One of the best ways to kick off summer in Sydney might just be an outdoor barbecue in your best friend's backyard. Even better if that backyard has panoramic views of the city skyline and sunsets that most visitors to Sydney would pay a premium to see.
Island Bar, a trendy drinking oasis
reached by ferry on the small, historic Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour, is
back for its second season, and starting 1 December, will be open every day
through 31 January.
area, decked out with lawn chairs and an artificial grass lawn, is a stark
contrast to the bar area, which is constructed from recycled shipping
containers to honour the island’s shipbuilding and naval history. In the ample
open-air seating, visitors can sip gourmet cocktails stirred up by mixologist
Marco Faraone and dine on authentic Italian spuntini platters and wood-fired
pizzas in Sydney's world-renowned summer weather. The new second floor Tropics
Lounge overlooks the bar and water.
is a perfect place to partake in the very Australian "Sunday Sesh",
where locals spend the afternoon lazily hanging around with their best mates
and a couple of jugs of Cold War Sgroppino -- a delightful mix of Russian
Standard Vodka, lemon sorbet, Aperol and lemon juice. There’s also a tennis
court nearby with the best backdrop in all of Sydney.
Cockatoo Island before 11 December can stop by the Outpost Project,
a street arts festival featuring more than 150 street artists from around the
world. Along with perusing some visually stimulating art, drop by some of the
pop-up bars and galleries tied to the festival before kicking back for the rest
of the evening at Island Bar.
Brooke Schoenman is the Sydney Localite for BBC