5 Ways to get that Manhattan Feel (in Sydney)

Do you ever dream of stepping out of your apartment, hailing a taxi and escaping to a dim, plush bar in downtown Manhattan? While it’s geographically impossible to do exactly that, I want to share with you my top 5 places to find Manhattan charm in Sydney. Now let’s paint the town…
Give me a fresh blow dry, a sleek black dress and a stick of Chanel Coco Rouge lipstick and where do I want to go?
Riley St Garage – 55 Riley Street, Woolloomooloo
The first time I walked into RSG with Mr R I had a real Sex and the City moment. Imagine a sleek refurbished garage space framed by a spectacular bar. Expect to be greeted by an attractive maître D who will show you to your table (pre booked) or for the real Manhattan experience take a seat at the bar where you can choose from oysters four different ways and watch them be shucked before your very eyes. For the busy New Yorker (aka budding Sydneysider) there is a ‘Pit Stop’ menu that will have you in and out in 30 minutes, however with the extensive cocktail list, you’ll want to linger a little longer over your Cherry Boulevard (Cherry liqueur, Campari, Antico Rosso and Bourbon) and watch a rather handsome crowd do what they do best…socialise in style.http://rileystgarage.com.au


Bowery Lane – 1 O’Connell St, Sydney CBD

For when you’re lunching with friends during business meetings. Yes, In our New York lives we’re that refined!

Bowery Lane is a refined rustic dining experience recalling the end of the 18th century, when it became New York’s most well-heeled and stylish street attracting grand residences, opulent theatres and the burgeoning banking industry.

Today at Bowery Lane on O’Connell St it’s much the same. You can still snap yourself up a banker and keep yourself wildly entertained on NYC Burger Mondays and Kransky Dog & Beer Thursdays. Classy.


Tokonoma – 490 Crown Street, Surry Hills
DRINKA taste of Soho in our own back yard. Tokonoma is the perfect third date bar with plenty of darkened corners to encourage slight hand up the leg action. I think it’s Japanese cuisine but when you’ve got a fig martini in your hand and a handsome chap breathing down your neck it’s hard to know whats what. Fabulous!

Tokonoma Bar

Monocle – The Stables at 352 Bourke St, Surry Hills
SHOPThe coolest thing since Sinatra. With a bureaux (a word fancy people know) in New York and Tokyo, Monocle launched it’s first Sydney store last weekend on none other than…Bourke Street! Guaranteed to make you look a thousand per cent cooler, this high end designer fashion boutique will have you sold in a New York Minute, unless you’re broke like me. In that case there’s always their online magazine where you will find a sophisticated dose of business, culture and design for free!


Establishment- 252 George Street, Sydney CBD
EAT, DRINK & SLEEPIf you want to work smarter not harder like a real New Yorker, Establishment is for you. I’m not talking about the ground level meat market. Eat, drink and sleep at different venues in the same building, it’s fun, convenient and won’t ruin your red soles.

EAT: Est level 1, Establishment
DRINK: Hemmesphere level 4, Establishment
SLEEP: Establishment Luxury Loft – A Manhattan style, double story penthouse in the heart of Sydney with Bvigari amenmenties of course.


Now that you’ve planned the perfect night out in the big city here is a playlist to get you in the New York state of mind:
  1. Is this how you feel? – Classixx Remix The Preatures
  2. Amazing – George Michael
  3. King – Years & Years
Miss P x
Miss P
About me

Heaven on Bourke is a lifestyle blog created by Miss P, a twenty-something author of a Pleasure Guide pamphlet most commonly found in luxe vibrator boxes. True story! She loves to travel between her beachy hometown of Noosa and London's upmarket Notting Hill, where she writes a smut column for a lingerie empire. Off duty, Miss P brunches in the city and dates many interesting characters. All findings on real life, sex and love are recorded in this honest lifestyle blog for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy gorgeous!

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