The sophisticated harbourside suburb of Potts Point is home to well-kept poodles, society heiresses, and ex-Prime Ministers—but these three exceptional bars and restaurants are all you’ll be talking about.
You can almost feel the palm fronds unfurling around you when you step into this French colonial garden oasis. It’s all green foliage, streaming sunlight, and high sandstone walls. Oh, and those spectacular views across the Domain, and Sydney’s skyline!
The Butler has reopened on a site that was the favoured haunt of Sydney celebrities from the ’70s, right through to the ’90s, so you adjust your sunglasses and affect some A-list nonchalance as you wait for your gin and rhubarb cocktail and freshly shucked oysters to arrive. It’s a wonderful way to enjoy a warm Sydney afternoon, but with so many delectable choices on the menu, you’re determined to stretch this dining experience out as long as possible. You and your friends end up watching the flamingo sunset with a smorgasbord of scallop ceviche, spicy creole sliders, and prawn gumbo.
The Butler carries on the French-Caribbean influence of the original ‘Butler Restaurant’ in this building. It has an airier, more contemporary feel, but there’s similar potential for a celebrity sighting—or better yet, VIP treatment for yourself.
You’re in a bustling, neon-lit bar in Hong Kong. No, a graffiti-scrawled Melbourne laneway. Or perhaps a friend’s veggie garden courtyard in Sydney’s inner west? Actually, you’re in Ms. Gs, a hip Asian restaurant in Potts Point.
This place has dining spaces across four eclectic floors, and a very kooky, modern sensibility. You decide to start at the communal table downstairs, where you can watch dishes emerge from the clattering kitchen with astonishing speed. Several Asian influences are on the menu, as are creative dishes to please both omnivores and vegetarians. Try the kingfish ceviche, the textured vegan salad, the eggplant tempura, or the fragrant red crab curry. If you’re feeling adventurous, there’s the ‘Curry Puff Jaffle,’ a toasted sandwich with Singaporean chicken curry and buffalo mozzarella. After dinner, head upstairs to the funky bar, where the bartenders serve cocktails with irreverent names like Good Morning Vietnam and Ginger Ninja.
You haven’t been to Potts Point until you’ve eaten at Monopole, a wine bar and eatery on trendy Macleay Street. It’s known for its huge selection of rare and boutique wines (more than 500), and its inviting décor of gleaming chrome, and rich, dark, wood.
The focus here is on delectable small plates and cheese platters, paired with the perfect drop chosen by your sommelier. But there’s also a full menu with dishes to feast on (think slow-roasted suckling pig) for large parties. You and your friend decide you’re happy to soak up the atmosphere at the bar, where you can enjoy the bartender’s poetic descriptions of dishes like baby sweetcorn with tamarind yoghurt dressing, and scampi with hazelnut butter.