Manly’s Spanish-style speakeasyManly, NSW
The Cumberland in Manly is quintessential Australia boutique deli by day, top-secret underground speakeasy by night. There’s a lot to love about this Manly bar that is accessible through a vintage 1920s fridge door and down a spiral staircase. The 75-seater bar radiates old-world sophistication with a leather banquette, hard-carved sandstone blocks and antique brass beer taps.
The carefully curated cocktail list features drinks inspired by native Manly botanicals (the Dandelion Espresso and Lilly Pilly Sour are just two examples), but it's the remarkable 250-strong whiskey collection that will force more than a few return visits. Platters of cheese and charcuterie from the deli upstairs quell any need to emerge into the world for dinner.
- Drinks are always more enjoyable when you have to work for them
- The cocktail list even includes themed drinks inspired by colonial Sydney
- An oasis of good looks and great drinks in a spot better known for rowdy pubs
- If you’ve come to the beach to gawp at the view, it’s a shame to be stuck in a basement