Sydney loves a hidden gem, a secluded beach and a secret menu. If you’re looking for your next cocktail hideaway, there’s a sparkly addition to Manly’s small bar scene and you’ll find it behind a 1920s fridge door in a cosy, bodega-style deli. Hidden away in the laneways of Manly, The Cumberland is an elegant basement bar that offers classic cocktails, a wonderful atmosphere and vintage vibes, all hidden in plain sight.
The Cumberland, Manly
Behind the fridge door, punters will find a spiral sandstone staircase that leads to the speakeasy-style bar. Perfect for a romantic date night with great attention to detail, the Cumberland features a candlelit bar, intimate seating, vintage furnishings, marble benchtops and a stacked line-up of over 250 whiskies from around the world. The chic spot reopened its doors after 9 months of refurbishments earlier this year.
It’s not just the concept and design that make the 75-seater venue appealing, it’s also an excellent spot to grab delicious drinks and tapas. During the day, you can also purchase cheese and cured Spanish meats from the deli upstairs.
Food offerings include cheese and charcuterie boards, tapas to share, oysters and caviar and more. They also serve up raclette nights on Wednesdays but food is second to the drinks. Expect whiskies from all over the world including Scotland, Japan, Australia, America and India plus beers and ciders, wine and some seriously good cocktails. The Lilly Pilly Sour, Native Plum Sidecar and Dandelion Espresso with Dandelion root and flower, vodka, espresso and cacao come highly recommended.
The Cumberland is named after the Parish of Manly Cove in the County of Cumberland, as a nod to the rich history of the area. If you’re after trendy, dark and intimate, this is the spot to check out and the ideal place to grab a drink after enjoying a beach sunset. Head here to book a spot.