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Sydney bars

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  • Craft beer in Sydney

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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.

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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