Maggie's, Restaurant Sydney

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Maggie's gay restaurant Sydney

Beyond the meat, potatoes, big German beers (and men), the appeal of Maggie’s is the confidence with which the restaurant swims against the stream of Sydney food fashion. Forget dark minimalism and coolly indifferent service. Maggie’s is bright and rich with the tones of wood and stone, and color abounds, from the gay hand-painted scenes of Teutonic pastoral splendor to the broomstick-straddling witches hanging from the ceiling (a Maggie’s signature), the flowers and the tchotchkes (everything from good-luck waving cats to a chubby, contented Buddha) lining the bar. The service and value, too, are a return to gentler times.

Don’t think, though, that Maggie’s doesn’t move with the times. There’s plenty of life in the crowd, and though the menu largely consists of the tried-and-true, that doesn’t stop the kitchen incorporating quality ingredients, such as the Bangalow pork in the likes of the “cordon bleu” schnitzel stuffed with ham and cheese. Entree favorites include deep-fried camembert with cranberry sauce or deep-fried champignon mushrooms, but if you’re saving your deep-fried quota for the main courses, give the creamy salad of smoked trout, capers and red onion the nod.

Specials like roast duckling and the fish of the day enliven the main offerings, but it’s almost churlish to come to Maggie’s and miss the schnitzel. Whether you go the hahnchen (chicken breast), the wiener (ahem, veal) the jager (the same, with a creamy mushroom sauce) or the zigeuner (aka gypsy — the same again, but dressed with a tomato, capsicum and white wine sauce), you’ll be blown away by the generosity of the servings of both the schnitzel and the rosti (divinely browned shredded potato cake) accompaniment All of this, too, is perfect with the German beers, Erdinger and Bitburger, offered on tap. No one leaves Maggie’s unsatisfied.

Here are the hotels we recommend that have good reviews and keep you close to all the action

Meriton Suites,   Pullman Sydney,   Hotel Stellar,   Rydges Sydney

Opening Times

Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Sat Sun
Opens 11.30am 11.30am 11.30am 11.30am 11.30am 10am 10am
Closes 10.30pm 10.30pm 10.30pm 10.30pm 10.30pm 10pm 10pm

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Where to Stay

If you want to be close to the main attractions and a stones trow from the gay nightlife, the CBD (Central Business District) is the ideal location and home to the city’s best hotels.

The traditional centre of queer life has been Oxford Street in Darlinghurst. It is still one of the most popular strips at night for partying.

Nearby Potts Point and Elizabeth Bay have become the home to the smart party set.

North Bondi is home to the popular gay beach. Head inland a bit and you come to trendy Newtown.

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Recommended Hotels in Sydney

For clubbing and nightlife, Oxford Street, Darlinghurst/Surry Hills is still the heart of gay Sydney. Most of the hotels we have selected are close to these districts. Newtown, Erskineville and Glebe are worthy of a visit. These villages have great communities, cafes, pubs and eateries. Kings Cross/Potts Point area aslo offers great gay-friendly dining options.

Meriton Suites
5 Star, Luxury

Meriton Suites



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Sydney’s World Tower, floor 61 & above, Luxury suites offering floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic city views

Pullman Sydney
5 Star, Great Pool



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Located on Hyde Park in the Sydney CBD featuring 2 restaurants and a rooftop pool and patio with spacious rooms.

Hotel Stellar, 4 Star
Readers Choice



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Located in the heart of Sydney, just 80 m from Hyde Park & Oxford Street,spacious apartments with kitchen.

Rydges Sydney Central
4 Star, Great Location

Rydges Sydney



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Located on the edge of the Sydney CBD featuring a 15 m indoor pool, a spa, 2 bars, 2 restaurants and a cafe.

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