A free-spirit studying psychology at the University of Sydney.
Published May 18th 2016
For a breather and a beer
Sydney CBD is always on the go. Sometimes it's nice to step back from the crowd of commuters, especially when you're a storey or two above them with a coldie in hand. Verandah is a bustling bar and bistro in the hub of Martin Place, yet it seemed a relaxing enough spot for a breather, some Parmigiana, and some people watching.
The stylish, sizeable venue stretches between Elizabeth and Castlereagh Streets. It boasts a balcony, or verandah if you will, that keeps it true to its name. Take a seat at the rustic timber benchtop out on the terrace and take in the sights of the city as you sip away at that glass of beer you've been hanging out for - or cider, bubbly, whatever your poison.
When you're ready, wander over to the bar to order. In a sea of stools and tall wooden tables, I consider this the 'feature wall' of Verandah, well, the main bar and bistro anyway. There's also a front bar, and restaurant & wine bar. See what I mean by the funky lampshades and busy black and white wall lined by shiny bottles of grog.
If you're in the mood for one of your classic pub feeds, turn your attention to the weekly specials board. There is a day-to-day rotation of deals like the $12 schnitties on Tuesdays, and burgers on Thursdays. From what I've seen, special or not, the meals are generous, good value, and as one of the Verandah claims to fame go, won't 'break the budget'. It's a nice gesture.
I was certainly struggling to get through my Parmigiana (not on special - was $15-18, totalling about $23 with an ice-coffee). The flavoursome crumbed chicken coated in Italian toppings, with a bed of chips and salad, was however ideal to munch on over the course of conversation. My friend was on the same wavelength regarding her Grilled Chicken with salad ($12).
There weren't many people on our Tuesday afternoon, giving the impression Verandah may truly be an oasis in a precinct of offices. It doubles up as a decent hangout for when you've called it a day. I've earmarked the drink deals they advertise for weekdays - $5 Schooners and $5 Glasses of Wine Monday through Thursday (5pm to 7pm), and $5 Corona, Peroni and Smirnoff on Friday nights.
Whether it's midday, midweek, or in the wake of it all, Verandah extends its welcome to you to get the drinks flowing, have a decadent feed, and unwind, all while watching Sydney City full of life in the open air.