Manly, where to go for a drink

No matter the day of the week in Manly, you’ll always find the gentle glow of a busy bar. From small bars down side streets, to large hotels with 3 different bars, spread out over multiple floors, Manly has a vast variety on offer.  And, being a small town you can walk everywhere, no matter where your accommodation is.

The Wine lover 

If you’re looking for a wine bar, Manly has a few on offer.

Manly Wine – Enjoy an amazing view of Manly Beach in a sophisticated environment, whether you want to simply enjoy the laid back lifestyle of Manly or stay for the evening this bar won’t disappoint.

Beaches – If you didn’t have a recommendation, this place is easy to miss. Step inside and enjoy wall to wall wine racks, great pizza and a chilled out vibe.

Cocktails in Small Places

With the rising trend in Sydney and in fact Australia, for small bars Manly has joined the party.

Donny’s – Tucked away down a side street, this bar has everything going for it. Great cocktails and funky live music and just enough space to get intimate with your fellow drinkers.

Insitue – A long time player in the bar seen in Manly, their cocktails are to die for. Get there early and enjoy happy hour.

Big Pub, Big Night 

Hotel Steyene – A favorite for locals and travelers alike. It’s a big Hotel with a great outdoor area, take the lift to the top floor and find even more.

Manly Wharf Hotel – Watch the sun go down over Manly wharf, while enjoying a cool beer.

March – What’s on in Sydney

With so much on offer in Manly, it’s easy to wonder why you should ever leave.

But, just a short ferry ride away, Sydney offers an even greater variety of activities – from art to food, it’s totally worth the excursion.

Check out what’s going on for the rest of March below!

Australian Tattoo Expo: Friday 10 – Sunday 12
Tattoo’s have come a long way in the last 50 years. This celebration of all things ink brings some of the world’s greatest tattoo artists together in Sydney. Find out more here.

Bacon Fest: Tuesday 14 – Sunday 26
If you love bacon, it’s safe to say this festival is for you. Find out more here.

Art at Night: Wednesday 15
Take a self-led walking tour of Sydney’s art galleries, followed by drinks, performances and music in a cool pop-up bar. Download the map and other info here.

Sydney Skinny: Sunday 19
Ocean swims are an important part of the Sydney lifestyle, throw out your swimmers and you’ve got the Sydney Skinny. Find out more here.

Taste of Sydney: Until Sunday 12
Foodies unite, this years Taste of Sydney brings together what’s new, trendy and yummy on the Sydney food scene. Check out the official website here.

Carmen, Opera on Sydney Harbour:  Friday 24 – Sudnday 23 April
Regardless of how you feel about Opera, this is an experience not to be missed. Enjoy the stunning backdrop of Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge as you watch Opera outside. Find out more here.




5 Free Things Only Manly Has To Offer

There’s so much to Manly, from the awesome coffee shops to the sizzling nightlife, and when it comes to getting back to nature and enjoying the great outdoors you will not be disappointed.

But, if you don’t know where to start, check out our guide below of 5 FREE things, only Manly can offer:

Manly Beach

The world famous Manly Beach offers over 1.5km of breathtaking white sand, perfect wave sets and stunning views. While away the hours under and an umbrella watching the surfers navigate the sea, or swim in the turquoise water. Manly offers life guide protected flags at either end.

The Walks

There are some incredible walks around Manly, from gentle to more challenging. Enjoy the spectacular views of the city skyline from North Head or spend some time exploring the hidden charms of Manly Dam.

The most popular has to be Spit Bridge to Manly. A 10k walk, that takes you to beautiful secluded beaches and dazzles you with breathtaking views winding down into Manly. End your walk with a cold beer at the Wharf Bar and you’ll understand why some many visitors end up staying for good.

The office

The Office AKA East Esplanade is an absolute must for a lazy Sunday afternoon. Take your swimmers, a blanket and a few beers and then sit back and relax as another hazy summer Manly weekend slips by.

FREE BBQ’s at Shelly Beach.

Free BBQ’ing facilities are one of Australia’s most wonderful offerings. You’ll find them dotted around the country and they are 100% free. The BBQ’s at Shelly Beach could not be situated in a better spot, with Shelly Beach offering incredible marine life be sure to bring your snorkeling gear for a quick dip after lunch.

Local penguins

Manly is home to a colony of Fairy penguins. Every year the little penguins come back to Manly to breed between the months of May and February. They usually return to their burrows under the wharf at sunset. Although the population is small and it’s not guaranteed you’ll see them, it’s totally worth a try, these guys are seriously cute. Join the small gathering of spectators to the right of the Bavarian Beer Cafe just before sunset and with a bit of luck you’ll catch a glimpse of these beautiful creatures.

5 Hidden Coffee Shops in Manly

So you’re planning a trip to Manly, NSW and of course you’ll be heading to the world famous Manly Beach. But, when you need a break from the sea, sand and surf, where will you be heading?

With the recent opening of Starbucks on the corner of the main pedestrian walkway, the Corso and the beach, there really isn’t much need for thought.

But, if like me, you want more from your experience in a new town than a chain coffee shop and mediocre coffee, this article might just be up your street.

5 off the beaten track coffee shops that are totally worth seeking out in Manly

  1.  Fika Swedish Kitchen – 5b Market Lane – This place is loved by the locals and you’ll most likely have to wait for a table, but I promise you, the wait will be worth it. Keep an eye on their name day celebration, if your name comes up you get a free coffee.
  2. Ruby Lane, Shops 1&2, 200 Pittwater Road – It’s a good 20 minute walk from the heart of Manly, or you can catch any of the busses traveling north up Pittwater Road. With a beautiful covered deck, organic coffee and fresh food, it’s a great place to kill a few hours as you watch the world go by.
  3. Ora – 17B Whistler Street – With a strong ethical theme running through everything they have on offer, Ora is a great place to eat clean and feel good while you do it.
  4. Market Lane Cafe, 37 – 39 The Corso – Considering this cafe is in the center of Manly, it’s surprisingly easy to miss. Hidden down a small lane, they offer great coffee and a vibrant atmosphere.
  5. Showbox, 19 Whistler Street – This trendy little cafe has contributed not only great coffee to the Manly community but also generated a vibrant music scene.

Renovations now completed!


Before and After Pics

We’ve been working hard here at Manly Beachside Apartments this year. It’s been a massive job, but our renovations are now finished.
We’re really proud of what we’ve achieved. We’ve got a fantastic location here right by the beach in the heart of Manly, and now we have beautiful facilities to match.
We certainly hope you enjoy your stay with us here at Manly Beachside Apartments.


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