The Ivy – Merivale’s latest addition to the stable


I don’t want to like any of the Merivale bars but I just can’t help myself. Hemmesphere is one of my favourite rooms in the city and now there is the sumptuous IVY.

First reactions, the service was abysmal, it was a Wednesday evening, it was pretty quiet, there were loads of staff and still it took 10 minutes to get a bottle of beer. For a new venue of this size and financial outlay I want to be greeted, shown to a seat and then plied with alcohol all night. The decor is amazing and on the weekend it’s going to be on everyone’s list, if only for a quick look around. I love to hate it. Sort the service out and I’ll just plain love it.

Mad Cow
a New York-style grill with the Peter Doyle designed menu with Head Chef Chris Whitehead at the helm

The Patio
outdoor space centred around the Japanese Maple and a spectacular spiral staircase

ivy bar
the hub: an urban style bar with views across The Patio

ivy lounge
cocktail heaven: Mikey Enright’s most creative cocktail menu ever

a modern twist on traditional teppanyaki with a menu created by Shaun Presland

The Den
an intimate space with warm furnishings and live musicians

The Terrace
open-air with chic cabanas overlooking the buzz of the lower floors

Royal George
a traditional British Alehouse, complete with quality pub food

Elegantly wasted – the best martini in Sydney


These are the best martini’s from the bars listed, enjoy!


ABX Bar, The Raspberry & Mint Martini

Aperitif,  Apple Martini

Astral, Belvedere Blossom

Bar 333, A Balancing Act

Barzura Ristorante and Café, Raspberry Chilli Martini

Cafe Sydney Lounge, Red October

Cargo, Aphrodite Martini

China Doll, Shanghai Slipper

Crossroads Bar, Martini Royale

Cruise Bar, Bubble Trouble!

De Nom, Rose Petal & Lychee Martini

Dome Restaurant, Cucumber Martini

Favela, Classic Vodka Martini

Firefly Bar, The Moroccan Martini

Flying Fish Restaurant, Sashimi Sloe Bird

Foveaux, Persephone

Gazebo Wine Garden, Rosemary & Madeira Martini

Hemmesphere, Harajuku Martini

Henry Afrikas, Butter Bell

Hugo’s Bar Pizza, Polish Lick Martini

Icebergs Dining Room & Bar, No60

Industrie – South of France, Paradis Ce Soir – (paradise tonight)

Jimmy Liks, Belvedere & Roast Cassia Bark Martini

Lo Studio, Belvedere Dirty Oyster Martini

Lotus Bar and Bistro, Challise 22

Mezzaluna, Martini Luna

Opera Bar, All That Glitters

Pony Lounge and Dining, Savage Beagle

Quay Bar, Saltry Nites

Restaurant Balzac, Granny Smith Apple Martini

Sapphire Suite, Bella Alba

Shore Club Hotel, Romanesca

Sugaroom, Citronova Martini

Sydney Cove Oyster Bar, Blushing Vespa Martini

The Bar – Four Seasons Hotel Sydney, The Ultimate Martini

The Conservatory Bar, Sheraton Apple Martini

The Fringe Bar, Cyanide Martini

The Light Brigade Hotel, Blood Orange Martini

The Lincoln, Mandarinka

The Loft, Noosh

The Victoria Room, Australis

Toko Surry Hills, Fig Martini

Water Bar (Open again and with a dissapointing refit that lacks vision. Lets get to the crux, the large silver letters, what the fuck?), French Kiss

Wildfire Sydney, Bitter and Twisted Italian

Zacharys Sydney, The Pomarancza Seduction

Zeta Bar, Luxury Zeta Café