Sydney bars

In response to the outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the NSW Government has announced that all non-essential businesses will temporarily shut down. Pubs, licensed clubs and hotels (excluding accommodation), places of worship, gyms, indoor sporting venues, cinemas and casinos closed from midday Monday 23 March. Restaurants and cafes should now offer takeaway only.

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 in Sydney

  • Kogarah Clubhouse – the former Kogarah RSL Club has opened after an extensive redeveloped.
  • Will's - Merivale's newest cocktail bar on the middle level of Coogee Pavilion
  • Una Mas – tapas and wine bar on the middle level of Coogee Pavilion
  • The Cat’s Meow – 1920’s style bar in Darlinghurst featuring photos from Sydney in that era and a dedicated champagne room.
  • The Big Easy – New Orleans style cocktail bar
  • Stanleys – a Miami inspired bar in Potts Point
  • Saga Bar – jungle styled bar in Chippendale with a weekly changing cocktail menu

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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