Walk down the sliver of hallway they use for an entrance and Berta opens up to become a chic wine bar and restaurant tucked away in complete privacy. This is the latest offering from Andrew Cibej - owner of Vini - and judging by the full seats at 6:30pm it is already a hit. The focus is on wine not cocktails and Berta offers an in-depth selection of Italian styles. They have at their disposal the talents of Georgio from Vini - who imports many wines specifically for the restaurants.
Opening its doors in February this year Mamasita occupies the site that once held the café/bar Recorded Music Salon. This authentic Mexican bar and restaurant - read no burritos or nachos - is a meeting of the minds between Matt Lane (ex-owner of The Poinciana and ex-GM of New York's La Esquina) and Jason Jones (former executive chef at Orange in Windsor).
Manly's burgeoning bar scene is welcoming a stylish new addition to its ranks thanks to the opening of Miss Marley's. This new venue is brought to you by Adam Clarke and Kieran Baily (formerly of Henry Afrikas) and is their unique take on the much talked about 'small bar concept'.
Sydney's new Garden Brasserie opened its doors on Anzac Day this year. The new venture occupies a Neutral Bay site that has been vacant for the past six months but which once held an Italian restaurant. The trio of owners - Sebastian Gallery, Stephen Gellert and Glenn Ferguson - come from various backgrounds. Gallery is the ex- manager of Watershed and Cohi Bar in Darling Harbour whilst Gellert also owns Cantina Bar and Grill, and Pizza Mario. Ferguson on the other hand is the owner of ISEC and HALO security.
There was certainly no small amount of noise made when Kings Cross institution - Baron's - was bowled over to make room for 'progress'. The building that now occupies the Baron's site, however, surprisingly shows a good deal of taste for Sydney developers by invoking an almost Gaudi-esque appearance. Baron's might be lost, but a new offering called Beach Haus - whilst world's apart from said hang - aims to be a new home for drinkers feeling similarly displaced by the evolution of Kings Cross.