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.
Sydney’s buzzing craft beer scene
Do you enjoy exploring lots of different bar scenes? Or are you a loyal supporter of your local, where the crowd and atmosphere is just right? Whatever your taste or style, you're sure to find it in Sydney.
Marrickville’s Batch Brewing Co also plays host to food trucks from time to time, so you can chow down on a taco with your Vienna lager or a reuben with your Campos coffee-flavoured milk stout.
For a more old-school setting, it’s tough to go past the Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel, one of the great historic watering holes of The Rocks, the oldest continuously licensed pub in Sydney, and a long-time standard-bearer for interesting beers.
Fans of tequila and mescal flock to Tio’s Cerveceria in Foster Street, Surry Hills and Mr Moustache Bistrot & Cantina in Bondi, while dedicated rum drinkers plunge into the options from Barbados, Jamaica, Cuba and beyond at city centre The Lobo Plantation.
In the good-time all-rounder category, the Swillhouse family of bars puts an emphasis on friendly service and great tunes, whether you’re talking cold tinnies, peanuts in the shell and country music at Shady Pines Saloon, blues, pretzels and whisky at The Baxter Inn or late-night good times and great rock and roll at Frankie’s Pizza.
The names to beat in the wine world include the bar at Bentley in the CBD and its hopping Potts Point wine-bar offshoot, Monopole; the friendly city-centre Fix St James; the tiny and well-hidden Love, Tilly Devine in Darlinghurst and the rollicking Wine Library in Woollahra, not to mention hardcore Italian specialists 121BC in Surry Hills. For something a little stronger, there’s an almost overwhelming range to choose from, but for crystal-clear cocktail excellence, visit the perfectionists at Bulletin Place in the city and Eau-de-Vie in Darlinghurst.
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