Mary's On Top
Access the rooftop via a small doorway on Knox Street. Then follow the hands (it’s a Mary’s venue, so the hands have an extended middle finger) stencilled on the walls of the concrete stairwell up to the rooftop.
The astro-turfed outdoor space was previously used by the hostel that still occupies the space between the roof and the Lansdowne’s live-music floor. Its view stretches out past Chippendale, Newtown and Glebe, making it a beautiful place to watch the sunset. At one end there’s an outdoor kitchen, and at the other, a small bar selling tinnies (no tap beer) and vino, with festooned lighting strung between. The sun-soaked venue is in stark contrast to other Mary’s operations, where illumination is turned low.
Unique as its abundance of vitamin D may be, it’s got all of Mary’s food staples: the eponymous Mary’s burger; fried chicken; and mash and gravy. There are also vegan alternatives for every menu item, headlined by that vegan cheeseburger we’ve been dreaming about since it first appeared at Mary’s Circular Quay.