#5. The Commons
This cosy bar and restaurant has a great courtyard but what we really like is the sandstone subterranean basement bar, where they play 1950s music on an old record player and sometimes have live music. This summer there will be live blues every Wednesday from 8pm. The food is good, too, with specials changing every day – try the house-made pasta.
Address: 32 Burton Street, Darlinghurst. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 6pm until late.
Drinks: Wine from $7 a glass, craft beers such as Lord Nelson Three Sheets for $8 and cocktails such as the Harvard (cognac, sweet vermouth and bitters) for $18 or a rye whiskey sour for just $13.