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Seven Sydney Bars That'll Take Your Friday Night Drinks to the Next Level

Celebrate reaching the end of the working week in style.
By Jordan Kretchmer
November 08, 2019
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Seven Sydney Bars That'll Take Your Friday Night Drinks to the Next Level

Celebrate reaching the end of the working week in style.
By Jordan Kretchmer
November 08, 2019
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SEVEN SYDNEY BARS THAT'LL TAKE YOUR FRIDAY NIGHT DRINKS TO THE NEXT LEVEL

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Celebrate reaching the end of the working week in style.

When the end of the week rolls around it's always worth a tiny celebration — heck even if there are 52 of them, you made it through another one! It's easy to fall back on going to the pub around the corner, or the closest bar to your office, but isn't it about time you did something a little different, and even a bit special? We've done the leg work for you and found seven great bars that will shake you a sublime cocktail, and add in something a little special — be it a rooftop, a tasty pop-up, great DJs, Instagram-worthy interiors or stunning views (or all of the above). Round up your mates and pick one of these from a hat — we can guarantee they will take your Friday night drinks to another level of decadence, deliciousness and double taps.

Whether you've hit your targets at work, or been kicking goals at the gym, you deserve to treat yourself for the small wins and milestones. The world's finest French vodka, Grey Goose, celebrates its versatility and commitment to quality ingredients as it allows bartenders to create incredible cocktails that upgrade any summer occasion — starting with those Friday night drinks. Here's where we think you should go — and what you should order as your first, premium cocktail of the night.

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    Flame of Love Martini at Maybe Sammy

    Whether it’s the blush pink velvet lounges, the white-suited waiters or the cocktail-making theatrics, there’s bound to be something to catch your eye at Maybe Sammy. This swinging bar, inspired by hotel lobby bars of yesteryear, has made its mark on Sydney gaining both international accolades and a fierce local following. Find out exactly why and head in and order an inventive (yet classic) cocktail, be it a mini martini (yep, that’s a super cute half-serve martini) or go all out on a Flame of Love Martini (with Grey Goose VX Vodka, fino sherry and flamed orange zest).

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    Le Grand Fizz at Cafe del Mar

    Make like you’re living it up in Ibiza and head to this harbourfront bar. The open-air terrace bar regularly hosts international DJs, meaning the soundtrack for your Friday night is always going to be a party-starting mix of house, lounge-music and disco. Boogie under the nautical-striped canopies, or kick back on one of the luxe round lounges with a Le Grand Fizz (a refreshing mix of Grey Goose Vodka, St Germain liqueur, fresh lime and soda) in hand, all before diving into the menu of Mediterranean-inspired snacks and mains.

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    Mrs Sippy is the ultimate progressive end-of–the-week send-off venue. Start with dinner or snacks in the front. Then head to the middle bar for cocktails (we’d opt for a Le Grand Fizz) all before shaking it down when DJs take over the decks later in the evening. Add in a summer-ready openair courtyard, gorgeous pastel interiors and slick service and you’ve got a Friday evening you’ll be hanging out for as soon as humpday rolls around.

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    Opera Bar

    It doesn’t get more Sydney that scoring a prime seat at Opera Bar and taking in the glittering harbour and Opera House in all its glory. An old favourite is a favourite for a reason – and at Opera Bar, the perennially good looking openair bar is a surefire way to kick off your Friday night drinks. Switch out your usual glass of wine and try the summer-punch inspired Goose Gander, with Grey Goose, Pimms, limoncello, ginger, strawberry and mint. It also has live music to set the mood, a gentle way to coax you to the dance floor (if you needed a reason).

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    BLACK Bar & Grill

    If you really want to take your Friday night drinks to the next level, it’s all about getting personal and Black Bar and Grill does just this with its custom martini menu. Choose Grey Goose vodka, followed by how much vermouth (‘from bone dry’ to ‘very wet’) then select your garnish (olives — with brine or without? — or keep it simple with a lemon peel). Finally, request shaken or stirred, and get ready to dive into your very own personalised martini. You can keep the luxe feels going and order shucked oysters, caviar or charcoal-grilled beef, all before heading into the restaurant to enjoy some of Sydney’s fanciest steaks.

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    Kick off Friday night by heading to Glasshouse, the Hotel Steyne’s new elevated botanical-inspired bar. With sweeping views out to Manly Beach, Glasshouse is a far cry from the Steyne’s well-loved (but charming) courtyard. There are sprawling hanging plants, lush dark green leather banquets, charcuterie plates and just-shucked oysters. Our pick from the sprawling and spiffy cocktail menu is Berry Planifolia (named after the botanist species name for the flat leaf vanilla plant), with sweet vermouth, Grey Goose vodka, lemon, vanilla and berries.

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    If you want to step up your Friday night drinks, one way to do it is by heading up to a rooftop bar, and Smoke is one of Sydney’s finest. Perched on the third level of Barangaroo House, this long, slick outdoor terrace has panoramic views of Darling Harbour merging into Pyrmont Bay. Add in a temporary menu of four different Grey Goose martinis – from the saline and savoury Ocean Martini with Grey Goose Vodka, Martini Bianco, celery bitters and a seaweed square to the citrus-forward Sunset Martini with vodka, Regal Rogue bold red, orange bitters and orange blossom, and you’ve got the perfect way to see out a Sydney sunset and kick off a Friday night in the city.

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Each Grey Goose bottle is distilled and bottled in France, and the high quality vodka has a 100 percent traceable production process, from crop to cork. Upgrade your Friday night by choosing the premium vodka in your classic cocktail.

Top image: Nikki To.

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