On the back of the NSW government announcements regarding eased restrictions across the state from Friday 15 May 2020, Social 1o1 has compiled our round-up of the best bars and restaurants that are opening across the city.

Lil’ darlin’

Lil Darlin’ has survived the COVID-19 closures by pivoting the business and providing takeaway and direct delivery of all their pub food favourites and DIY Cocktail kits.. fairy floss included!

Lil darlin’ will be opening as of this Friday 12pm – 12am, Fridays and Saturdays and 12pm-10pm on weekdays.

An allowance of 10 people indoors, constant sanitising of all surfaces and compulsory hand sanitiser on entry and exit!

Bibo Wine Bar

bibo wine bar is a local favourite and known to Sydneysiders to be among the best date night spots with an extensive and highly curated wine list and Portuguese inspired bites by Head Chef Jose Silvia. While the venue is unable to operate as normal, the team swiftly and creatively developed bibo’s dining experience so that a select group of diners would have the opportunity to enjoy a slice of normal life which involves regular visits to their local.

‘Bibo’s dining experience’ is available for $100 per person on Thursday-Sunday evenings and Sunday lunch. An eight-course set menu will include many of the favourite dishes which have featured on their menu over the past four years and a champagne, beer or cocktail on arrival.

This next available seating is from Sunday 24 May with a very limited number of seats remaining. As of next Thursday 21 May, bibo wine bar will open for Thursday night trading due to high demand.

Thursday – Sunday: 6pm & 8:30pm seatings

Sunday: 12pm & 2:30pm seatings

Bookings via email to contact@bibowinebar.com.au

For Take Away Orders please call (02) 9362 4680 or via email contact@bibowinebar.com.au


Corretto, Dee Why



Check out Dee Why’s stunning eatery on the water by heading to the website to make a booking. This Norther Beaches gem sure wont disappoint.


CiccaBella will be available for exclusive hire for groups of 10. You are invited to bring your mates and own the place for a night…. Or a day!

With the easing of restrictions, CiccaBella will be taking a limited number of reservations, in keeping with the guidelines, so you can enjoy dining out with your crew in a safe environment.

Masala Theory

This stunning eatery is open for 10 people per slot of 1.5 hours 🙂
Its world famous Curry Bombs along with all other dishes are all available!⁣⁠ They will also continue doing takeaways and deliver all your favourite meals from the full menu as well.
To book your tables or to order food, call 02- 96999444

Belgrave Cartel

Born out of a love of delicious food, great coffee and music by three local brothers, Belgrave Cartel is a venue that welcomes the whole community like family.

Manly favourite; Belgrave Cartel will be offering private dining for dinner 6pm – late. Bookings are for 10pax, $80 p/p for 4 courses. Drinks additional.

Enquiries via bookings@belgravecartel.com.au

The Cornerhouse Bondi

Bondi venue The Corner House put together a promotion for groups of 10 to book out the whole venue for $1000, meaning patrons pay $100 a head for a venue to themselves, a $1000 bar tab, unlimited pizzas and cheese boards.

Bel & Brio

Bel & Brio are very excited to re-open its doors again this Friday for 10 lucky guests at a time. This weekend they’re open for Lunch and Dinner, and next week for Breakfast as well. Bookings can be made via email concierge@belandbrio.com.au and by phone 02 9299 9107.

A1 Canteen

Contemporary dining fave is open for dine-in from 15th May. To make a reservation simply phone (02) 9280 3285.

Brick Lane

Social 101’s favourite modern Indian restaurants is back in business with staggered seating times with its $20 TACOS & TINNIES offer, which is available Friday & Saturday lunch.

Diners can choose between three different taco trays stuffed with enough grub to make two fully loaded roti tacos. Wash it down with an ice cold tinny of craft beer: Brick Lane Pale Ale or Brick Lane Lager. Guests can switch out your tinny of beer for a glass of sparkling, rose, red or white wine! BOOK A TABLE

Carbon Mexican Wood Fire

In these unprecedented and uncertain times that we are currently living in we wanted to let everyone know, Carbon Mexican Wood Fire is open!

Open from Friday May 14. Email info@carbonmexican.com.au to make a reservation.

Coogee Wine Room

One of the east’s favourite wine bars is back from Friday May 14. With specific seating times, all guests will be catered for.

Dear Sainte Eloise

Dear Sainte Eloise will be opening from Thursday May 21 with walk-ins only from Monday to Wednesday. Bookings are required for the rest of the week. Get in touch at hello@dearsainteeloise.com or call (02) 9326 9745.

Don’t Tell Aunty

Don’t Tell Aunty is a real good time place. The food and beverage are elevated, but don’t let that make you think that you can’t laugh loudly and make the most of the electric atmosphere. Jessi Singh’s “inauthentic” Indian cuisine can finally be enjoyed in a restaurant once again. Lunch seatings will be spread out throughout the day, and dinner service will start from 4.30pm. Make a booking here


Love, Tilly Devine

One of Darlo’s most must-frequent bars is opening tomorrow. Call or email NOW to book in – $50 set menu. They’ll be taking walk-ins both Friday and Saturday from 4pm before bookings arrive, and for supper from 10pm. Bookings are essential. To make sure you secure a spot, email tilly@lovetillydevine.com or call (02) 9326 9297.

Macleay St Bistro

Potts Point’s enduring diner; Macleay Street Bistro is back. Seats will go (and are already going) quickly, so bookings are essential. Reserve your table here.

Mark & Vinny’s

Back open for your pasta and cocktail desires. For bookings and more information, visit the website.

Mary’s Newtown

The burger joint that started it now open to sit-in customers. The Mary’s crew drops most of their info on Instagram, so this is the best place to check for updates.

Prince Of York

Prince of York is renowned as THE goodtime CBD boozer has consistently been one of the most creative and forward-thinking bars during the coronavirus shutdowns. Now that lockdowns are lifting, you can trust them to be able to reinvent the in-venue experience. Email hello@princeofyork.com.au for more info or make a booking enquiry on the website.

The Gantry

Waterfront fine dining eatery, The Gantry is back open, and it’s taking hygiene very seriously. Upon entry you’ll be greeted by a “hand sanitiser sommelier,” who’ll guide you through a range of sanitisers of varying scents and provenances. We’re not kidding. Lunch and dinner are both set-menu set-ups, make your booking and learn more here.

Wings & Tins

Back open again for an unlimited wings special. To book for Darlinghurst, call 0410481201. To book for Dee Why, call 0424248847.

Social 101 will be adding more venues as further announcements are made. Please contact Lisa@social101.com with any additional recommendations.


About The Author

Lisa Hollinshead
Editor & Director

Boss lady over here at Social 101. Lover of all things that inspire creativity, individuality and happiness! Former party gal, now mama to a beautiful baby boy!

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