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By Concrete Playground
July 13, 2018
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The Best Cocktail Bars in Sydney

By Concrete Playground
July 13, 2018
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  • CARGO

    This King Street Wharf haunt knows how to get the party started — and keep it going.

  • WOOLLAHRA HOTEL

    This eastern suburbs bar boasts a bangin' rooftop and generous daily specials.

  • VERANDAH

    A slick one-stop spot in the CBD that delivers after-work food and drink.

  • THE IMPERIAL ERSKINEVILLE

    It's all about drag and drinks, darling.

  • GIN LANE

    This Kensington Street townhouse is filled with 75 gins around the world.

  • POOR TOMS GIN HALL

    After three years of operation, the distillers have opened a public bar in their inner west warehouse.

  • THE DOSS HOUSE

    An old-world whisky bar in The Rocks.

  • SOLERA BAR

    Barangaroo's new small bar serving up rare Champagne and charcuterie boards.

  • SHADY PINES SALOON

    The Darlinghurst original that spawned an empire.

  • MAYBE FRANK RANDWICK

    Serving pizza and award-winning cocktails up the hill from the beach.

  • BERT'S

    A decadent new dining room attached to Merivale's northern beaches pub.

  • THE FERNERY

    Mosman's greenhouse-inspired rooftop with a gin room and a rosé bar.

  • DOOR KNOCK

    A hard-to-find underground cocktail bar in the CBD.

  • FLAMINGO LOUNGE

    The Hugos Kings Cross space as been reborn with a new concept.

  • MONKEY'S CORNER

    A near-faultless small 20-seat cocktail bar from the team behind KOI dessert bar.

  • JACOBY'S TIKI BAR

    Enmore's 'Twin Peaks'-themed tiki bar will take you to another dimension of bowl-sized cocktails and free banana chips.

  • THE RIO

    Summer Hill's long-standing milk bar is now a spot for Negronis, cheese boards and boozy milkshakes.

  • MISFITS

    A fun bar and casual dining experience in the heart of the Redfern resurgence.

  • MJOLNER

    A Thor-inspired carvery doing modern Nordic food and exceptional cocktails.

  • FONZARELLI'S

    Surry Hills' 1950s-inspired bar dedicated to The Fonz.

  • UNTIED

    With an oyster bar, Aussie-themed cocktails and a view over the harbour.

  • BURROW BAR

    This cosy, hidden gem feels just like a friend's lounge room.

  • GUNTHER'S DINING ROOM

    We can’t keep Redfern’s retro Euro bar a secret, comrades.

  • QUEENS HOTEL

    Say hello to Queen Chow and The Smelly Goat.

  • THE LONG GOODBYE

    Darlinghurst's film noir-inspired cocktail bar.

  • JANGLING JACK'S

    Find blues, soul and cocktails inspired by the notorious historic locals of Potts Point at this neighbourhood speakeasy.

  • CHARLIE PARKER'S

    Cosy basement bar at Fred's with exposed sandstone, seasonal cocktails and killer bar snacks.

  • EAST VILLAGE HOTEL

    The three-tiered Darlinghurst pub gets new life with an upstairs sports bar and rooftop terrace.

  • HACIENDA

    Sydney Harbour's Cuban-inspired vista bar.

  • BIG POPPA'S

    Hello Sailor has been transformed into a cheese, wine and hip hop bar.

  • KITTYHAWK

    Combining a French military aesthetic with an end of war party vibe, and stocked with over 900 spirits — expect banging cocktails.

  • RESTAURANT HUBERT

    High-class French food in a subterranean space on Bligh Street. The chicken fricassée is the stuff of legend.

  • PS40

    The 'open soda door' from former Bulletin Place, Sokyo and Der Raum folks.

  • SINCE I LEFT YOU

    This could be your CBD paradise.

  • BUSBY UNDER THE GARAGE

    Discover this hidden basement bar underneath Riley Street Garage.

  • J&M WHISKY BAR

    Merivale's upstairs spirit den comes with personal drinks trolley service.

  • ICEBERGS DINING ROOM AND BAR

    Waterside food and views worth a million bucks.

  • THE CROSSING

    Creative snacks and cocktails in a damn good-looking bar.

  • MAMASAN

    Dine in your own private opium den

  • DARLO COUNTRY CLUB

    An LA-style social club from the team behind the Lobo Plantation.

  • PEG LEG PYRMONT

    Nautical food and liquor for landlubbers.

  • DELLA HYDE

    Slip into cruise control this Oxford Street basement cocktail bar.

  • HENRY DEANE

    The Palisade's luxe rooftop bar is the best place to take in Sydney.

  • THE CLARE BAR

    Three high-end restaurants, 62 guest rooms and its very own custom-designed scent.

  • MAMASAN SURRY HILLS

    Bondi's beloved Asian-fusion joint has expanded to the Hills.

  • DEAD RINGER

    The Bulletin Place team reinvent Bacardi Breezers, Redskins and so many nostalgic favourites.

  • HOTEL PALISADE

    Boarded up for close to a decade, this bar gained a new lease on life in 2015. Keep things casual downstairs, or head upstairs for cocktails and a killer view.

  • MIDDLEBAR

    Inspired by Cuban cocktail joints, the former Lo-Fi space is now a make-your-own G&T bar.

  • ROSIE CAMPBELL'S

    Warmth, spice and vibrancy emanates from the corner of Campbell and Crown Streets.

  • BLOODY MARY'S

    Darlinghurst's new Hamptons-inspired joint making some of the most hectic Bloody Marys in Sydney.

  • BENNELONG

    Bennelong is more casual and relaxed than ever before — but that doesn't mean the food isn't show-stopping.

  • BARRIO CELLAR

    Some of Sydney's best tequila and mezcal cocktails await at the Barrio Chino team's basement bar.

  • THE SWINGING CAT

    A sophisticated homage to New Orleans and its signature drink, the sazerac.

  • THIS MUST BE THE PLACE

    Head to this Oxford Street cocktail oasis for great spritz and natural wine.

  • PEEKABOO

    A hidey-hole of a small bar off the beaten Woolloomooloo path.

  • PARSONS BAR

    Once a '20s gangster battleground, now a shady speakeasy.

  • COOGEE PAVILION ROOFTOP

    Life's a beach at the imaginative Coogee Pavilion's beachfront rooftop bar.

  • STILLERY

    Sydney’s new destination for the gin-uinely passionate.

  • OPERA BAR

    A must-do with out-of-towners or when you're seeing a gig at the Opera House.

  • THE SMOKING PANDA

    Panda Coladas flow until 5am at this recently-opened CBD bar.

  • KNOX STREET BAR

    This cement-walled drinking dungeon hosts live music, storytelling, burlesque and drink-and-draw classes.

  • SECRET GARDEN BAR

    Secret Garden Bar has once again reinforced that if you’re a fan of fun, the inner west needs to be your playground.

  • THE BALMAIN HOTEL

    The West End Hotel is reborn as The Balmain, complete with Flamingo Room and a transcontinental menu.

  • HUSTLE & FLOW

    Hustle in and flow out of Redfern's new hip hop-inspired drinks and beats spot.

  • THE WILD ROVER

    The boys behind Grandma's inject a bit of craic into Sydney's bar scene.

  • THE COTTAGE BAR & KITCHEN

    Where every night is the dinner party you've dreamed of one day throwing.

  • THE SODA FACTORY

    Follow Bobby's for boozy spiders and '50s tunes.

  • THE BOURBON

    The Bourbon is all about New Orleans Creole.

  • BULLETIN PLACE

    A prodigious example of in-the-know barmen strutting their stuff.

  • THE ROOK

    This rooftop bar will have you digging on lobster almost as much as our lobster-obsessed American friends.

  • THE BOTANIST

    Sprightly and whimsical, The Botanist is abloom with good food, great drinks and a fun, furzy mood.

  • SWEETHEARTS ROOFTOP

    The Cross' open-air diamond in the rough.

  • GILT LOUNGE

    Gilt is Sydney's newest CBD hidey hole perfect for bona fide cocktail aficionados.

  • GRAIN

    Grain is a prototype of eating and drinking decadence. A place of sultry looks, sophisticated liquor and inspiring service.

  • UNCLE MING’S

    This York Street basement bar is a little bit kitsch and a little bit mysterious.

  • MRS SIPPY

    Double Bay, as many would have you believe, has long been starved of a healthy bar scene. Mrs Sippy, however, presents an argument to the contrary.

  • MOJO RECORD BAR

    Tucked away behind Mojo Records on York Street lies this inner city drinking cave.

  • ARCADIA LIQUORS

    A fairy-lit small bar with a sweet little courtyard out the back.

  • SPOONING GOATS

    This is one of the few basement level bars in the CBD that you can find without a compass and a lucky crystal.

  • BLACKSHEEP

    Owners Peter Sulis and Aaron Fitton have united with the idea of creating a local's bar that never fails to surprise.

  • PALMER & CO.

    A hidden, but well-known, cocktail bar reminiscent of Sydney's notorious past of speakeasies, sly grog and razor gangs.

  • THE ANCHOR

    Good old fashioned fun in Bondi.

  • ASSEMBLY

    Assembly is a spanking new option on the city's map of small bars with the atmosphere of an adult's treehouse.

  • THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL

    This is the small bar Newtown never knew it needed.

  • STITCH BAR

    A subterranean bar with sewing machines and hot dogs.

  • THE ROOSEVELT

    A refined, NYC-inspired bar sending you back to the 1950s with champagne, plenty of cocktails and $1 oysters every Thursday.

  • TIO'S CERVECERIA

    Surry Hills' home of tequila, cocktails and free popcorn.

  • THE DOCK

    Redfern's dive bar with great tasting bottled lager for $5, free popcorn and beer-based cocktails.

  • THE LITTLE GUY

    Boysenberry cider, a 16-strong beer list and live music.

  • THE BAXTER INN

    A cavernous whisky bar where the bartenders know their stuff and good times are at the top of the agenda.

  • HEMINGWAY’S

    The atmosphere of a writer's den, insanely long opening hours, fun and flavorsome food, a drinks menu that will keep even the most inspired drinker guessing, and not even the slightest degree of pretension.

  • FREDA'S

    Finding Freda’s is like stepping through the back of a magic wardrobe.

  • CORRIDOR

    This aptly-named small bar is brimming with more than its fair share of goodness.

  • LOW302

    Darlo bar hoppers may not be starved for their pick of small bars, but Low’s got a little something the others don’t.

  • THE OWL HOUSE

    The Owl House is a secluded treat. If only for a conversation with the barmen, it's definitely worth a visit now and then.

  • EAU DE VIE

    While not technically a speakeasy, this cocktail bar is about as close as you can get to the guilty pleasures of Boardwalk Empire.

  • POCKET

    Pocket's grungy, laid-back aesthetic, unpretentious atmosphere and funky beats deeply layered with lo-end bass will make you empty out your pockets again and again.

  • GRANDMA'S

    A CBD cocktail bar with faded granny glamour.

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