The Five Best Food and Cocktail Pairings in Sydney

There’s not much more to life than good food. Except, of course, when you pair good food with cocktails. Sydney is a city that appreciates food for more than its sheer practicality, and our diverse eateries compete to create flavour experiences that leave you wanting more. Here is our comprehensive list of bites and booze.

Barrio Cellar

58 Elizabeth St, Sydney

This industrial-chic bar and eatery specialises in Mexican street food and cocktails. A highlight of their menu is the pescado fish taco, which stays true to classics with cabbage, pico de gallo, and tomatillo piled high. Naturally, pair this with tequila in the mixed form of the Rhubarbra Streisand, with Cointreau, lemon and fresh rhubarb syrup to complement and balance out the fresh flavours.


267 Cleveland St, Redfern

Channel your inner Viking at Mjolner, where you’re encouraged to choose your own weapon (read: knife) to cut into your chosen beast (read: Braised short rib). Go the whole nine yards and pair your feast with a cocktail inspired by iconic Viking Eric the Red, with Vodka, port, beetroot, and horseradish, which looks so eerily like blood, it might be.

Bloodwood Restaurant and Bar

416 King St, Newtown 

If you’re hankering for a slightly more modern ambiance, Bloodwood is the perfect combination of edgy and contemporary. Their charcuterie board is perfect for sharing and grazing, pairing amazingly with their Afternoon Martini, with flavours of rosemary and citrus marmalade. Now that’s how you lunch.

Maybe Frank

417-421 Bourke St, Surry Hills 

Maybe Frank is a fresh way to experience traditional Italian cuisines. With everything from caprioskas to capricciosas, you really can’t mess this one up. We recommend their Netflix and Chill cocktail, simply based on the name alone (and it has popcorn in it!), with anything from their pizza or dessert menu.

Ms G’s

155 Victoria Street, Potts Point

Ms G’s is the best elements of Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and American cuisine combined. It’s one of Sydney’s most unique eateries, boasting cheeseburger spring rolls and bubble tea filled with an alco-pop. Jow’s sweet and sour lamb ribs are a menu must-have, going well with the Mr Miyagi cocktail with its Plymoouth Gin, Sake, crème de peche and lemon to balance the sweetness. Did we mention the cocktails are served in cast iron teapots?

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Photo Credit: Mjolner, Maybe Frank, Ms G’s