The Commons Local Eating House & Downtown Bar Est. 2010

32 Burton Street, Darlinghurst, New South Wales, Australia

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Host an 'un'common get-together at this darling 164 year-old heritage farmhouse in spectacular Sydney.
Your festive feast will include wholesome, flavorful food of the season and surrounding local purveyors. For an after-dinner party head to their sister bar, Downtown, for a mix of classic cocktails and live blues, located conveniently, under the dining room.
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Venue Setting

THE COMMONS Local Eating House & DOWNTOWN Bar are simple, calm and beautiful environments that take pride in the city’s culinary and cultural resources: it’s a getaway in the city, where you’re in the city but feel you’re away from it! This heritage listed building in the quiet back streets of Darlinghurst was built in 1850 and was formerly a dairy farmhouse with convict common gardens located on the corner of the site. The Commons serves honest, flavoursome food and quality drinks; the kitchen is run mostly by European chefs who bring years of experience and traditional recipes to The Commons' tables. They have spent time setting up relationships with local suppliers and the resulting menu is made up of simple and seasonal dishes that utilize local ingredients. The Commons is a committed localvore and sources its produce from ethical and local suppliers. Here at The Commons breakfast and brunch are served all day from 8.30am until 3pm every Saturday and Sunday. Come join us from Tuesday through Sunday for dinner and Thursday/ Friday for lunch. For those who like to get out there and have a drink with friends and family come down and enjoy a drink and some nibbles off our bar menu, Thursday through Sunday, from 3pm onwards. Boutique wines and beers are on offer if you wish to simply meet for a drink, and like the food menu, the wine list changes with the seasons. We are also a cocktail bar! Downtown Bar is located in the 164-year-old larder underneath The Commons dining room. The Downtown section was in fact the former servant's quarters where the sandstone walls still bear convict markings. Downtown Bar is open Wed-Sat 6pm-late. Live jazz and blues music are featured Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays: here you will find classic cocktails an amazing range of selected spirits, craftily brewed beers from New South Wales and fine wines of Australia.
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range

Does this include catering fees?


Additional Charges

All group bookings incur a 10% service charge. Different areas of the venue may be hired or the whole venue. Costs are variable depending from time/ day/ season. Please enquire.


Additional Insurance Is Not Required To Host An Event Here


Celebrations Hosted Here Since
1 AM
Venue Spaces
Indoor & Outdoor Venue Spaces Available
Client Must Use The Catering Provided By The Venue
Provided By Venue For Fee – You Must Use The Venue For All Alcohol Services
Indoors Only
The Venue is Closed During
We are closed over the Christmas and NYE period
Designated Smoking Areas Only
Eco/Green Events
Kid Friendly Events
  • Street Parking
  • Wifi
  • Dining Chairs
  • Dining Tables
  • Onsite Restrooms
Venue Features
The Scene:
Sydney is a city where everything is shining and new with modern design everywhere you look..then thereʼs this little farmhouse in the heart of Darlinghurst. Itʼs almost like being transported to another place and time. Yes, youʼre in the big city, but when you come to The Commons we want you to feel like youʼve stepped away from it. A sort of ʻurban farmʼ if you will. We take the farm to the table and we give it to our customers in a heritage-listed building in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Itʼs absolutely unique.
The Commons takes many design cues from its 164-year-old structure, with the addition of modern architectural features that lighten the heavy, heritage framework. The furniture in the sunken leafy front courtyard and main dining room references familiar, communal items such as school desks, church pews and farm tables, and low energy LED lighting is positioned to cast soft silhouettes against the hand-chipped sandstone walls. The concept behind The Commons was about the transformation and rejuvenation of old places – turning an unused space, into something fresh, rejuvenating it to create an inner-urban oasis featuring eco-friendly and recycled furniture, locally sourced food, rescued plants etc. The fit out focused on sustainability through recycling and rejuvenating the old space, rather than creating something new. It was a collaboration amongst many local artists and designers, including Right Angle Studio, ex owners Robert Barton and Chris and Gab Moore, graphic artist Karl Maier of Rinzen, furniture designer Kyran Stracevich, photographers, and landscape architect Chris of Aspect.
Celebration Locations
Private Dining Room:
- Max Capacity: 16
Downtown Bar:
- Max Capacity: 50


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