Manly is a suburb which behaves as if it is perpetually on spring break. The natives walk around in swimwear, or barely covered up in resortwear. Seriously. I saw girls in neoprene bikinis at the intersection, guys in boardshorts, and then there were the men walking through the Corso in swimming shorts that looked like underwear. Sometimes you just have to avert your eyes. There are ice-cream stands, juice stands and hot dog stands. There were toddlers playing in fountains, and buskers singing. It’s a happy, shiny, chilled out place.
All 4 Manly Council carparks have two hour free parking, which makes for a nice little excursion. BL and I go to Manly for really just one thing, - the ridiculously sublime Brookvale Union ginger beer at 4 Pines Brewery. We haul home a case at a time, great value at $60. And when we are there, we try out lunch spots.
We were hunting for Chur Burger at Manly Wharf Hotel, right by the ferry terminal, not realising that the pop-up was over, and in its place was now Burger Liquor Lobster. Still, this was tasty enough, that I convinced BL to make a repeat visit.The counter for Burger Liquor Lobster is separate from the main Manly Wharf Hotel counter, go to the far right end and you'll see this tiny outpost.
The menu is simple, 5 burger options for $10 each, $16 cocktail options, $15 lobster, prawns and crab options. There are also side options of fries and salads. There is no table service, you order at the counter, and the pager will let you know when your order is ready to be picked up from the kitchen counter. The first visit, BL and I ordered a beef burger, a crab burger and a lobster cobb salad to share. These don’t look big, but they are filling enough.