With spring upon us, it’s time to get out and enjoy the warmer nights with good food and drink.

Stanley Street in Darlinghurst is the perfect spot to head for after work drinks or a weekend family dinner, with a fantastic spread of cosy cocktail bars and diverse restaurants which are all snugly next door to one another. Here are some of our favourite picks from Stanley Street and beyond.


Lucky Suzie

Lucky Suzie produces stunning traditional Malaysian food with a modern twist – the Malaysian curry with cruciferous vegetables is a great place if you’re a newcomer to Malaysian cuisine. From there, Lucky Suzie’s menu is sure to surprise and tempt you all the way through to dessert.

78 Stanley Street
Monday-Friday 12pm & 6pm-late, Saturday-Sunday 11am & 6pm-late

Dumplings & Beer Darlinghurst

flat lay of dumplings, duck pancakes, sauces and tea

Dumplings & Beer in Darlinghurst (Image: Supplied)

This simple little eatery has some of the tastiest dumplings – we recommend their duck wraps and prawn gow gee which arrive quickly and are best matched with a Lord Nelson’s Ale or Sapporo. This place fills up early, so be sure to arrive early to guarantee a table, however ordering is made efficient with their ordering slip system.

83 Stanley Street
Tuesday-Sunday 12pm-10pm


The Long Goodbye

This film-noir inspired cocktail bar has no menu, giving you the ability to create the cocktail of your dreams, or perhaps settle for your usual poison. We recommend ordering anything that includes spiced rum, as they make their own concoction which is generously spicy and paired perfectly with ginger ale or beer and a generous serving of fresh lime.

1/83 Stanley Street
Tuesday-Saturday 5pm-12am, Sunday 5pm-10pm

Love, Tilly Devine

Love, Tilly Devine in Darlinghurst (Image: Supplied)

Love, Tilly Devine heroes wine, offering over 300 different options. It is a cosy nook not far from Stanley Street that pays homage to the legendary Tilly Devine and has room for only forty patrons with a small collection of classic cocktails and a choice of two to three starters, mains and desserts.

91 Crown Lane
Tuesday-Saturday 5pm-12am

Shady Pines Saloon

Shady Pines is the ultimate after-work drinks destination, with an endless amount of peanuts and decor to keep you fascinated for hours, this Wild West-themed basement bar sits quietly just off the bustling Oxford Street and is a 5 minute walk from Stanley Street.

4/256 Crown Street
7 days 4pm-12am

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