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10 chefs reveal their favourite bars and drinks

Chefs work their butts off all day preparing food, so it's no surprise they love letting off steam at the bar, sipping on their poison of choice.

In Sydney and Melbourne - there's no shortage of funky bars. Whether they're underground or on rooftops, holes in the wall or even part of a restaurant - bartenders in Oz know how to make a mean drink.

The Centennial, Sydney. Photo: Instagram
The Centennial, Sydney. Photo: Instagram

The ambience, decor and of course, drinks lists at these bars are obviously on point otherwise our top chefs wouldn't be recommending them.

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Revealed below are their spirits and favourite drink spots:

Curtis Stone - Coles ambassador, Celebrity chef and owner of Maude, Los Angeles:

“Whisky at The Baxter Inn. I kind of like Frankie’s too, it’s great. I went there and they had rock ‘n’ roll karaoke and I was like YES!”

The Baxter Inn, Sydney. Photo: Instagram
The Baxter Inn, Sydney. Photo: Instagram

Ben Shewry - Head chef and owner of multi-award winning restaurant Attica, Melbourne:

“Bar Americano, Whatever they are offering, you can’t go wrong”

Bar Americano, Melbourne. Photo: Instagram
Bar Americano, Melbourne. Photo: Instagram

Dan Hong - Merivale chef of Ms. Gs, Mr. Wong and El Loco, Sydney:

“I love a good Negroni. I don’t go out anymore but I do like to go to Palmer and Co after a long shift every now and then.”

Palmer and Co. Photo: Instagram
Palmer and Co. Photo: Instagram

Manu Feildel - Celebrity chef, cookbook author and My Kitchen Rules judge:

“The Centennial - they have a wonderful open bar for a drink with friends and then a snug, comfy back bar if you want a quiet private drink with someone special!”

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Andrew McConnell - Chef and founder of Melbourne restaurants Cumulus Inc, Cutler and Co, The Builders Arms, Moon Under Water, Supernormal, Luxembourg and Meatsmith:

“The Everleigh - Gertrude Street Fitzroy. Favourite drink - Negroni.”

The Everleigh. Photo: Melbourne. Photo: Instagram
The Everleigh. Photo: Melbourne. Photo: Instagram

Stefano Manfredi - Chef and owner of Osteria Balla, Sydney:

“Golden Age Cinema and Bar for their Negroni”

Rockpool Bar & Grill, Sydney. Photo: Instagram
Rockpool Bar & Grill, Sydney. Photo: Instagram

Neil Perry - Qantas consulting chef and owner of the Rockpool Group in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth:

“Rockpool Bar & Grill Italian Sour”

Bar Brosé, Sydney. Photo: Instagram
Bar Brosé, Sydney. Photo: Instagram

Mitch Orr - chef and co-owner of ACME, Sydney:

“Bar Brosé and a cup of Tea Craft Yunnan Red”

Gin and Tonic. Photo: Instagram
Gin and Tonic. Photo: Instagram

Martin Benn - Head chef of three hatted restaurant Sepia, Sydney:

“The Bar at The Park Hyatt Tokyo – Gin and Tonic”

10 William St. Photo: Instagram
10 William St. Photo: Instagram

Monty Koludrovic - Executive Chef at Bondi’s Icebergs Dining Room & Bar, Sydney:

“10 William St. the favourite is usually the one Giovanni pours for me.”

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