One of Sydney’s most culturally significant precincts is also one of the most happening. While it’s still in development, there’s plenty on offer right now.
Blond timber furniture and splashes of sky blue set the scene for head chef Morris Baco’s all-day menu, which is brimming with buckwheat blinis and miso-seasoned king salmon. The café is bright, airy and high-ceilinged but may feel tiny on weekends, thanks to the crowds. Get in early and definitely book ahead.
Chef Hamish Ingham and sommelier Rebecca Lines (formerly Bar H) are behind this vermouth bar and bistro that features a glass-walled dining room spilling onto an outdoor terrace. There are 30 vermouths and 100 wines to choose from, while dishes range from grilled prawns with lashings of curry-leaf butter to a blue swimmer crab risotto.
With a glass wall that mimics the shape of the Barangaroo headland, Cirrus is the jewel in the precinct’s dining crown. If the staggering ceiling installation – complete with a vintage speedboat suspended above the diners – doesn’t impress you, the sparkling water views, sommelier Nick Hildebrandt’s 500-strong wine list and Brent Savage’s fine-dining fare will.
Born by Tapavino
With more than 50 sherries and 300 Spanish wines, this offshoot of CBD bolthole Tapavino is an ode to all drinks Spanish – from refreshing cavas to full-bodied syrahs. Nab a table or a stool at the bar in the long dining room with its golden glow or opt for twilight in the outdoor area.
Sazerac cocktails are the order of the day at this New Orleans-inspired smokehouse and bar with Colonial-style interiors – think shutter windows and cane furniture. Also on offer are more than 600 American whiskies and other colourful cocktails ranging from the Rue Royal to the Hurricane.
Home to the chic Henry Deane rooftop bar with panoramic harbour views, this svelte six-storey brick hotel also boasts eight guestrooms with Hamptons-like elegance. There is no air conditioning or room service – just lots of character provided by ceiling fans, handpainted murals, tiled Federation-style ensuites and sea-blue curtains and cushions.
Join an Aboriginal tour Barangaroo takes its name from a Cammeraygal woman who lived in the area when the British first arrived. Explore the precinct’s history on its Aboriginal Cultural Tours.
Shop David Jones’ first concept store – a fine edit of local and international brands – is just the ticket. There’s also Peter’s of Kensington, Belancé for bespoke tailoring and The Waiting Room for labels such as Céline.
But first, caffeine…
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