Sydney bars

There are few better ways to experience Sydney than with a cold drink in hand. From waterside pubs and rooftop cocktail lounges to secret small bars, craft breweries and late night clubs, there’s a place for everyone. Catch up with friends, meet the locals and fall in love with a city that knows how to have a good time.

What's new this month

  • Cantina OK! – a tiny CBD Mexican bar with room for just 20 people and a huge mezcal menu.
  • Reign – chic late-night champagne bar in the QVB decked out in white and blush pink.
  • Green Moustache – North Sydney’s first rooftop garden bar with lush greenery and stellar city views.
  • B. Lucky & Sons – cool cocktails and old school arcade games at this new Entertainment Quarter spot.
  • Bar Clementine – cosy and elegant corner wine bar with a creative menu in Pyrmont.

Start with a drink at Sydney’s most famous address. Opera Bar sits right next to the Sydney Opera House and looks out over the harbour and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Step back in time in The Rocks at the 1830s Lord Nelson pub and the 1840s Doss House, a cosy basement whisky bar.

A couple enjoying a whiskey tasting at NOLA Smokehouse and Bar in Barangaroo

Head up for stylish drinks and breathtaking views at the city’s best hotel bars. Try Blu Bar on 36 at the Shangri-La, Zephyr at the Hyatt Regency, Zeta Bar at the Hilton, Hacienda at the Pullman Quay Grand, Level 7 at Primus Hotel and the Champagne Bar at Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour.

Sydney has undergone a small bar revolution in recent years, with tiny drinking dens popping up every week. The names are as creative as the drinks, like Old Mate’s Place in the city centre, Misfits in Redfern, Jacoby’s in Enmore, This Must Be the Place in Darlinghurst and Dear Saint Eloise in Potts Point.

Friends enjoying food and drinks at Hacienda Bar, Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour

You’ll find plenty of classic Australian pubs around the city, too. Local favourites include The Royal in Paddington, The Newport on the Northern Beaches, Hotel Palisade in Millers Point, The Glenmore Hotel in The Rocks, The Dolphin in Surry Hills and The Imperial in Erskineville.

Looking for a bar that suits your style? There’s one for you somewhere in the Harbour City.

  • Sydney City for quirky small bars, creative cocktails and heritage pubs.
  • Inner Sydney for boutique breweries, hipster haunts and live music.
  • Sydney East for rooftop bars, ocean views and beautiful people.
  • Sydney North for sprawling pubs, waterfront beer gardens and small batch breweries.
  • Sydney West for multicultural flavour, underground small bars and glamorous rooftops.
  • Sydney South for classic Aussie pubs, beach bars and tropical cocktails.

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