Bambini Wine Room
With the headquarters of ACP magazines located just around the corner, Bambini Wine Room and its adjacent restaurant is one of the trendiest places to drink in Sydney. It is a well-known haunt of glossy magazine editors and media execs, for work breakfasts, speedy afternoon macchiatos, business lunches and then lingering evenings spent sipping stellar drops from a Euro-centric wine list. The interiors are reminiscent of an elegant Parisian bar – every bit as glamorous as its clientele, with dark hardwood furniture, Italian marble, Zoffany wallpaper, showpiece chandelier and sultry lounge music. For intimate tête-à-têtes, it’s best to sit indoors, however, the best people-watching posts are outside, where the select number of tables on the footpath facing Hyde Park are the place to be seen for booze-fuelled power lunches, or an early evening glass of pinot. Wear your gladrags and darkest sunglasses.