There’s few things better than being on a boat, however, when you need to drop anchor and step ashore to hydrate, these Sydney local favourites do pretty nicely.

Watson’s Bay Hotel 

Soak up the sun and spectacular harbour at this Sydney local’s favourite at Watson’s Bay. It’s no secret, so get in there early for a table with a view. The menu is Mediterranean inspired – think whitebait fritti, clam spaghetti and pork ragu, or just ‘settle’ for a buckets of prawns with a glass of prosecco or craft beer.

Kids meals are free on Sundays between 5pm and 7pm, if you’re so inclined to let them go with you that is.

Take a short stroll to the fully netted 50 metre ocean pool to get your laps in.

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Papi Chulo

Merivale’s Justin Hemmes has really set the standard for Sydney’s food and beverage scene. It’s not just about the menu, its about embracing the local scene and understanding what a venue requires to wow the crowd. Merivale’s Manly offering – Papi Chulo is the perfect example.

Located at Manly Wharf, the menu doesn’t rely on waterfront restaurants ubiquitous seafood (although it’s still definitely there) instead, the menu’s heroes are smoked barbecue meats and grill. Our pick is the smoked lamb ribs, wagyu brisket, pulled pork, farmer sausage, served with coleslaw, soft rolls and BBQ sauce. Maybe share it if your watching your waistline….

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The Sheaf

While not exactly on the waterfront, this East Sydney favourite in Double Bay is only a stone’s throw from the waters edge. There’s a space for everyone at The Sheaf, with a massive beer garden out back, neatly named The Garden, The Canopy, The Terrace, Soda (the classic cocktail bar) and the Public Bar for when you want to join the local Rooster fans on game night.

The menu offers pub favourites – pizzas, burgers and steaks off the grill. And our suggestion, if you were going to drink Pimms anywhere, then Double Bay is definitely the place to.

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Dry Dock Hotel 

Balmain… So many pubs… It’s really hard to make a clear choice when offered with so many options, however, when one of them just happens to be right on the water, it makes the choice just that little bit easier.

The Dry Dock hotel is like a pair of old slippers. A bit worn around the edges but oh so comfortable. There’s no pretension here. Staff are lovely and attentive, your canine friends are welcome, there’s sport playing everywhere and the beers are cold and reasonably priced.

Our tip? Go on a Tuesday for meat trays and members badge draw.

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