The North Shore's snug saloons




Known for its tantalising selection of oversized burgers – like the Spicy Texan; its pun-derful cocktails like the Respect Your Elderflowers and Whiskey Business; and its vast array of craft beers, The Hayberry has fast become one of the lower North Shore’s favourite haunts.

It may be a little ‘Newtown’ in some respects, but it is fiercely local, even boasting ‘Bring back the North Sydney Bears’ graffiti. 

It is also well set up for the colder months, as there is booth and bar seating inside, with warmth radiating out to the cosy beer garden. 

97 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest / 0478 488 385 /


With plush leather lounges surrounding a centrally positioned fireplace, the Treehouse screams winter wonderland.

It has long been the choice for North Sydney CBD workers looking for a more premium offering for their Friday knock-off session or long lunch during the week, and with its mouth-watering selection of curated Beatles-inspired cocktails, it’s not hard to see why.

Even Yoko gets a start, with an exciting mix of shochu, St-Germain, crème de menthe and green tea.

Highly experienced head chef David Maisey has set an upmarket menu, featuring such dishes as confit duck, eye fillets, and housemade gnocci, and fresh seafood starters sure to impress your company.

60 Miller Street, North Sydney / 8458 8980 /


This almost hidden gem off bustling Falcon Street boasts a carpeted living room space with armchairs and a toasty fireplace for your winter drinking enjoyment – need we say more?

It has an extensive list of craft beers and wines; as well as a selection of must-try cocktails, including my favourite the El Medico (Patron silver tequila, mezcal, ginger agave and smoked paperbark – which can be jalapeno-infused).

It’s a chilly June evening and you’re feeling a bit peckish? Fear not, because The Foxtrot has also turned out a menu brimming with warm delights, such as house-made Nepalese dumplings, jaffles and buffalo wings.

28 Falcon Street, Crows Nest / 0448 890 470 / 


How can you exclude the North Shore institution that is The Oaks?

Sure, you’ll have to rug up on a frosty evening if you plan to grab a table around the famous 80-year-old oak tree and enjoy the buzz of the beer garden, but there also plenty of areas that offer refuge from the cold too.

The new Taffy’s bar is one such escape. A place where you can watch all your favourite sports from close to 20 screens, order a hotdog and wings and enjoy a warming cocktail from your leather booth. Or head up to Alala’s eatery, which has its very own fireplace, warming diners as they enjoy an exotic menu and signature cocktails such as Alala’s Pearl Diver

118 Military Road, Neutral Bay / 9953 5515 /


Feel like some good ol’ country hospitality in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Cremorne, well look no further than the Town and Country.

Head into this cosy space, grab a bar stool, order a craft beer or a cocktail – say Adelaide’s Charm, and then relax to the live music playing in the corner.

With affable bartenders, daily happy hours and even trivia nights, it is the sort of place you want to make your local. Oh and you’ve got to try the ‘Low ‘n’ Slow’ pulled pork burger! Each menu item is also matched with its ideal beverage partner.

2/350 Military Road, Cremorne / 9904 4668 /

Joe McDonough, Editor-in-Chief, North Shore Living Magazine

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