An inner-city fave, hidden high above the hustle and bustle, The Rook has unveiled a fresh new look and menu. Known for it’s innovative cocktail list and skyline views, rooftop bar The Rook has entered a new era; now drenched in dusty pinks and burgundy, with deep tan leather seating and a striking feature wall adorned with abstract street art. Its moody, dimly-lit bar features beautiful dark pink marbling and a terracotta bar, where guests can enjoy a range of ...
Renowned New York bar Employees Only will open in Sydney this Saturday, 24th November. Located in a heritage-listed basement on Barrack Street, Employees Only Sydney will make its mark on Australia’s hospitality scene with flawlessly-executed cocktails and refined food, served in a beautiful space without pretence.
All Hands Brewing House
All Hands Brewing House on King Street Wharf is an iconic harbourside microbrewery and public house. Drawing inspiration from the history and tradition of the King St docks, whilst celebrating the art of contemporary brewing and modern dining, the venue features a menu with a focus on Southern-style comfort food and ocean-fresh seafood. All Hands Brewing House is a place for after-work drinks, family lunches, craft beer connoisseurs and postmatch pints.
Papa Gede's Bar
Voodoo decor, monthly comedy and creative cocktails? We’ll meet you there. Down a cobblestone laneway off Kent Street, Papa Gede’s is a cosy bar that’s all about the cocktails, whose names stick to the voodoo them. Dimly and mysterious, the bar is vibey and dog-friendly to boot.
This plantation style bar, with unparalleled vistas over Circular Quay and the Harbour Bridge offers a select food menu with Caribbean inclinations, a curated cocktail list and ample choices of dark liquors – rum and whiskey being the natural preferences. At Hacienda, all you need to do is sit back and enjoy the pastel-heavy palette with greenery artfully strewn throughout.
B. Lucky & Sons Entertainment Quarter
Hidden behind a vintage pawn shop façade, B. Lucky & Sons is not your average bar. Likened to a sophisticated adult playground, step inside the treasure trove and you'll find a luxurious bar and arcade decked out with eclectic furnishings – from traditional chesterfield armchairs to futuristic neon-lit octagonal booths. Work your way through the ‘East meets West’ menu, whilst you play on retro arcade games, and to quench your thirst, the extravagant drinks menu features an array of creative ...
ESQUIRE Drink + Dine
A luxurious experience from the outset, just one visit to Esquire Drink & Dine and you'll fall in love instantly. Just upstairs from sister venue Reign, Esquire is darker and more mysterious in its approach – think dark wood interiors and moody lighting. For serious mixology buffs, look to the menu for their signature cocktails and their beautifully detailed descriptions – that reads more like a story than a drinks list. Feeling peckish? There is a decadent menu of small ...
An adventurous new watering hole in the heart of Sydney CBD, Jackalberry is the immersive cocktail bar you have been waiting for. Named after the native African tree, Jackalberry offers a glimpse of the world’s flavours with each of its thoughtfully concocted cocktails, delectable food offering and lush interiors. Allowing guests to be transported around the world without leaving the city, Jackalberry is the Inner City escape every Sydneysider needs to experience.
Old Mates Place
Another slick rooftop hangout, at Old Mate’s Place you'll find the best of both worlds: inside – a well-hidden, stately drinking den, and outside –a bright, sun-drenched open-air bar. This two-floor juxtaposed venue serves up a broad range of signature and classics cocktails, along with a well-stocked back bar that will please the most discerning beverage elitist. Don't worry about eating before your visit, you'll be more than satisifed with the rotating menu of unique bar morsels.
Tucked away on Pailings Lane, Merivale's Bar Topa is a Spanish-style tapas bar. Inspired by the social experience of dining tapas-style, Bar Topa is as authentic as they come; from the vibrant atmosphere to the traditional flavours. Popular with the 9 to 5 set, Bar Topa's selection of small bites and dishes cooked on 'la plancha' are perfect for an after-work visit.
Four Seasons’ very moody, dimly-lit bar known as Grain is a frequented watering hole near Circular Quay. Based beside the entrance of the hotel, the humble bar boasts bespoke craft beers and an impressive organic and biodynamic wine list. For those desiring a more potent dash of alcohol, there’s a wide range of international whiskies and classic cocktails with contemporary twists.
A classy Mosman pub with marble interiors, leather booths and luxe detailing throughout. The Buena has proved to be a bastion of fine dining, cemented by the recent addition of Bistro Moncur on the ground floor. Upstairs, the Vista Bar’s bright, open ambience is just the place for a big Saturday lunch or an after work rosé.
Bar Ombré is a breath of fresh air designed for Sydney sunset bliss and offers a laid-back, intimate bar experience for city dwellers. The first bar for Sydney restaurant fave Salt Meats Cheese, the sensational rooftop setting, delicious shared-style eats and European inspired cocktails celebrate the best of Italian Aperitivo dining. The greenery adorned space and brightly coloured furniture sets the scene for a perfect golden hour catch up, that rolls into the long night ahead.
The Baxter Inn
In the basement of a Clarence Street building, The Baxter Inn serves an extensive list of whiskies paired with complimentary pretzels. The long, dimly-lit bar’s walls are lined with more than 800 whiskies and a wide range of liquors. For the full experience head to the whiskey room hidden in the cellar. For the non-whiskey lovers, they also have classic cocktails and an extensive wine list.
Reign at the QVB
The CBD's brand new Champagne parlour Reign is the only bar you need to know about. Situated within the heritage walls of the QVB, this chic watering hole is beautiful- from the pink-hued seating to the opulent lighting. Come night time, this luxe bar transforms into a buzzy late-night hotspot slinging Champagne by the bottle and perfected aperitifs. Open from Thursday to Sunday till 2am, Reign is the place to dine, drink and be seen.
This hidden gem has been feeding in the know locals for years but it’s time we let the secret out. With its balcony vista overlooking the bay, Mosman Rowers boasts a prime position and delicious Bistro-style meals. The bistro serves up BBQ and seafood fare in a relaxed heritage-style space, perfect for a leisurely long lunch. It’s kid friendly too, which makes for a great Sunday afternoon outing with the family.
Spring Street Social
Spring Street Social is what happens when a pharmacist and truffle farmer opens a bar. It’s inventive, experimental and a little bit quirky. Inspired by the golden age of cure-all elixirs, this tapas and cocktail lounge has plush seats, bar stools, live music and a seriously cool ambiance.
Since its opening in 2008, Small Bar has been touted as one of Sydney’s original, well, small basr. Occupying a three-storey terrace, the rustic bar serves craft beer, Aussie and New Zealand wines, and simple share plates. There are plenty of places to settle in for the night, but our pick is the laneway or sandstone cellar.
The Royal George
The Royal George is a warm and welcoming watering hole with legions of fans. The English-style pub has a chilled-out vibe: you can catch a game, play pool, or sink into a leather couch and sip on a drink. Happy hour runs from 5-7pm and involves discounted drinks and wings, and there’s a full gastropub menu too.
When the boys behind Shady Pines Saloon and The Baxter Inn team up with pizza, it’s an unstoppable feat - and the outcome is Frankie’s Pizza. This retro pizza parlour and bar seems like a small Italian restaurant upon first encounter, but through two small doors lie a stage, booths, pinball machines and a bar which remains rowdy until the early hours.
Ash St. Cellar
Ash St Cellar is a go-to for those who live and work near the city. The restaurant has an upbeat, jovial ambience and an authentic menu. Wine lovers, there’s a lot to explore here: the wine list is divided into flavour notes, so you can opt for a vino that suits your taste to a tee. On balmy nights, go as early as you can to score one of the outdoor tables.
Bulletin Place Bar
A cosy small bar in Circular Quay (and by cosy we mean they only seat 45), Bulletin Place has garnered a lot of attention for their cocktail menu that changes daily. They have built their reputation on crafting cocktails from fresh produce sourced from the markets that morning – so no visit will be alike.