The Commons

32 Burton Street Darlinghurst, New South Wales 2010

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Opening hours Tues-Wed 6pm-midnight; Thurs noon-midnight; Fri noon-1am; Sat 8am-1am; Sun 8am-11pm
Features Licensed, Vegetarian friendly, Accepts bookings, Bar, Outdoor seating, Family friendly, Gluten-free options, Green-eco focus, Private dining, Romance-first date
Prices Moderate (mains $20-$40)
Seats 80
Payments eftpos, AMEX, Cash, Visa, Mastercard
Phone 02 9358 1487

Anything but 'common', this three-in-one venue just a block from Oxford Street is one of a kind. The 160-year-old building presents as cute garden party out front, alpine ski lodge inside and hidden sandstone bar downstairs. Originally set up as a pop-up venue, it has endured care of the daily seasonal breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. At weekends the vibe is laid-back: coffee and newspapers under a leafy canopy. Sunday roasts with seasonal vegies feature buttery Yorkshire pudding, while an eggy field mushroom tart satisfies for a lighter lunch. The bunker bar serves grown-up snacks and is a cool little spot for after-work drinks.