Sydney bars


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.

  • 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.

  • 121 BC, Surry Hills

    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


    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.

Raising the Bar

Tokyo Bird, Surry Hills.

Building on a raft of already stellar watering holes, the class of 2015 offers a new collection of experiences that’s as impressive as it is eclectic. This Must Be the Place in Darlinghurst packs a double‐dose of mixological talent. Its specialty is longer, spritz‐style drinks given a Sydney twist, but co‐owners Charlie Ainsbury and Luke Ashton can be relied upon to shake, shimmy and stir their way to good times whatever your flavour.

At The Gretz in Enmore, snacks share the limelight as much as the drinks, with gutsy cocktails and interesting beers complemented by oysters natural, kilpatrick or rockefeller, crab legs, and rolls stuffed with delectable bug and crab meat.

The party vibe continues at Surly’s, an American‐inflected bar and barbecue joint in Surry Hills that’s still go‐Aussie enough to rename its take on the classic Greyhound cocktail The Dishlicker, while a few blocks over at Tokyo Bird, Japan is the inspiration, with grilled chicken bits on sticks the complement to Yamazaki whisky, Robot Ninja pale ale and cocktails rich in shiso, yuzu and sake.

  1. Sydney Rowing Club

    Sydney Rowing Club

    For a true destination experience, catch the 30 minute ferry from Circular Quay, or any of the many stops in between along the idyllic Parramatta River to the Abbotsford Wharf, home of the famous Sydney Rowing Club....

  2. Button Bar

    Button Bar

    After the success of Pocket Bar and Stitch, the owners brand new venture has an underground feeling about it with leather booths and dark nooks and crannies shaped a bit like the galley of a pirate ship...

  3. Manly Wharf Hotel

    Manly Wharf Hotel

    The Manly Wharf Hotel creates the traditional feel and culture of the great Sydney seaside pubs but with a modern feel and hospitality, making it a welcoming place for everyone, from locals to tourists....

  4. 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...

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