Longrain was a doyen in the modern Thai restaurant scene, and though a flurry of new restaurants in Sydney has stolen some of the clientele, it remains a favourite of the Surry Hills set – schmoozing media types, graphic designers et al – who sup on Thai food to the backdrop of sexy lounge tunes spun by resident DJs. If you like what you hear, you can even pick up a copy of the CD – just ask the waitstaff to grab you one. Set in a spacious, converted warehouse, Longrain caters to Thai-loving gluttons as much as discerning cocktail-swillers; a highlight is the Bloody Mary, which has cult status among bartenders. If you don’t know what to order, simply ask the bartender or sommelier to pair something to complement your meal. All the cocktails and wines are designed with Martin Boetz’s seasonal Thai cuisine in mind – he’s a stickler for fresh ingredients. A kingfish curry with ginger, snake beans and lime leaves washes down marvellously with Stickmata, Longrain’s signature cocktail with Sloeberry Vodka, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, in case you need inspiration.