This month I look at four dining destinations across Sydney where you're likely to find a host of hospitality folk lapping up good booze and food on their nights off.

1. 10 William St
10 William Street
Paddington NSW 2021
(02) 9360 3310
10williamst.com.au

Somewhere between a restaurant and a wine bar, this joint is loud and friendly, much like the charm of the Italian customer service. It's the perfect drop-in for a glass of wine or you can easily start and finish the night here.

Daniel Pepperell runs a very slick menu and is renowned for his innovative style of dishes that he reworks with an Italian angle.

Hospo hotspots: where Sydney’s restaurant insiders really like to dine

2. Ester
46-52 Meagher Street
Chippendale NSW 2008
(02) 8068 8279
ester-restaurant.com.au

Hidden away in a nondescript Chippendale street, this place delivers a sophisticated charm without any pretense. Chef Mat Lindsay delivers a tight selection of snacks, small plates and larger dishes based around a wood fired oven. It feels like fine dining, but in a super casual environment.

Hospo hotspots: where Sydney’s restaurant insiders really like to dine

3. ACME
60 Bayswater Road
Rushcutters Bay NSW 2011
weareacme.com.au

Just a short stumble down the hill from the Kings Cross drag, ACME takes up residence in a unique corner terrace site at the end of Bayswater Road. It's a neighbourhood joint that aims to satisfy with a compact menu of snacks and pasta and a friendly team of staff. The prince of pasta himself, Mitch Orr, rolls out show-stopping flavour combinations with his rapidly changing menu.

Hospo hotspots: where Sydney’s restaurant insiders really like to dine

4. Pinbone
3 Jersey Road
Woollahra NSW 2025
(02) 9328 1600
pinbone.com.au

Pinbone has been turning heads with its seasonal produce and flavour driven menu since its doors opened in 2013. The team of Mike Eggert, Berri Eggert and Jemma Whiteman delivers absolute food and wine passion to the table, accompanied by a barrage of laughter and friendly banter. Sunday brunches are truly unique and are a sight to be seen. The place hums from 8am until 3.30pm and nothing compares to the brunch offering that these guys deliver. 

Hospo hotspots: where Sydney’s restaurant insiders really like to dine