Dig deep
A slew of Sydney restaurants, bars and cafes are doing their bit to help those affected by the bushfires – here’s where the money from your coffee, cocktail or lunch will go a long way.

New openings
At this New Orleans-inspired bar, there’s wine that tastes like sausage rolls, chocolatey cocktails, a rooftop beer garden and a fridge chock full of American beer.

An inner-city Greek favourite has upped sticks for summer and moved temporarily to new harbourfront digs, where it’s dishing up moussaka, honey-drenched haloumi and cocktails spiked with ouzo.

The latest venue from the Rockpool group, an American-style sports bar, opens later this month and ticks a lot of boxes: Aperol Spritzes and Espresso Martinis on tap, servings of up to 100 fried chicken wings, Burger Project burgers and JD-and-coke slushies.

Head to this new Italian diner for a Mercedes chauffeur service, limoncello distilled in-house and a rare $10,000 single-malt whisky.

Add to diary
Up your cheese intake at this new festival dedicated entirely to the gooey stuff. You can down mac and four cheese, baked camembert and an oozy cheeseburger.

Ch-ch-changes
An iconic northern beaches pub has changed hands for the first time in 40 years.

Hot tips
From Italian-style green beans at Don Peppino’s in Paddington to burgers at Icebergs, here’s where you’ll find some of Sydney’s top chefs this summer (and what they’ll be eating).

Buttery pastry and an umami-bomb of a filling – Broadsheet writer Nicholas Jordan counts the reasons he loves Jilat Jilat’s chicken curry pie.

Eat on the cheap
More than 250 venues have signed up to give punters 50 per cent off their meals until February 9. Check out the full list here.