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Sydney bars


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.

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Bars in Sydney

The Hero Of Waterloo in The Rocks, image by James Horan

Bar culture in Sydney has really taken off, with stylish, glamorous and quirky establishments popping up all around the city.

In the CBD, The Baxter Inn recalls an American saloon and has more than 156 whiskeys! Also in the city centre is the glamorous Ivy Bar, the place to see and be seen. Nearby, The Lobo Plantation, a 50s-styled bar, specialises in Caribbean cocktails.

At Circular Quay, sit outside and enjoy Opera Bar's magnificent location at the foot of the Sydney Opera House. Also at Circular Quay, Bulletin Place attracts truly discerning cocktail aficionados – the bar employs some of the best cocktail-makers in the country.

The Wine Library in Woollahra has a vast wine list, attracting an older, more sophisticated crowd. Nearby in Darlinghurst, Eau De Vie offers 1920s charm and seriously good cocktails – it's no wonder the bar has won so many awards! Also in Darlinghurst is Shady Pines Saloon; order a bourbon or whiskey neat, or leave it to the talented bartenders to create a cocktail for you.

Button Bar in Surry Hills is pirate-themed. Its wood-panelled interior and leather banquettes make for a cosy setting to enjoy some rock 'n' roll tunes and drinks with mates.

In Bondi Junction, El Topo is a bright, modern Mexican bar with great margaritas and dishes to share. Head to Bondi's Icebergs Dining Room and Bar for a glamorous venue with amazing views.

Manly, a picturesque ferry ride from Circular Quay, is a must-visit for Sydney's bar scene. Miss Marley's is a gorgeous little tequila bar with a 50's feel. You really haven't tasted tequila until you try what's available here. Just near the beach, enjoy a fruity tropical drink at Sugar Lounge or a nice glass of sparkling at Manly Wine. Near the ferry wharf, watch the boats and paddle boarders go by while you sip a cocktail or two at Manly Wharf Hotel or Hugos.

Waterside bars

Harbourside bars in Sydney provide a spectacular backdrop to meet with friends. Catch a ferry from Circular Quay to Cockatoo Island and enjoy stunning Sydney Harbour vistas at The Island Bar. Try Water Bar at Blue Sydney on Woolloomooloo Wharf ot take in superb views from the many bars at The Star casino and Flying Fish Bar in Pyrmont.

Island Bar, Cockatoo Island
Beer at the Australian Hotel

Pubs in Sydney

The pub scene in Sydney is buzzing year-round. Visit The Rocks for a heritage feel at the Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel, Orient Hotel and The Glenmore. The Tilbury Hotel in Woolloomooloo, The Welcome Hotel in Rozelle and the Marlborough Hotel in Newtown are also all great spots to visit.

Ananas Bar and Grill

More bars in Sydney's CBD

Sydney's vibrant bar scene is full of personality. Palmer & Co is a subterranean, prohibition-style bar serving a variety of cocktails, gins, whiskeys, absinthes and tequilas. Rockpool Bar and Grill has a well-deserved reputation – enjoy great food and wine in a glamorous location. Champagne connoisseurs will enjoy Bar Ananas.

View towards Kings Cross

Potts Point and Kings Cross

No matter what time of day, you can always enjoy good food and drink at Potts Point and Kings Cross. The Roosevelt offers cocktails and modern American-style bar food in a prohibition-themed setting. Hinky Dinks is a cute 50's-style bar serving cocktails and delicious bar snacks. At Hugos Lounge, enjoy a bustling bar and great pizza.