Sydney is flush with incredible outdoor gardens, harbour-side bars and airy new-wave pubs. And according to our research, summer is predisposed to distributing a large amount of sunshine around the city, making it the perfect season for sipping cider and taking it all in. In this spirit, we’ve rounded up five of the best summer and cider-friendly places to test our theory.
Here are our five favourite spots in Sydney to have a summer cider.
This bar and restaurant on the waterside strip between the Opera House and Circular Quay has probably the best harbour views of any public bar in Sydney. Usually venues with such spectacular surrounds are so tourist-dollar hungry they neglect to match their offering to the scenery. Not here. Snacks include Australia’s best local charcuterie and cheese, Jack’s Creek premium beef, and an incredible range of raw or lightly dressed Australian seafood. That’s all matched behind the bar with a sharp, mid-length drinks list including ciders like Bonamy’s and Dirty Granny.
You’ve got two options at the Woollahra. One is Bistro Moncur, the kind of up-market French restaurant you’d take your parents to for a celebration – or take a date you’re really trying to impress. The other option is the Terrace, the casual Friday- and Saturday-night choice.
When it comes to summer drinks, both offer good options. At Bistro Moncur you can pair your brew of choice with some handmade potato and ricotta gnocchi, or a confit duck cassoulet. But the terrace is better able to provide sun on your skin. With a solid range of crisp, tapped brews and a fridge stocked with many more local and imported craft beers and ciders, the sun-drenched garden is custom built to enjoy them in. And if it looks like rain? The roof is retractable.
Li’l Darlin Darlinghurst
Li’l Darlin is famous for its crazy drinks list and duck pizza (it’s all the elements of Peking duck, plus mozzarella, on a pizza). But it’s also known for its good vibe – a bit of a feelgood oasis in Darlinghurst. There’s a diverse wine list, a rotating selection of tap brews and at least five ciders to choose from, including Bonamy’s crisp unsweetened Apple Cider.
Green Park Hotel
When the Green Park Hotel opened in 1893 on Victoria Street in Darlinghurst, its original owners couldn’t have predicted what it would be today. There’s a dedicated G&T menu and a range of commercial and craft brews on tap. Then there’s regular live music and DJs playing either rock ballads or old-school disco. The best spots to enjoy all this are the pub’s newly renovated booth-flanked lounge and the pristine garden complete with vertical gardens.
Woolwich Pier Hotel
This pub nails everything. The tree-shaded courtyard, sunny dining room and scenic balcony provide three spectacular summer drinking spots. The menu is sharp, but not too conceptual, and provides simply great pub food. On Sundays the kitchen prepares an English lamb or pork roast comparable to the one your English granny makes. Best of all, the bar stocks 16 beers and ciders combined, including Bonamy’s Cider on tap. Sit under the fairy lights in the backyard terrace bar and embrace summer.
This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Bonamy’s Cider. Made using 100% whole-pressed Tasmanian apples and French winemaking techniques, Bonamy’s Cider is a dry style of cider perfect for summer.