Best Specialty Bars in Sydney

8 August 2017

From secret, basement whiskey rooms to glamorous cocktail bars, Sydney has lots of speakeasy-style establishments serving up high-end spirits, specialty cocktails and craft beers. Check out some of the best specialty bars in Sydney and start planning your next evening out.

Eau-de-Vie, Darlinghurst

Eau De Vie, Darlinghurst. Sydney Bars and Nightlife.

Eau De Vie, Darlinghurst.

Best for – Old Hollywood Glamour

Head to Eau-de-Vie to sip delicious cocktails in sumptuous 1920s style surrounds. This dimly-lit, prohibition-style bar specialises in handcrafted cocktails and high-end spirits. What’s more, those looking for something special can venture into the secret Whisky Room to peruse the selection of rare whiskies hidden here.

The Baxter Inn, City Centre

The Baxter Inn, Sydney.  Sydney Bars and Nightlife.

The Baxter Inn, Sydney.

Best for – Whiskey Lovers

Keeping a low profile, Baxter Inn is a basement bar located down an alleyway off Clarence Street. Famed for its extensive selection of international whiskies, this underground bar is one of the best places to grab a single malt or a classic Old Fashioned in Sydney. Whether you love sweet American whiskey blends or prefer a fiery scotch, the bartenders at Baxter’s Inn are on hand to guide you through their lengthy list of spirits.

Lobo PlantationCity Centre

Lobo Plantation, Sydney.  Sydney Bars and Nightlife

Lobo Plantation, Sydney.

Best for – Rum Aficionados

Serving over 250 different types of local and international rum, Lobo Plantation is the perfect place to enjoy a specialty cocktail in the city. For an extra special tour of the rums on offer, take on one of the bar’s Rum Flights. Choose a world region and let the Lobo bartenders take you on a journey of its signature rums, from Central American styles to Caribbean tipples.

Grandma’s BarCity Centre

Grandma's, Sydney.  Sydney Bars and Nightlife

Grandma’s Bar, Sydney.

Best for – Cosy, Late-night Cocktails

Great for small groups and after-work drinks, Grandma’s is a quirky basement bar in the CBD that combines kitsch decor with high class cocktails. As laidback as your Grandma’s place, this small bar has a wide range of specialty spirits and tiki-style cocktails. Check out their old-school ‘supper’ menu and perhaps try some jaffles alongside your boutique beverage.

Bitter PhewDarlinghurst

Bitter Phew, Darlinghurst. Sydney  Bars and Nightlife

Bitter Phew, Darlinghurst.

Best for – World-class Craft Beer

Just metres from the bustle of Oxford Street, craft beer fans should head upstairs to Bitter Phew to discover the best in Australian and international beer. With 12 rotating taps pouring a variety of beer styles, there are plenty of opportunities to both try something new and revisit old favourites. Bitter Phew also stocks specialty whiskies and wines, and whips up delicious cocktails in their cosy drink haven.

Absinthesalon, Surry Hills

Best for – An Authentic Absinthe Experience

Famously loved by romantic poets and visionaries of old, absinthe has now found a home in the heart of Surry Hills. Located on Albion Street, Absinthesalon serves this revered spirit in an intimate, baroque-style space. Book a table and discover the history of absinthe; choose from a menu which includes some of the finest authentic French and Swiss absinthes found in Australia.