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Taste of Sydney, a tour of the breweries, distilleries and coffee roasters

The low down on Sydey's best breweries, distilleries and coffee roasters.

Sydney is a city known for its iconic landmarks, killer shopping, dining scene and nightlife. It’s also full to the brim of watering holes of every kind, quenching the thirst of locals and visitors alike. We take a tour through the city and neighbouring suburbs to find some of Sydney’s best wine bars, independent coffee roasters, breweries and distilleries!

Wake up the senses with a caffeine fix

Kick start the day the right way by paying a visit to one of Sydney’s top cafés and coffee roasters for your morning pick-me-up. Here’s three of the best:
Single O Roasters
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Previously known as Single Origin Roasters, Single O Roasters is a local favourite, so much so that their nickname for the place eventually stuck and was made official! You’ll find Single O cafés in Surry Hills, Botany and the CBD so a great coffee is never too far away. Hungry bellies aren’t ignored here either, with the menu offering classic brekky bites like eggs on toast, muffins and N.L.T – next level toasties (only at Single O CBD). Think mushroom with provolone, truffle oil and green salad or chicken, kale and spiced mayo – yum!
Getting there
Put your kicks on and hit the pavement. It’s a great way to see the city and work up an appetite.  
Single O Surry Hills, 60-64 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Single O Botany, 28B Cranbrook Street, Botany NSW 2019
Single O CBD, 89 York Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Reuben Hills
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Head across to Reuben Hills in Surry Hills where they’re plating up South American cuisine alongside stellar coffee beans. It’s the perfect pit stop before heading out for a day of site-seeing, exploring or simply eating and drinking! Get up early to beat the crowds. Menu inspiration comes from the owners’ travels through Central and South America whilst on coffee buying jaunts. Here you’ll find indulgent and hearty dishes like baked eggs and fried chicken. If you’re around on a Saturday morning join the team in the coffee lab as they run coffee cupping and tasting sessions.
Getting there
Reuben Hills is close to Sydney Central Station and several bus routes.
Reuben Hills, 61 Albion Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Edition Coffee Roasters
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For something a little left of centre you definitely need to put Edition Coffee Roasters on your list.  Here they fuse Nordic and Japanese food to create something memorable, along with their amazing artisanal, small batch coffee. Every dish is #foodporn ready, so whip out your camera and get snap happy!
Getting there
Edition Coffee Roasters is a short walk from Oxford Street and Hyde Park in the heart of Sydney’s city.
Edition Coffee Roasters, 265 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Sink a brew or two

Young Henry’s
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This Newtown tasting bar is perfect for meeting with friends, or making new ones. Visit on the weekends and you’ll find a food truck or two parked out front so you can enjoy your brew with some tasty treats backed up by some beats pumping through the stereo. The guest caterer changes regularly (think anything from a New York City inspired deli to a dedicated vegetarian and vegan truck), so check out Young Henry’s social media for updates on upcoming weekends.  
Getting there
Catch a train to Newtown station or one of the many buses that travel down Enmore Road.
Young Henrys, D & E/76 Wilford Street, Newtown NSW 2042
Batch Brewing Company
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You’ll find the next stop on the brewery hop, Batch Brewing Company, perched in Marrickville in Sydney’s inner west. Drop in here to taste the best of their latest batch, which changes every two weeks or so. Of course the regular pale ales and lagers are here, but also more experimental brews such as ‘Elsie the Milk Stout’ a nitrogenated stout with lactose, the ‘Method Man-Darian Sour Ale’, sour ale with mandarin juice or something like the ‘Wardell Nut Brown Ale’ with hazelnuts. Pick up a growler (1.89L bottle) or a bomber (640ml bottle) if you want to bring the party home with you. Take a tour to catch a behind the scenes look at brewing in action.  
Getting there
Batch Brewing is a little further out of the CBD. It’s close to Sydenham train station if you’re going by public transport. Alternatively jump in an Uber for a short 20 minute drive.
Batch Brewing, 44 Sydenham Road, Marrickville NSW 2204
4 Pines
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The 4 Pines Brewpub in Manly is a must-see for beer lovers when visiting Sydney. The original microbrewery is still in place and in full sight here in Manly so you can see for yourself where the 4 Pines magic started. They’re serving up gourmet pub eats and local brews seven days a week, although we recommend stopping by on Sundays for the famous Sunday lamb roast and live music.
Getting there
If you’re travelling from one of our ibis budget hotels in Sydney city and want to take the scenic route, a ferry to Manly is your best bet. The Manly wharf is just across the road so you don’t have to go far!
4 Pines Manly Brewpub, 29/43-45 E Esplanade, Manly NSW 2095

Drink locally-distilled spirits

Get into the spirit of Sydney’s emerging spirits scene by paying a visit to your local distillery.
Archie Rose
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The first distillery of its kind in Sydney’s CBD, Archie Rose distilling sure has made a name for itself. This gin, whisky and vodka distillery is nestled in Rosebery and at present is the only one in the city that you can both visit for tastings and tours. The distillery sure is a sight to see, housing what the Archie Rose gang call ‘three of the most unique copper pot stills in the world.’ Everything from the distilling to the bottling and labelling happens on site. Go ahead and pull up a seat at the bar to enjoy all that the Archie Rose range has to offer, including a few special, unreleased products that you won’t find anywhere else.  
Getting there
Being a little further out from town, you can either catch a train to Central Station and switch over to a bus, or jump into a cab to save time.
Archie Rose Distilling Co, 85 Dunning Avenue, Rosebery NSW 2018
Sydney’s New Rum Distillery?
Rumour has it there will soon be a new kid on Sydney’s distillery block, with whispers around town that there’s a rum distillery in the works. Earlier this year there were reports of a $25 million capital raising affair with the ambitious end goal of opening a rum distillery more advanced than any other in the world. For now, we’ll just have to hang tight and wait for further news on this one though.
Wet your lips with local wines
You don’t have to head to the Hunter Valley to enjoy a good quality drop. Here are three of our favourite local Sydney venues to sit back and relax with a vino in hand.
Cake Wines
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The Cake Wines cellar door in Redfern offers so much more than your average cellar door experience. Wine tastings yes, but also a huge range of live bands and cultural events are held here each and every week. Cake Wines are a truly unique brand and experience in the wine world. Take a look at the Cellar Door Calendar to find out what’s on this month over at Cake Wines.
Getting there
Redfern station is nearby, as are several bus stops.
Cake Wines Cellar Door, 16 Eveleigh Street, Redfern NSW 2016
121BC
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Next up on our tasting adventure is 121BC. Top notch wine – check. Mouth-watering Italian eats –check. Is there anything else your stomach could possibly want? 121BC boasts incredible Italian cuisine and some of the best wines by the glass. The wine list features artisan producers and a number of local Italian varieties broken up by regions. You can either grab a bottle from the wine shop to take home or drink at the bar, or alternatively grab a glass off the regularly refreshed wine list.
Getting there
121BC is super easy to get to, perched right near Central Station.
121BC, 4/50 Holt Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Nomad
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This city cellar door showcases local wine and dishes using fresh and tasty regional produce. Nomad is the perfect spot if you want to enjoy something a little fancier during your stay in Sydney, and while prices here are more expensive than some others on our shortlist, it’s certainly worth it for the quality of dishes on offer. The wine list is worth a shout-out here, jam-packed with top Aussie drops that are bound to impress.
Getting there
Nomad is just a short walk from Central station.
Nomad, 16 Foster Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Like the look of this list? There are countless venues to visit in the city to get a top tipple or your morning energy hit, we’ve really only scraped the surface. Allow a few extra days when fleshing out your Sydney itinerary so you can tick a bunch of these hotspots off your list. If you’re looking for a great budget hotel in Sydney, our ibis hotels are conveniently located in several central spots throughout the city, so find your base and get ready to explore tastings galore! 

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