Set in a heritage terrace with original hand-cut sandstone walls and recycled hardwood floors, the communal dining tables encourage socialising, as does the plant-filled courtyard making this one of the friendliest places to drink in Sydney. It’s the sort of place where you could easily pull up a wooden crate and strike up a conversation with a stranger and nobody would flinch. Already making a name for itself with hearty, organic produce sourced from regional farms, The Commons has also built up a fanbase for chilled-out boozing. Down a longneck in the courtyard during warmer weather, and head down to the basement cellar in winter – a perfect spot to nurse a tumbler of malt whiskey in a squishy leather armchair in front of an original fireplace. There’s even a library down there – either thumb through some well-worn classics while you drink, or sign-up to borrow one for later. Burton Street itself is a little hub of cool, with numerous other bars (Pocket, Doctor Pong and 13B) all just across the road.