club
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