Cocktail bars in Sydney

Sydney knows how to serve up a perfectly crafted cocktail. Whether that's a martini with oomph or a refreshing mojito, you'll be served by the best in the business. For a unique expression of the Harbour City, step away from the classic cocktails and choose creative concoctions made seasonal produce, native ingredients and boutique spirits.

Couple enjoying drinks and bar snacks at Sokyo in Pyrmont , Sydney City

Inner city sipping

You never have to drink the same cocktail twice at the city's innovative bars. PS40 is known for its creativity, and its hand-crafted sodas – flavours include wattleseed cola and smoked lemonade – are used to create the bar's signature cocktails.

Woman enjoying a drink at Maybe Sammy cocktail bar in The Rocks, Sydney City

For sensory overload, order a New Frontier at Maybe Sammy in The Rocks and you’ll be presented with a pillow inflated with coffee aromas to smell before you drink. More fun is to be had at The Roosevelt in ;Potts Point, which uses liquid nitrogen to super-chill its martinis. An outpost of New York’s Employees Only, once named the world’s best cocktail bar, set up shop near Martin Place.

Bartender creating a specialty cocktail at Jacoby’s Tiki Bar in Enmore, Inner Sydney

Themed cocktail bars

You can't help but have a good time at a themed joint, it's the bar equivalent of a dress-up party. Jacoby’s Tiki Bar in Enmore proves that good cocktails don’t have to be serious – have yours served in a giant clam shell or set on fire. Discover New Orleans voodoo style at Papa Gede’s or step back to the glory days of Cuba at rum bar The Lobo.

Nick and Nora's - Parramatta - Sydney West

Cocktails with a view

Henry Deane is a chic cocktail bar on the top floors or the historic Hotel Palisade, overlooking Millers Point to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Climb the stairs of a non-descript office building in Clarence Street and you’ll discover Old Mate’s Place, a cosy bar with a secret rooftop terrace. In Parramatta, Nick & Nora’s is an art deco-styled cocktail bar with panoramic 270-degree views over Western Sydney extending all the way into the city.