Summer drinks ain't nothing without a killer place to consume them. How you gonna sip sangria or spritz in a sweaty takeaway store?
We've used our professional knowledge in the area of summer drinking spots to make a list of venues for you to visit for bevs this season. (Because when else will we find use for this ridiculously specific information?)
Time for some happy hour hopping. 😏
BLUE FISH (Darling Harbour)
Stacks on stacks of premium seafood and a few too many glasses of champagne. That is exactly how we want to spend every single summer afternoon.
Take an umbrella shaded seat out the front & take in that Darling Harbour view. Go here on a first date and we are 90% sure there will be a second. (Although we take no responsibly if there's not. That's on you.😇)
tl;dr | Lots of seafood. Lots of champagne.
MEAT DISTRICT CO
If small snacks won't suffice for your summer drinks sesh, we're gonna recommend Meat District Co. Here you can grab a full or half rack of beef or pork ribs, 350g rib eye and even a CROCODILE burger... If you're into that?
On a very important side note, their house cocktails are ALWAYS $10. We would recommend the 'Captain Perky Booty.' Only because it would be really fun to say "can I please have the Captain Perky Booty." There's also a really nice area for outdoor drinks.
tl;dr | A "perky booty" cocktail and a crocodile burger.
BLACKBIRD CAFE (Darling Harbour)
If the heat isn't doin' much for you, it might be time to retreat to someplace shaded, indoors... With cocktails. Blackbird brings the outside in with a wall of potted plants, open windows with Harbour views, and a gorgeous indoor garden gazebo.
Their cocktail list is ridiculously large and we're all about it - especially the 'Mango Slapper.' With $10 drink specials, it's the perfect place for bevs before your night out. 😏
tl;dr | The mother of all cocktail menus and a killaaa view.
MAD PIZZA E BAR (Bondi | Darlinghurst | Potts Point | Surry Hills)
Summer at Mad Pizza E Bar is lookin' like ice cold Negronis and an impressive spread of pizzas. With four locations and drinks specials every single nights, this one is about to become your summer staple.
We're predicting consistent consecutive visits and some serious cocktail consumption. Before you know it, you'll be on a first name basis with the waitress, asking for "the usual."
tl;dr | Negronis and a mean pizza spread.
HAVANA BEACH (Manly)
Absolute favourite. Right on Manly beach, Havana Beach is serving alcohol from 7am; because a cocktail for breakfast is much more effective than a cappuccino... Mimosa anyone? 😜
Later in the afternoon (or in the morning if you like, they're not judging) check out out the rest of their cocktail menu. Classic cocktails, five types of mojitos, caipirinhas, martinis and daiquiris. You'll probably see us there. With 10 tacos and a Mai Tai.
tl;dr | FLAMING tiki cocktails and Mex on the beach.
Easiest way to feed the whole gang? TWO METRES of pizza and a double stacked dessert platter. Problem solved. You'll all be well fed for your day long summer sesh.
Combine this with XL communal cocktails, a two for one happy hour, shots & plenty beer - then we're really talking. Count. Us. IN!
tl;dr | Communal cocktails, 2 metre pizza and dessert platters.