Cabana Bar, Martin Place
One of the hottest places to open in Sydney in recent months is the lush new inner-city venue, Cabana Bar.
From the same team behind the award-winning Verandah, this resort-style al fresco playground is located in the heart of new CBD precinct 25 Martin Place. Cabana Bar encompasses two bars, semi-private dining, and the city’s largest outdoor terrace spanning over 100 metres.
The amazing interior strikes the perfect balance between poised and playful, cheeky and classy. The open-plan bar features an al fresco terrace with a mix of impressive indoor and outdoor spaces nestled within a chic curved design. Deep pacific-blue leather banquettes and sand-hued timber furnishings engulf the venue, drawing influence from South-America. Wrapped in a veil of greenery above the rooftops of Martin Place, the spacious loft offers a breezy getaway from the concrete jungle below.
The venue blurs the boundaries between formal drinking and dining in a luxe neo-colonial oasis anchored beneath an intricately patterned rattan ceiling. Wander through the arched turns and doorways to explore all the pastel embellishments the site has to offer. Spanning five stylish function spaces, Cabana Bar is destined to delight. Grab a drink at Palm Bar, before sipping on colourful cocktails at the plush Aruba Booths. When you’re ready, explore The Cove, moving around to Kokomo Corner and the Cape, before finding refuge at a memorable spot with sweeping views of the sparkling city.
The enticing open-air bar and kitchen is open all day, from Monday to Saturday – ready to serve up lunch on the run, a long boozy afternoon wining and dining, or a bevvy of late night cocktails and bar snacks. The menu is fresh and delicious and experiments with the best of Australian seasonal ingredients.
Treading a fine line between a pub, restaurant and bar, you’ll find staples such as a Classic Cheeseburger or Herb-Crumbed Chicken Schnitzel at the top of the list of things to try. For something a little more exciting, you can feast on creative classics such as the Southern Prime Sirloin, snack on moreish Marinated Olives and zesty Tequila Cured Salmon, or whisk your taste buds to South America with Cabana’s feisty tacos. The crispy Beer Battered Barramundi Tacos are an absolute highlight full of deliciousness and showered with cabbage chipotle mayo and lime. Scrumptious!
The menu actually offers a number of share-plate options designed for group nights out. There’s Seasonal Oysters, addictive Zucchini Blossoms, tasty Fried Squid and Cheese boards dotted with fruit paste, chutney grapes and finished with crispy lavosh. For something more substantial, you cannot go past the Blue Swimmer Crab Spaghetti. Rich with deliciously fresh flavours including crab, tomatoes, chilli, herbs and breadcrumbs, this one will take your tastebuds on a journey. Or try our favourite – the Pan Seared Tasmanian Salmon. Flavoured with cashew coconut curry, bok choy and beansprouts, it’s simply perfection on a plate!
To wash it all down, you’ll be spoiled for choice with Cabana Bar’s exotic cocktail collection. Guarantee yourself a hot night out with a Coco Cabana-Rita, an aromatic mix of 1800 Coconut Tequila, Joseph Catron Coconut and lime, then cool it down with a Cabana Tai’m – a house mai tai of Pampero Blanco rum, Cointreau, lime, pineapple, orange and bitters. Tropical vibes are aplenty with a classic Piña Colada or Margarita, and those looking to sip and share can grab a few festive fish-bowls for the table. There’s also a fine wine selection that showcases select reds, whites and champagnes so guests can enjoy a top-end wine without having to crack a bottle.
With its impressive food and drink options, friendly staff and great vibe, Cabana Bar is the place to be! Open Monday to Thursday from 11am until midnight, and 11am to 2am on Fridays and Saturdays.
25 Martin Place, Sydney 2000