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Manly Wharf Hotel
Extensive harbourside bar with an upmarket angle, phenomenally busy towards the weekend

East Esplanade, Manly Wharf
(02) 9977 1266

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For my most recent visit to the Manly Wharf, I tagged along with the lads of Curry Runners United, a loose agglomeration of 30-something professionals, mostly from the North Shore, with an interest in the high culture of beer and curry. These nights are always, without fail, a blast and tonight is no exception. I have to travel from Pyrmont to Manly, of course, and the ferry trip always puts me in a contemplative mood, from which I'm most jarringly shaken by the sheer energy in the place.

It's a Thursday evening and the Manly Wharf is packed, both inside and out on the waterfront itself. Finding and meeting a group is a tricky proposition, even with the aid of a mobile phone, and we end up resorting to SMS in a rather slow form of echolocation. Send out a ping, wait for the reply, head roughly in that direction, try again.

So finally I locate the group, and it's time to repeat the swim through the crowd to acquire a beer, something which I was surprised to find easy - the staff here are quick, obviously honed by constant practice!

The mixture is a good one, but clearly it's a yuppie bar - the older patrons seem to be seated, some enjoying food, with the younger portion milling round checking out clothes, looks and prospective bank balances - there are clearly a few people 'on the hunt' tonight. Some people dislike it for the yuppie angle - I'm just taking it as-is and blending in (since I had the foresight to dress slightly up for the occasion)

Rated, if you fit the demographic

review by: Jason

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Jen from Sydney
I totally disagree with anyone who likes this place. It definitely has a beautiful view and could be really cool, but is so full of arrogant "beautiful people" who's heads are so far up their own arses they couldn't have a decent conversation even if they did have an education. Give it a miss unless you're a shallow barbie-doll or pretty boy wog.
23 Nov 2004

Kell from Seaforth
Marshal the bar boy is a DEFINATE hottie!!
30 Apr 2004

CMan from Manly
Expensive drinks, no music and shuts early? No thanks!
19 Apr 2004

We tried this place on our last day in sydney - just made us even more sad to be going home to're so lucky if you live there xxx
11 Apr 2004

Yepp from Sydney
Easily the cream of the Manly crop. Stylish, modern and a terrific atmosphere, with a fantastic outdoor area too. Weekends are especially popular. Drinks can be a touch pricey.
24 Mar 2004

bambi from Manly
this place is crankin on friday nights, really busy with beautiful people. at 16.50 for a bottle of champers, how could you possibly go wrong?
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