25 April 2013
Even when the mercury drops, there are plenty of places to soak up some fun indoors in Sydney. Locals and visitors alike will, find the harbour city has no shortage of unique bars to visit – so why not stop in for a drink or two? Read on for some of our top bars to enjoy in Sydney this winter.
Drink on the water
Sydney’s stunning harbour is famous for good reason – and luckily there are plenty of bars that offer fabulous views of its iconic landmarks, including the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
We recommend Bar at the End of the Wharf in Walsh Bay, which was designed by Sydney Theatre Company resident designer Alice Babidge and is particularly popular with theatregoers and the after-work crowd.
Elsewhere on the waterfront, we recommend Bulletin Place at Circular Quay. Located just one block from the harbour, this is a trendy place to enjoy a fabulous cocktail mixed by famed bartender Tim Phillips.
Alternatively, if you’re a wine lover, you won’t want to miss a visit to Tapavino. Also located at Circular Quay, you’ll find this friendly establishment is inspired by the best the Spanish cities of Madrid and Barcelona have to offer, from fine wine to delicious tapas.
Darlinghurst is the heart of Sydney’s nightlife scene, and there are plenty of trendy bars in the area where you can begin your evening in style!
We recommend The Hazy Rose on Stanley Street, which is family-run and has a cosy candle-lit interior that is perfect for taking the chill off a winter night. The menu here boasts an impressive range of clever cocktails, as well as a signature spiced brandy.
Elsewhere in Darlinghurst, the lodge-like decor of the Shady Pines Saloon sets the stage for a wild west-inspired night on the town. This is a brilliant place to experience the best in southern hospitality, enjoy a whiskey on the rocks and turn up the classic country and western tracks.If you’re a cocktail lover, trendy Eau de Vie is one Darlinghurst bar to watch. As the winner of the 2011 best cocktail bar in the world, this establishment is staffed by a team of expert mixologists who can blend delicious drinks to suit any palate.
Located just a hop, skip and a jump away from the Sydney CBD, Surry Hills is an excellent place to enjoy a night on the town, and boasts some of the most unique small bar offerings in the entire city.
Here, you will want to check out 121BC Cantina & Enoteca, which pays stunning tribute to the finest wines of Italy. If you’ve sampled your way through the menu and you’ve found something among the 300 wines on offer that take your fancy, you can even bring a bottle home with you from the adjoining cantina (wine shop).
This trendy wine bar also offers up simple, hearty Italian fare at communal dining tables, or if you’re feeling particularly peckish, you can always continue the meal at Vini, the Italian restaurant on the other side of the road.
Alternatively, if you are looking to unleash your inner Latino or Latina, you won’t want to miss a visit to Tio’s Cerveceria, which offers some of the finest tequila in Sydney. The fun atmosphere is boosted with neon animal-shaped lights and long tables, and you can even snack on bags of cleverly-spiced popcorn as you drink the night away.