Any year that brings new openings by Kylie Kwong, Federico Zanellato, Giorgio de Maria and Junda Khoo could be considered a good year. That it happened despite a pandemic – with Sydney’s hospitality scene spending a quarter of this year in lockdown – is even more remarkable. 2021 has also introduced us to exciting new ventures fronted by names-to-watch (Juan Carlos Negrete, Xinyi Lim) and forward-thinking venues like Re, which is reconfiguring what it means to be a sustainable bar.
We wanted to highlight a few of our Hit List favourites and note-worthy venues from 2021 as we close out the year. So please, welcome our Best of The Hit List for Sydney 2021.