Cocktail bars in Sydney

Know your mojito from your Manhattan? Have strong opinions on shaken versus stirred? Take a seat at one of Sydney’s sparkling cocktail bars where the best in the business are mixing up new creations every night using native ingredients, boutique spirits and even a little fire.

You never have to drink the same cocktail twice at Bulletin Place near Circular Quay, named Sydney’s best cocktail bar by Time Out. There are just five on the list and they change daily depending on the seasonal produce available. At PS40, hand-crafted sodas are made on-site and used to create their signature cocktails.

Cocktail at Henry Deane with harbour views, Hotel Palisade, Millers Point

The Roosevelt in Potts Point used liquid nitrogen to super-chill its martinis and at Eau de Vie in Darlinghurst cocktails are prepared with theatrical flair. 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.

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 Plantation. Enjoy cocktails with a side of live music at Camelot Lounge in Marrickville.

Bartender creating cocktails at Nick and Nora's bar in Parramatta

For drinks with a view, head to the top of the historic Hotel Palisade in Millers Point and the Henry Deane cocktail bar. In Parramatta, Nick & Nora’s is a rooftop art deco-styled cocktail bar with panoramic 270-degree views over Western Sydney extending all the way into the city.

Two internationally famous cocktail bars opened outposts in Sydney in 2018. New York’s Employees Only, once named the world’s best cocktail bar, set up shop near Martin Place. London’s Scout now sits on the top floor of The Dolphin in Surry Hills where the staff ferment wine from bananas and distil peaches to make gin.

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