SYDNEY | Mary’s Newtown has become a Sydney institution since opening in 2012 for many reasons, the main one being its burger. 2012 was the start of the burger craze that’s still going strong in Sydney and Mary’s was at the forefront of ushering in a new style of burger. The Mary’s burger is a no-nonsense, American style burger containing a thin beef patty, a slice of American cheese, tomato, lettuce, and a soft bun with special sauce. It compacts beautifully when you grab it and each bite is delicious. The cheeseburger is also good, but the Mary’s burger is better (we haven’t tried the mushroom burger). Also fantastic here is the fried chicken and mash – make sure you get an extra serving of fries to dip into the mash & gravy, KFC style.
Despite the fame of the burger, Mary’s is actually a bar and not a burger joint. The unassuming 100 year old barn-like building it’s housed in has seen many uses in its life, including a Greek men’s club and a sexual health clinic. It’s well suited to what Mary’s are doing, and you can enjoy a drink or food either on the ground floor or on the mezzanine level. There are 10 cocktails on the menu (including one of our favourite Bloody Marys) along with 10 wines and a selection of local craft beers. The space is very dark no matter the time of day and there’s a definite rock focus with gig posters dotted around the place and loud metal and heavy rock on the speakers.
Mary’s is loud, dark and fun. Our advice is to get there early to avoid the crowds and grab a table on the mezzanine floor.
6 Mary Street
New South Wales 2042
Mon – Thu: 4:00pm to 12:00am
Fri – Sat: 12:00pm to 12:00am
Sun: 12:00pm to 10:00pm