Small bars in Sydney
In laneways, basements and even beneath a carpark is an electrifying bar scene. These small bars tailor to every taste. Enjoy whisky, bourbon and gin joints, as well as nooks specialising in mixology, tequila, fine wines and craft beers. Tasting plates of delicious food are the perfect complement.
From the vibrant city and hip inner Sydney neighbourhoods to flavoursome Parramatta, adventurous Penrith and the iconic beach suburbs of Bondi, Manly and Cronulla, you’ll find plenty of sassy small bars in Sydney. There are small distilleries, too, with lovely bars for tasting their hand-crafted spirits.
You’ll discover 360 premium whiskies at The Baxter Inn, in the laneway off Clarence Street in the city centre. Tucked away on Sussex Lane is the Shirt Bar, where you can buy handsome shirts and enjoy moreish single malts. Stitch Bar is in a basement behind a tailor shop on bustling York Street.
Near the Sydney Opera House are enticing cocktail bars the Bulletin Place and the Three Bottle Man. A short train ride from the city centre are neighbouring Kings Cross, Potts Point and Darlinghurst, and institutions such as the Roosevelt, Eau de Vie, Shady Pines Saloon and Love, Tilly Devine, to name just a few.
You’ll find more intimate bars in Surry Hills, such as Vasco and Button Bar. In a Paddington basement on Oxford Street is Charlie Parker’s, where local botanicals are in the mix. 10 William St is a small wine bar amid the fashion and artisan boutiques in the Victorian terrace houses on William Street.
In Alexandria is the Archie Rose, a distillery with an enchanting bar. Relax with a drink by a wall of ageing whisky barrels, and there are in-depth distillery tours as well. You can combine a harbour ferry ride to Manly with tours and tastings at the Manly Spirits Co., another small distillery and bar.
Another great way to combine sightseeing with creative cocktails is to take a ferry from Circular Quay to Parramatta for Uncle Kurt’s, a small bar beneath a multi-storey carpark. Alternatively, after a day of adventure in Penrith, pop into Mr Watkins for refreshing cocktails, craft beer and fine wines.