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Bars, Date, General, Manly, Restaurants, Suburb, Valentines


Plans for this weekend?

We have it each week, there it literally so much to do in Sydney that each weekend is fully booked about two month in advance – what I feel is important however is to not fall into the trap of doing the same thing every single weekend. There are so many amazing suburbs out there, which are host to many a hidden/ relatively unknown bar.

Each week I’m going to do a ‘Suburb in the Spotlight’ this week its Manly. Rather than go for the obvious, I’m going to profile the ‘lesser-known bars’ that remain the suburbs best kept secrets… until now…

This week the spotlight is on Manly

 Manly is one of Australia’s most renowned beaches, but lovers of the outdoors, food-lovers, bar-hoppers and shopaholics will know there’s much more to this iconic Sydney suburb than just surf and sand.

 Here is a profile of some of the bars that you should check out if you’re planning on visiting this stunning , seaside suburb.

Miss Marley’s

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before, I used to be a cocktail bar tender in my Manchester days. I loved it, great team, free alcohol and I loved knowing how to make a balanced cocktail with just the right amount of sugar syrup and lime juice. It also didn’t hinder the attention from the guys either, there seems to be something about bar staff and their desirability stakes shooting up the scale as they serve you a cocktail, shaken but not stirred (over crushed ice).

A seven can become and eight and a four can even become a respectable six, how does this happen?

So I was contacted by the lovely guys at Miss Marley’s in Manly with regards to its Cocktail Masterclass which they pitch as a great introduction into the art of mixology & the background of its Pan American drinks menu.

Get involved

They advise that their highly experienced & award winning bartenders will guide you & your group through the elements of this art, from its origins & history to the tricks of the trade.

Demonstrating two of Miss Marley’s most popular cocktails, the Margarita & one of our exquisite in house creations, then a Grand Finale “The Cocktail Cup” where you get a chance to create a future classic & they are the judge!

The Masterclass is for groups of 8-16 guests. Perfect for hens parties, networking, team building events or simply to show off at your next dinner party!

A selection of delicious canapés are served throughout…

You can expect to get involved, be inspired, in great spirit & in the know!

For more info contact Miss Marley’s on: (02) 8065 4805 or

 The Cantinero

 From the team that brought us Miss Marley’s tequila bar, comes a Mexican cantina just around the corner.


Tequila & Taco’s

The boss, The owner, The main man. The Cantinero – In Mexico you will find Cantinas all over the country, The Cantinero, is the owner of these fine establishments!

Cantinero is soon to be the talk of the town. In a Manly first, the team from recently nominated “Australian Small Bar of the Year 2011 Miss Marley’s” & Tequila Tromba of Mexico, have opened a “pop up / take over” bar concept

Where they transform local favourite, Ground Zero coffee house into a secret hideaway Cantina style venue by night. The Intriguing & ambient space with it’s lantern lined entrance leading to the intimate dining room & large outside terrace area is sure to get local movers and shakers buzzing for the coming summer nights.

Jumping on the bandwagon of the Mexican street style taco & botana craze sweeping Sydney right now.
Cantinero exec chef Lupita Manzo Moreno brings a wealth of “real mexican” flavour & tradition spins it around & delivers big flavour with a fresh, light modern twist on the ever popular street cuisine of Mexico. Cantinero serves up delicious taco’s and botanas for the more discerning of diners who are looking for a difference when it comes to Mexican as we know it.

Alongside the food will of course be Tequila! Recently launched premium Tequila Tromba will be the focus of the drinks menu with a small list of “must have cocktails & signature serves”.


4 Pines

4 Pines is a brewery come bar that is located opposite Manly Wharf, they have their own ales and they are amazing in my opinion! It has a great atmosphere and is regularly host to acoustic/ band performances from local Aussie talent.

Choices include their pale ale, kolsch and (my bessie fave) heferweizen.  From Mondays to Thursdays, the cinema and bar have a deal where for $33.00 you get a main meal in the 4 Pines restaurant and a movie ticket, while Mondays is ‘Monday Madness’ where you have the option of Mussels or Spaghetti & Meatballs + Pint for $20. There is also live music every Monday kicking off from 7:30pm.

It is a nice alternative to Manly Wharf and provides a more laid back ambience, perfect for a date or drinks with your friends. The balcony provides a perfect suntrap between the hours of 2 – 6, so if you’re wanting some al fresco drinking/ dining –  this is a great shout!

If you’re looking for something to do this Valentines, they have a great Mr and Mrs event taking place, further details below:

Here are some of the other places you should try to frequent whilst visiting/ staying in Manly:

The Manly Wharf Bar


Shore Club

Bavarian Beer Cafe

In Situ

Sugar Lounge

Steyne Hotel

Shore Club

Charlie Bar

Das Kaffeehaus

Fish Cafe Food & Wine Bar

Ivanhoe Hotel Manly

Jah Bar

New Brighton Hotel

Old Manly Boatshed


Shark Bar

Sunset Bar

The Celtic

The Pony Room


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  1. And not only is Manly great for all of the above , starting tomorrow is the ASP world tour. The equals many hot surfers , loads of great gigs and parties all hosted for this week long event.

    Posted by Sophie | February 10, 2012, 2:23 am
  2. Don’t forget the Manly Wine Bar with complimentary Wine Tasting on Wednesday and also China Beach – the most popular restaurant in Manly where books are essential and no walk in allowed – very popular amongst celebs ( I have eaten in there whilst Ronan Keaten & Mel B where sitting right next to us and ask me what I had ordered for my mains ) my favourite restaurant!!! 🙂

    Posted by Steven | February 16, 2012, 1:54 am
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