When the temperature drops, often all you want to do is curl up in a ball and sleep! But there’s a whole wide world out there – if you’re willing to come out of hibernation, that is. We’ve rounded up our favourite cosy restaurants in Sydney to tempt you to venture out at least one night this winter.

Leaving the house in the cold is hard but, much as you love comfort of the covers, they do start to lose their charm after the fifth consecutive night in. So, if you’re willing to ditch the doona to experience a night of delicious drinks and unforgettable dishes, read on!

1. The Roosevelt

We’ll start strong with the luxurious, art-deco-style bar, The Roosevelt, conveniently located in Potts Point. With a New-York speakeasy feel and an array of vintage cocktails and decadent bites on offer, this glamorous haven is worth dressing up for.

And, if you’re looking to visit for a more casual affair, swing by for a deliciously comforting Sunday roast. Just be sure to book ahead as the venue is small and spots are limited!

2. Chophouse

When you think comfort food, hearty meats and cheeses come to mind, and that’s precisely what this inner-city steakhouse is serving up. Chophouse offers high-quality, locally-sourced produce, including some of the best steaks you’ll ever have!

Chophouse has a cosy, yet contemporary vibe, and it definitely has a romantic feel, making it a great date spot. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, try the 1.7kg ribs or share them with a friend (or two!).

3. Mjølner

Here’s another one for the meat lovers. Mjølner (pronounced “m-yol-near”) features an intimate setting and unique décor, which definitely make it one of the best cosy restaurants in Sydney. Whether you’re looking for an ultra-unique venue to enjoy with friends or a romantic night with a twist, this Viking-inspired restaurant and whisky bar is sure to keep things interesting.

You’ll be welcomed by Viking-inspired décor, dim lighting, and even Viking music. Sample the hearty, meat-focused menu while you soak up the atmosphere. Plus, it goes without saying that you can’t leave without trying a cup of mead served in a beer horn!

4. Chula

Transport yourself to the streets of Mexico at Chula. This Potts Point restaurant prides itself on creating authentic Mexican food with some of the region’s lesser-known local dishes, like the Oaxacan pizza tlayuda, made with a delicious local cheese. This is undoubtedly one of the best cosy restaurants in Sydney, especially if you’re already sick of lasagne and roasts!

Relax in one of Chula’s cosy sunken lounges and enjoy a cocktail and a bite; the venue offers several variations of the classic margarita, which you can order from a bar located inside the venue. It’s the perfect spot to visit with friends or even that special someone.

5. Tayim

If you haven’t visited Tayim in The Rocks yet, you’re in for a treat. With fresh, yet filling Middle-Eastern fare, this hidden gem is well worth a traipse down the precinct’s well-worn cobblestone roads. The menu fuses classic Middle-Eastern favourites with an Australian twist, and focuses on bold share plates and flavoursome dishes.

Tucked away amongst warm sandstone walls, Tayim is perfect for chilly winter nights. It also has an extensive wine list featuring both local and international drops that are sure to warm you up from the inside out.

Do you have any venues to add to the list? If so, let us know your pick of the best cosy restaurants in Sydney. Or, for more great venues to visit in our harbourside city, click here.

We live in constantly changing times. Be sure to take note of any current restrictions in Sydney, and check event websites before making your plans!

Tolga Ozer, Principal & LREA

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