Sugar Lounge, Manly

Step into Sugar Lounge in Manly and you’re transported to a Tiki Bar and lounge that belongs at an island resort. A thatched bar, intimate tables and chairs and a long banquette set against a tropical island mural complete the décor.

Sugar Lounge, Manly
Sugar Lounge, Manly

Sugar Lounge is situated along North Steyne opposite Manly Beach, and it’s just another day in paradise according to the sign above the hula dancer doll at the bar.

Sugar Lounge, Manly
Bar Ceiling

On a cold and wet Saturday night, the venue is almost at full capacity with people relaxing over a drink or dining on a selection of share plates and pizza.

Sugar Lounge, Manly
Another Day in Paradise

The rum-focussed bar has approximately 120 expressions from around the world including some rare collections such as Ron Cartavio Solera 12 yo from Peru, Zafra Masters Reserve 21 yo from Panama and Lemon Hart from Jamaica.

Sugar Lounge, Manly
Rum Collection

The cocktail list includes Tiki drinks such as Piña Colada, Mai Tai and Dark ‘n Stormy.  The Pain Killer ($16), a mix of Myers dark rum, coconut syrup, pineapple and orange juice topped with grated nutmeg is served in a Tiki mug. Take one sip and the flavour evokes memories of island holidays in the sun.

Sugar Lounge, Manly
The Zombie Cocktail

The Zombie is an excellent choice and Sugar Lounge’s most popular cocktail. Made according to a secret house recipe, it has five rums and absinthe which is flamed in a glass and poured flaming into a passionfruit garnish. The cocktail celebrates the flavour of rum with a hint of absinthe on the finish. Close your eyes, and you can almost feel the warmth and sand in your toes.

Sugar Lounge, Manly
L-R: The Zombie Cocktail, The Pain Killer

Sugar Lounge serves breakfast and brunch daily and the share plates carry the tiki theme with dishes such as Island Grill Burger ($19) and Beachside Fish and Chips ($21). There is a choice of seven pizzas and daily specials.

The venue has live music from Wednesday to Saturday ranging from various live bands, resident DJs and a house band on Saturday.

Sugar Lounge, Manly
Island Mural

Sugar Lounge is a casual beachside venue in which to enjoy fun cocktails with friends or grab a bite to eat. The vibe is chilled in the evening and attracts a cross section of age groups on a night out. With its prime location opposite the beach, and a portable bar on tiki Sundays, it’s the closest you having a tropical island escape without the jetlag.

Sugar Lounge is featured in our guide to Sydney’s Top Breakfast & Brunch Spots

Sugar Lounge
42 North Steyne
Manly NSW 2095

Open daily from 7 am breakfast until midnight

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About the author

Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is a drinks writer, author of GROW YOUR OWN COCKTAIL GARDEN, SHRUBS & BOTANICAL SODAS and founder/editor of Gourmantic, Cocktails & Bars and The Gourmantic Garden. She has been writing extensively about spirits, cocktails, bars and cocktail gardening in more recent years. She is a spirits and cocktail competition judge, Icons of Whisky Australia nominee, contributor to Diageo Bar Academy, cocktail developer and is named in Australian Bartender Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential List. Her cocktail garden was featured on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia and has won several awards. She is a contributor to Real World Gardener radio program and is featured in several publications including Pip Magazine, Organic Gardener, Australian Bartender and Breathe (UK). Read the full bio here.