We’ve put together a list of the very best places to stay warm this winter. With mulled wine, mulled cider, open fires and hearty winter fare, we’re sure you won’t go cold!
Since I Left You, Sydney CBD
One of Sydney CBD’s best-kept secrets, Since I Left You oozes old world charm. Hidden away in a heritage-listed storehouse, it boasts three distinct areas: The Courtyard, with a spectacular 18-metre tall and fairly lights, The Carriage-way, which is bathed in warm light and entices you off the, and The Inside Bar, with Art Deco touches and romantic candlelight. This winter, as they do every year, they’re serving delicious mulled wine ($10 glass). Take it into the courtyard and snuggle under a lap blanket, or stay inside — either way it’s delicious!
Since I Left You
338 Kent St, Sydney NSW
Phone: (02) 9262 4986
The Little Guy, Glebe
With a chilled, fun vibe and unlimited free popcorn, The Little Guy is the place to be this winter. It’s got an eclectic bar filled with exotic bottles, and exciting things happening most nights of the week. A huge window looks out onto the buzzing Glebe Point Road, which makes it the perfect spot to sip on a generous glass of mulled wine ($8 glass) and people watch. The team are friendly and always up for a chat, so pop on down and get involved.
87 Glebe Point Road, Sydney NSW
Phone: (02) 8084 0758
The Rose Hotel, Chippendale
A laid-back venue with one of the best beer gardens going, The Rose Hotel is a popular watering hole for all sorts. It’s a funny building, with fresco-style ceilings and vintage lighting fixtures, with pool tables out back and a fish tank right in the centre of the bar! As they do most winters, they’re serving deliciously fresh mulled wine ($8). The ambience is friendly and welcoming, and there’s always something going on every night of the week.
The Rose Hotel
52-54 Cleveland Street, Chippendale, Sydney NSW
Phone: (02) 9318 1133
The Powder Keg, Potts Point
One of the classiest gin joints in Sydney, The Powder Keg are offering you something very special this winter — made-to-order mulled wine ($32 for the whole thing) is brewed and infused right in front of you! Using intricate contraptions and a little bit of theatre, it’s a spectacular experience. It is poured for you right from the glass bowl, ensuring it’s perfectly piping hot. The venue lends itself to intimate, romantic gatherings, with a mirrored wall lined with booths, dimmed lighting and sultry jazz playing in the background.
The Powder Keg
7 Kellett St, Potts Point, Sydney NSW
Phone: (02) 8354 0980
The Lord Raglan, Redfern
A haven for craft beer lovers, The Lord Raglan are doing something different to stay warm this winter. They’re serving sweet, spicy, delicious mulled cider ($9 jar), staying true to their brewing roots. A cinnamon stick is scorched right in front of you, adding to the sensational aromas leaking from the pot, then wrapped in orange peel and put in a glass and covered with the hot, golden liquid. Decked out with pinball machines and an extensive menu it’s a favourite watering hole for locals.
The Lord Raglan
12 Henderson Road
(Cnr Wyndham St)
Redfern, Sydney NSW
Phone: (02) 9699 4767
The Commons Local Eating House, Darlinghurst
Located just metres from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street, The Commons Local Eating House is a little oasis of rustic luxury. This winter, snuggle up next to their roaring open fire, drink mulled wine ($8 mug) out of their cute little tin cups, and try any or all of the dishes from their seasonal menu. Highlights include the mind-bogglingly creative Pickled Vegetable Salad with horseradish ice cream ($23), and their incredible Apple, Rhubarb & Mulled Wine Crumble ($14). After dinner, if you’re in on a Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday, head downstairs to their Downtown Bar for some live jazz and blues.
The Commons Local Eating House
32 Burton Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney NSW
Ohone: (02) 9358 1487
The Duck Inn, Chippendale
What’s quackin’ at The Duck Inn? Glühwein ($8.50), that’s what! The best place to drink it is outside in the garden, huddled around their glorious fire pit. Alternatively, find a cosy nook inside, order some of their heartwarming dishes, and you’ll be set. If you’re feeling brave (and hungry!) try their divine Eight Hour Braised Lamb Shoulder ($65 for two). The venue is modern and rustic, but intimate, with many charming nods to their namesake, and it’s a great pre-theatre dining option for those heading to the Seymour Centre for a show.
The Duck Inn
74 Rose St, Chippendale, Sydney NSW
Phone: (02) 9319 4415