Modelled on the little bars dotted around New York’s Lower-East Side, Donny's was created by Manly local Matt Clifton. Clifton, who’s also behind The Cumberland, took the former site of Space Bar back to its raw materials: exposed brick, exposed ceilings, hardwood bench tops, copper bar tops and exposed copper piping.
The warmly lit main bar downstairs is the place to go for house cocktails, boilermakers and Margaritas that do away with the tried and true recipe. There’s one with hibiscus and chilli, and a charred pineapple number with caramel syrup and lime. You’ll also find a curated selection of hard-to-find beers, a good range of natural and classic wines.
Up the spiral staircase, Cali Kitchen brings a southern California atmosphere to the Manhattan-style loft space. The inspiration is SoCal street food with an Australian spin: tacos stuffed with crispy haloumi or pulled pork, southern fried chicken served with a tangy Cali Baja sauce, and kingfish ceviche topped with pressed green apple dressing and eschalots.
Upstairs is ideal for weekend long lunches, when it’s bottomless Margaritas and three-course feasts for $75 per person. Otherwise, there’s meal and drink specials (almost) every night of the week.