The weekend is almost here and two days of glorious freedom are stretched out before you. As you consider your options, you may be overwhelmed by the sheer number of bottomless brunches that have popped up across Sydney. No worries, we've done the hard work for you.
From free-flowing rose on harbourside rooftops, to bottomless bloody mary's in converted warehouses,here are 10 of the best boozy brunch options for your friends and your family.
About Time, $75-95 per person for two hours
Pop-up bar About Time is catering to millennials with Baby got Brunch, a two-hour Saturday event pairing 90s and 00s pop hits with "a barbecue spread to rival Christmas circa 1998". Sing along to guilty pleasures such as Mariah Carey's Fantasy, as you feast on slow-roasted pork, wings and croquettes. The brunch package starts at $75, but for an extra $20 they'll upgrade your wine selection, add on four cocktail options and throw in a Viennetta cake. Sold.
Two seatings at 12pm and 2.30pm, Saturday.
37 Bligh Street, Sydney, 0434 661 028, abouttimebar.com.au
Long Chim, $90 per person for two hours
David Thompson's bustling concrete and neon eatery Long Chim delivers a verve and swagger you may literally feel after two hours of free-flowing alcohol. The Saturday brunch packs a punch with a spread of Thompson's signature spicy Thai food, including chargrilled chicken gorlae, massaman chicken curry and pad see ew. Diners can tame the heat with a drinks package that includes a selection of sparkling wine, chardonnay, grenache and lager.
Seatings begin from 12pm, Saturday.
Colonial Mutual Life Building, Angel Place, Sydney, 02 9223 7999, longchimsydney.com
The Tropic, $90 per person for two hours
Former Chiswick head chef Francois Poulard has taken his expertise over to The Tropic at Manly, where groups of four or more can treat themselves to a bottomless brunch overlooking the ocean. The menu features The Tropic's delightfully fluffy, woodfired bread with pumpkin hummus, mini pastries and fresh burrata, while the drink options include spiced pineapple margaritas, Aperol spritz and apple elderflower collins.
Seatings begin from 10.30am, Saturday.
E Esplanade, Manly, 02 9977 1266, thetropicmanly.com.au
The Royal Hotel Paddington, $150 per person for two hours
There aren't many places in Sydney where you can commandeer an entire rooftop for you and your friends, but The Royal Paddo is one of them. For $150 a head, the renovated 19th century pub will host groups of between four and 35 for an exclusive bottomless brunch experience, any day of the week. You'll receive a glass of Veuve Clicquot on arrival, followed by canapes, breakfast-style share platters, and your pick of prosecco, spritz or beer.
Seatings begin from 10am, every day.
237 Glenmore Road, Paddington, 02 9331 2604, royalhotel.com.au
Three Blue Ducks, $60 per person for two hours
This chilled out restaurant in Sydney's post-industrial inner south is serving up some of its breakfast favourites alongside bottomless bloody mary's, mimosas and midnight sun spritzes every weekend. There's chickpea miso-roasted broccoli, an avocado toast served on thick cuts of Iggy's sourdough bread, and a bacon and egg roll with a green harissa twist, just to name a few. With long, wooden tables, a great kids menu, and outdoor dining options among the olive trees, it's a strong choice for both families and groups of friends.
Seatings begin between 10 and 11am, Saturday and Sunday.
1/85 Dunning Avenue, Rosebery, 02 7251 8662, threeblueducks.com
Coogee Wine Room, $99 per person for two hours
Sample Coogee Wine Room's 400-strong wine list at the restaurant's Mediterranean-inspired four course bottomless lunch, available every Saturday. For $99, you'll be treated to co-founder Tom Hardwick's curated selection of free-flowing prosecco and wine. There's also bottles of Peroni and a weekly cocktail on hand. The venue steers away from gimmicks, instead relying on a solid menu of fresh seafood, burrata and pasta, devised by former A Tavola chef Sandro Di Marino, to draw in the weekend crowds.
Seatings begin from 12pm, Saturday.
222 Coogee Bay Road, Coogee, 02 9665 5478, coogeewineroom.com.au
Alibi Bar & Kitchen, $79-140 per person for two hours
The magnificent interior of the Ovolo at Woolloomooloo, with its luminous trees, luxe geometric serving platters and velvet chairs, is home to the city's only all-vegan free-flowing brunch. Well, technically, it's a high tea, but with free-flowing champagne and a menu that includes salt-baked potato with vegan sour cream on crossini, we think it counts. Diners are treated to golden towers filled with four savoury and four sweet dishes, each of which incorporate local, sustainably-sourced ingredients that adhere to head chef Matthew Kenney's clean food philosophy.
Seatings begin from 12pm, Saturday and Sunday.
Ovolo Hotel, 6 Cowper Wharf Roadway, Woolloomooloo, 02 9331 9088, alibibar.com.au
Hello Auntie, $70 per person for two hours
The lively Vietnamese restaurant, Hello Auntie, offers "ballin' on a budget" with one of the city's cheapest bottomless brunches. At $70, it's a steal for a restaurant that our chief restaurant critic once gave "top marks for using great produce [and] for producing food that straddles old and new". Diners can enjoy a selection of small and big meals including a scallop ceviche and a DIY rice paper roll kit, then wash it all down with a choice of three fruity spritzes. Bonus points: Outdoor dining is dog friendly.
Seatings begin at 12, 12.30 and 1pm, Saturday.
Shop 2/16 Nicolle Walk, Haymarket, 02 8072 8838, hello-auntie.com.au
The Glenmore, $85 per person for two hours
There'ssomething about a glittering harbour view that makes a glass of rose go down a little easier. In this regard, the rooftop terrace of The Glenmore is unparalleled. On Saturdays, the historic Rocks pub brings the goods with a live band, free-flowing rose and a feast designed to be shared. The menu includes upmarket pub grub such as slow cooked lamb shoulder, baked ricotta and sumac crusted salmon.
One seating at 12pm, Saturday.
96 Cumberland St, The Rocks, 02 9395 5151, theglenmore.com.au
Taqiza, $85 per person
Cue heavy breathing: Taqiza is pumping out bottomless margaritas, Mexican beer and tacos for brunch every Saturday from 12pm. The vibes at the Bondi Beach restaurant have been described as 'immaculate', in part thanks to atmospheric candles and weekend DJ sets. It's vegan friendly too, which means you can bring the whole gang to sample everything from braised jackfruit to slow-cooked beef short rib tacos.
Seating begins at 12pm, Saturday.
177 Glenayr Avenue, Bondi Beach, 02 9388 1432, taqiza.com.au
Rocker, $85 per person for two hours
There are few better places to spe an afternoon than Rocker, a breezy North Bondi restaurant helmed by Darren Robertson, the former head chef of Tetsuya's and co-owner of Three Blue Ducks. From Thursday to Sunday, you and your mates can treat yourself to a shared feast of Sydney rock oysters, local burrata and roasted Bannockburn chicken, with free-flowing glasses of mimosas and house wine. For a small additional extra, you can upgrade your package to include beers, margaritas and an espresso martini to finish.
Seating begins at 12, Thursday to Saturday.
5/39-53 Campbell Parade, North Bondi, 0451845269, rockerbondi.com.au