The Best Bars in Manly

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Like Sydney’s other iconic beachside suburb, Manly is where you can stroll into a bar and get a banging Margarita with sand still clinging to your ankles. But no matter where you find yourself along the Corso, there’s plenty of variety to be found. Looking for a sexy wine bar or an upmarket pub with a shady beer garden? You’ll find it on this list.

  • Fire-driven cooking is the specialty at this sultry backstreet bar. The menu is backed up by cocktails on tap, and around 300 natural wines to try.

  • Natural wine and handmade pasta from the crew behind Chica Bonita and Sunset Sabi.

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  • Look behind the old wood door at the back of the Cove deli and you'll find The Cumberland – one of Sydney's finest underground bars. The drinks list includes 250 whiskies, an impressive wine cellar and three distinct cocktail lists. Plus a hearty food offering that includes melty raclette.

  • A New York-style bar with exposed brick and copper piping throughout.

  • Parts of the beer community were dismayed when the world’s largest brewing company, AB InBev, acquired 4 Pines at the end of 2017. But nothing much has changed since then. The team continues to produce a superb core range (we like the slightly malty pale ale) and genuinely interesting seasonals and one-offs. As the name implies, the brand’s wharfside HQ is better established than most, with a true pub feel.

  • A literary-themed cocktail bar complete with menus stapled into the pages of old children's storybooks. But that's as high-minded as the place gets: it also serves chicken nuggets and VB tinnies.

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  • This rustic little bolthole, hidden in a Manly back alley, is one of the seaside suburb's most popular and enduring eateries. We can see why. The laid-back atmosphere belies just how seriously this team take their food.

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  • Whisky and vegan burgers.

  • This intimate wine bar nods to days gone by with an expansive list of drops, Basque-inspired pintxos, live pianists and a library stacked with antique books.