Sydney Expat Interview Series Part 4: Drinking Like an Aussie

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One thing I’ve noticed about Australian culture, is that a lot of social life centers around beverages. Sydney is very proud of its coffee culture (almost as proud as Melbourne), and after hours, there’s not much more Australian than to share a couple of drinks with friends. So, this month I asked the expats what they’re drinking now that they live in Australia.

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Question 4: What is your coffee order? And, what are you drinking at happy hour?


Name: Ashley
Country of origin: United States
Lived in Sydney: 2 years (in Newcastle)
Visit Ashley on Instagram

WOW is coffee different here! I’m used to going to Dunkin Donuts to get a fancy caramel swirl iced coffee! The iced coffee here is coffee, milk, a massive blob of ice cream, and whipped cream on top. I couldn’t continue drinking that every time I wanted something!!! My go to drink now is a decaf skim latte. You really can’t go wrong and it always tastes good. Oh and what’s up with Aussies not having drip coffee?!
My happy hour drink? Two words: Australian wine. There is so much Aussie wine, you just can’t go wrong having something local.

Name: Victoria
Country of origin: England
Lived in Sydney: 5 years
Victoria blogs at The Freedom Travellers

Almond Latte and sparkling water. It used to be champagne but I’ve given up alcohol for 12 months, yes, people think I’m crazy!

Name: Rachel
Country of origin: England
Lived in Sydney: 3 years, 6 months

I’m an avid tea drinker, and my favourite is Lemongrass & Ginger or Irish Breakfast from T2 store.

At happy hour, I’m usually sipping a G&T on Clarence or York Streets. My favourite bars include Lobo Plantation, The Rook, Stitch Bar, Barber Shop and also The Soda Factory in Surry Hills.

Name: Julia
Country of origin: UK
Lived in Sydney: 6 years

Regular Cappucino

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Name: Dido
Country of origin: India
Lived in Sydney: 1.5 years

Flat white, 1 sugar, extra hot.
Beer or Wine (red or white)

Name: Caitlin
Country of origin: England
Lived in Sydney: 9 months
Caitlin blogs at Where’s Wallis

I’m a classic English girl and tea’s my drink of choice. Though I’m easing myself into Australian coffee culture with some Mochas.

Name: Mollie
Country of origin: USA
Lived in Sydney: 4 years

Skinny latte and Shiraz.

Name: Nom de geurre – “Bushranger”
Country of origin: Serbia
Lived in Sydney: 6.5yrs

Chai latte.
Happy hour – probably some good Barrosa shiraz.

Name: Melissa
Country of origin: USA
Lived in Sydney: 6 months
Melissa blogs at Leche Love

Cappuccino, but sometimes long black.
Young Henry’s beer for happy hour.

Name: Shane
Country of origin: USA
Lived in Sydney: 1 year
Shane blogs at Sea Salt Secrets

Long Black (espresso with water). Sydney has a superb cafe culture, rivaled only by Melbourne.
Wine is my go to drink because it’s the only comparable alcohol price-wise. Spirits and beer are so expensive!Happy Hour

Name: Debbie
Country of origin: England
Lived in Sydney: 10 years

Coffee is a boring long black (had to learn that one when I moved here, no such thing in the UK) and just a glass of white wine or a Rekorderlig cider.

Name: Kirstie
Country of origin: United States
Lived in Sydney: Since September 2013
Kirstie blogs at Venga Vale Vamos

From what I hear, Australia is a fantastic place for coffee, but I’m not a coffee drinker myself, so I’ll take chai tea lattes!
For happy hour, it’s all about cider. We don’t have nearly enough cider on tap in the U.S.

Name: Erin
Country of origin: Texas, USA
Lived in Sydney: 6 1/2 years
Erin blogs at TexErin-in-Sydneyland

I don’t drink coffee. I do drink strong black tea. I never drank hot tea until I moved here.
Happy hour? Depends on my mood – wine, beer, spirits; I share the love.

And you? What are you drinking?


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