Just a short walk down Cowper Street from Broadway and Glebe Pt Road, The Friend in Hand looks from the outside like many other Art-Deco era pubs. Step inside, though, and what you’re confronted with is something...
Discover a vibrant bar scene
Whether you like vine or grain, cocktail or craft, there’s a bar out there ready to pour you something to love - and 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.
About Sydney bars
Sydney is home to a diverse range of bars, from underground whiskey establishments and classic breweries to stylish wine bars and rooftop venues.
Absorb spectacular views over a cocktail at the Opera Bar, situated next to the fabulous Sydney Opera House. Watch Sydney Harbour shimmer at the sunset illuminates the brilliant Sydney Opera House sails. View the Harbour from the rooftop of The Glenmore, a historic local favourite in The Rocks.
The Lord Nelson Brewery and Hero of Waterloo are historical local pubs, built from local sandstone in the heart of The Rocks. One the oldest continuously-licensed pub in Sydney, The Lord Nelson brewery offers a substantial range of hearty brews alongside old favourites.
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.
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.