Open Now: August

By Haydn Spurrell

19 Aug, 2021

The newest bars, restaurants, cellar doors and everything in between – find out what's open now in your state. Plus, find out how to support venues in lockdown.

The Barrie – Chippendale, NSW

Sydney’s The Barrie is the fresh new cocktail lounge and go-to spot for live music from Chris Garner. With a menu exclusively devoted to featuring Australian beer and wine, along with a range of cocktails, cheese and charcuterie, the bar is named for Garner’s grandfather, whose pursuit of a business in his younger days mimics Garner’s own now-realised ambition. Sophisticated, yet warm and welcoming, the new venue is a soulfully lit late-night haven. On the other side of lockdown, The Barrie opens at 4pm: Tuesday and Wednesday until midnight; Thursday until 2am; and Friday to Saturday until 4am. In the meantime, the bar is selling bottled cocktails to take away during the current lockdown so that locals can indulge from home. (pictured 1/5).

107-109 Regent St, Chippendale | Find out more.

Rosmarino Ristorante and Wine Bar – Fortitude Valley, QLD

A pre-Covid dream now finally realized, Brisbane’s Rosmarino is borne from Lauren Smith and Andrea Gatti’s love for hospitality and years of experience in the industry. Set in a renovated shopping centre that dates back to the late 1800s, the modern Italian restaurant and wine bar is a place of classy but easy-going ambience. Design studio Life House Interiors have emphasized the site’s heritage, filling it with furniture that aids the space’s natural character. Led by chef Dario Manca, who has implemented his Italian heritage to craft a delectable menu of classic cuisines, Rosmarino boasts mains such as slow-cooked lambetta and risotto ossobuco, preluded by antipasto options including duck tonnato and kingfish crudo, to name a few. Rosamarino’s unique and extensive wine list features predominately Italian varieties, with a focus on biodynamic and sustainable styles. (pictured 2/5).

6 McLachlan St, Fortitude Valley | Find out more.

Kingsford, The Barossa – Kingsford, SA

With a history dating back to 1856, Kingsford the Barossa is finally re-opening its doors to the public after two years undergoing a multi-million-dollar redevelopment. Owners Stefan and Leanne Ahrens, with five generations of Barossan heritage running through their veins, have transformed the luxury property into what they hope will be a tourism hotspot inviting visitors Australia-wide to the Barossa Valley. It’s options galore for travellers, who can choose from Kingsford’s Homestead Suites, View Suites, the three-bedroom Meg’s cottage (ideal for families) and the Stonemason’s Cottage. These brand new guest suites make for a perfect luxury getaway, featuring floor-to-ceiling views of the Barossa’s rolling hills and tranquil private courtyards. For food and wine, Kingsford’s Orleana Restaurant promises a sublime dining experience and houses two wine cellars open for private or shared dining, with wines from some of Australia’s most prestigious winemakers. Bookings open from August 1 for two-night minimum stays. (pictured 3/5).

68 Kingsford Rd, Kingsford | Find out more.

Deeds Brewing – Glen Iris, VIC

Beloved Melbourne brewer Deeds Brewing has opened a new taproom and kitchen in Glen Iris with 22 unique beers from 28 taps. Owners Patrick Alé and David Milstein formed the brand in 2012, but it wasn’t until 2018 that Deeds was finally able to secure building permits. Setup in an historic 1890s red-brick industrial building, the premises is a refined, lavish homage to the brewery’s own operation. The team’s beverage offering, crafted by head brewer Justin Corbitt, is a combination of beer, local wine, cocktails and spirits – in addition to a seasonal food menu driven by head chef Paul Kasten. Though the lockdown means pushing back plans to visit, Deeds is offering pickup and delivery options for locals, which includes fried chicken plates and sides, as well as a huge range of beers, tap-poured and sealed or canned, and a host of varietal wines. An ideal dining option for the upcoming weekend.(pictured 4/5).

4 Paran Pl, Glen Iris | Find out more.

Nieuw Ruin – Fremantle, WA

Fremantle’s prestige in the bar and restaurant world continues to grow. After opening beloved CBD basement bar Foxtrot Unicorn in 2019, owner Dimitri Rtshiladze has unveiled his newest venture, Nieuw Ruin – an intimate venue that promises “Good food, good cocktails and weird wine”. As with everything they do, Rtshiladze’s sole mission with Nieuw Ruin was to create a casual space where people can go to hang out and drink good booze. Head chef Blaze Young has paired the bar’s opulent array of wines and cocktails with European-inspired small plates, an elegant selection of homestyle delicacies. Young’s menu, which includes rabbit and pork pie and curried fries, crisps with tarama and smoked trout caviar, is in part an ode to Rtshiladze’s Russian heritage and in part an homage to the people and places that have influenced Young’s own career. Nieuw Ruin opened at the end of July. (pictured 5/5).

12 Norfolk St, Fremantle | Find out more.

Top image credit: Wine Australia