Sydney bars

Highlights

Whether you like grape or grain, cocktails or craft beer, there’s a bar out there ready to pour you something you’ll love, and quite probably introduce you to something new along the way. On the brewing front, there’s much to be said for going straight to the source.

  • Eau de Vie, Sydney
  • Craft beer in Sydney

About Sydney's Bar Scene

The Hero Of Waterloo in The Rocks, Sydney Bars

Sydney is home to a diverse range of bars, from underground whiskey establishments to sleek wine bars, casual rooftop haunts and trendy urban breweries. Each night of the week, the city has all of these options and more on tap.

For a gutsy stout, head to Manly favourite Four Pines Brewing Company or try the real ale at Young Henrys tasting room in Newtown. Marrickville’s Batch Brewing Co plays host to food trucks, so you can pair tacos with your Vienna lager or a jaffle with your coffee-flavoured pint.

The Lord Nelson Brewery is a fantastic local pub in the heart of The Rocks. The oldest continuously-licensed pub in Sydney, this historic brewery also offers a substantial range of quirky craft brews alongside some old favourites.

Thanks to Sydney’s stunning harbourside location, many rooftop bars offer fantastic views and a relaxed outdoor atmosphere. The Glenmore is a local favourite that sits atop a heritage listed building in The Rocks, or you can visit Ivy Bar for a poolside tipple.

Sports bars come alive for competitive events in Sydney. Live local and overseas matches can be caught at the 24/7 sports bar at The Star, or you can kick back to watch your favourite match at Coogee Bay Hotel.

For a taste of tequila and mezcal, check out Tio’s Cerveceria in Surry Hills and Mr Moustache on Bondi Beach, while visitors can plunge into a range of rum options from Barbados, Jamaica, Cuba and beyond at CBD hotspot, The Lobo Plantation.

For an all-round good time, the Swillhouse family of bars puts an emphasis on friendly service and great tunes, whether you’re talking cold tinnies and country music at Shady Pines Saloon; blues, pretzels and whisky at The Baxter Inn; or late-night slices and great rock at Frankie’s Pizza.

If a good drop of wine is preferred, the names to memorise include the bar at Bentley in the CBD and Monopole, their wine bar offshoot in Potts Point. Visit Fix St James for an after-work refreshment, enjoy the quirky laneway vibe at Love, Tilly Devine, or delve into the extensive collection at the Wine Library in Woollahra.

Drinks with a View

Ivy Pool Club, Sydney

The sky’s the limit when it comes to scenic watering holes in Sydney. Pull up a seat and soak up the view. Sydney’s rooftop bars are a highlight summer experience, offering uninterrupted views of the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the city skyline - the perfect place to relax and enjoy a chilled beer, wine or cocktail in the sunshine.

Up-close harbour vistas along the length of brand new Cuban-themed Hacienda in East Circular Quay’s Pullman Quay Grand are sure to make the 1950s Miami-inspired space a summer hotspot. Just along the quay, Cafe Sydney’s enviable position on the rooftop of Customs House ensures to-die-for Sydney Harbour Bridge views.

For beachside views you can’t beat Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel’s position at the top of the harbour in the east, or the uninterrupted seascape from the Rooftop Bar on level three of refurbished Coogee Pavilion. If poolside cabanas and cocktails are more your speed, don’t miss Ivy’s Pool Club further along George Street in the CBD.

  • Pocket Bar, Darlinghurst

    Small bars

    Smaller establishments have been dominating the Sydney bar scene for quite some time now. Choose from an impressive list of cocktail and whiskey specialists, tiny speakeasies, inviting wine libraries and hidden laneway hotspots, many of which boast award-winning drinks lists and decorated bartenders.

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    Wine bars

    Whether you’re a novice who just loves a tasty glass of red or an oenophile looking to indulge in some top-shelf varieties, Sydney has several wine bars from which to savour the best local and imported drops. There are wine libraries and sleek CBD establishments, late-night hotspots and quieter havens.

  • Socceroos vs South Africa, ANZ Stadium

    Sports bars

    Gathering at a local sports bar to watch a game with groups of excited superfans is the Aussie way. Here you can experience huge LCD screens, 24/7 viewing and live matches from overseas. Multiple screens often ensure you don’t miss a minute of your favourite sports.

  • The Star Sky Terrace, Sydney Festival, Sydney

    Rooftop bars

    Rooftop bars combine many of the best features of Sydney: quality beer, wine and cocktails; stellar views across the CBD and harbour; and an opportunity to take advantage of those balmy summer nights and moderate winter evenings in a relaxed outdoor setting with a friendly crowd.

  • The Australian Hotel, The Rocks

    Craft beer

    Sydney’s craft beer scene has experienced a revolution over the past few years thanks to the city’s emerging breweries and passionate retailers. A favourite amongst the city’s hipster community, craft beer is all about interesting brews created by pioneering, small-scale manufacturers.

  • Sokyo, Sydney

    Cocktails

    Sydney boasts several award-winning bartenders who know a thing or two about combining different liquor profiles with creative and quirky juices, extracts and sweeteners to produce creatively-named cocktails. Visit a range of stylish, sleek or subterranean establishments to get your fill.

  1. Stitch Bar

    Stitch Bar

    Hot on the heels of its big sister Pocket Bar, Stitch is on York Street behind a tailor shop. The facade is a quirky basement bar. Serving up burgers and dogs alongside top shelf spirits and an innovative cocktail...

  2. Grandma's Bar

    Grandma's Bar

    Vintage clothing has made a resurgence and at Grandma's, so has vintage dining. Step back in time and enjoy a cocktail served in patterned crockery, while being surrounded by floral wallpaper, vintage lamps and...

  3. The Unicorn

    The Unicorn

    The first beer was poured at the Unicorn Hotel, Paddington, in 1941, after a rebuild of the Croft’s Family Hotel, which had stood on the site since the mid 1800’s. After many years of service to the locals...

  4. The Little Guy Glebe

    The Little Guy Glebe

    The little guy, your friendly local in Glebe. A comfortable social environment where friends can meet, strangers can become friends and where neighbours are The Little Guy's best customers. Come on down...

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