Old Mate's Place
Locate the discrete ground-level entrance on Clarence Street and then make your way up four levels of steep, narrow stairs. The 60-capacity venue is filled with brown-leather booths in front of bookcases, and foliage peeping from every nook and cranny. To access the drawcard rooftop bar you’ll need to climb another set of stairs (this space closes at 10pm). There’s more greenery and punters have 360-degree views of the city’s skyscrapers.
There’s a short and sharp cocktail list, and guests are offered a mini amuse bouche cocktail when they arrive. Sink your teeth into a hefty Philly cheese steak, (a vegetarian version is available). There’s also a rotating selection of deli meats and ploughman’s plates, as well as a “waffle croque monsieur”, made with roasted cauliflower bechamel, double-smoked ham and parmesan.