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Resembling a Jamaican beach shack with corrugated-iron cladding and tropical motifs, Jamtown (jamtownmanly beach.com) on Belgrave Street embodies the beachside vibe. The Smith ’n’ Wesson cocktail is a sweet-and-sour blend of potstilled rum, brown sugar, lime and bitters. You’ll probably order too many – they’re that good. Soak it all up with the signature jerk chicken and coconut rice and peas. Rum not your sack of sugar? Head to Cured (curedmanly.com.au) on Market Lane for a glass of wine with a board of perfectly temperate cut-to-order salumi and cheeses. When afternoon turns into evening – which happens all too easily here – ascend the stairs of the Hotel Steyne (hotelsteyne.com.au) and check out rum-and-cider bar Moonshine (open Thursday to Sunday), which is decked out like the rustic interior of a ship. Enjoy drinking from the range of 100 different rums on the expansive balcony overlooking the crashing waves of Manly Beach or dance away the evening to live music and DJs.
Moonshine rumand-cider bar at the Hotel Steyne