Byron Bay's top five new hotspots
Mod Oz menus, Latin American flavours, locavore hotels and everything in between - this is where the locals are going to eat in Byron Bay now.
- October 2019
The ultimate Byron Bay holiday is made up of surf, sun – and great food. Here are the venues you need to add to your must-try list.
While away an afternoon at this breezy white-and-wicker bar off the busy strip near Main Beach, sipping from an impressive 100-plus liquid larder and grazing from a mod-Oz sharing menu that leans heavily into the region. The charcuterie board featuring free-range, fennel-infused salami consciously cured in Billinudgel goes down a treat with a Ballina-brewed West Coast IPA.
4 Jonson Street, (02) 6680 9183, loftbyronbay.com.au opens in new window
Local winemaker Peter Windrim and Shelter’s Andrew Love have nailed the brief at this hot new laneway haunt in central Byron. The dress code is bow tie and board shorts, the snacks are served sans cutlery and the room can spontaneously break into song. Add a “living list” of 50 natural wines and you’re set for a Supernatural supper.
9 Bay Line, (02) 6680 9606, supernaturalcellars.com.au opens in new window
Stone & Wood Brewery
With 1160 square metres of floor space, a 40-people capacity tasting room and 28 taps (12 different beers and ciders), this is a brewpub on an epic scale. The canteen rotates almost weekly, so take your pick from whatever deliciousness the 100 Mile Table crew is cooking that day, and a Pacific Ale amped up with the citrusy hop big gun, Galaxy.
100 Centennial Circuit, (02) 6685 5173, stoneandwood.com.au opens in new window
Green Room at Beach Hotel
Even the iconic “Beachy” is flying the flag for locavores. Gone are the pub’s pokies; in their place is a drinking den stocked with bar food made from locally sourced produce – including Cheeses Loves You – and beverages such as Tintenbar Distillery moonshine. With sunset specials (4-6pm) and live music (nightly in the pub), fun times are guaranteed.
1 Bay Street, (02) 6685 6402, beachhotel.com.au opens in new window
Having conquered the café scene, the Three Blue Ducks team now have their sights on tequila-and-taco territory. Their latest venture – a Latin American diner and late-night bar – takes up residence in the old La La Land nightclub on Lawson Street. Expect an open-air concrete space, a Nick Royds-curated cocktail list (Love Buzz, anyone?) and deck-spun tunes.
6 Lawson Street, (02) 6675 9140, locura.com.au opens in new window