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Best New Bars in Sydney for Cocktails & Good Times

Looking for a cool new drinking spot? The chic, best new bars in Sydney have got you covered

From intimate wine bars to cosy underground hangouts, March welcomes all kinds of wondrous new watering holes to Sydney. So, whether you’re after cocktail and a bite or wine with a beautiful view, we've found the best new bars in Sydney. These are the drinking spots your 2020 calendar is crying out for.

BEST NEW BARS IN SYDNEY

The Big Easy

Newly opened bar, The Big Easy, is bringing a generous serve of New Orleans-inspired charm to Darlinghurst’s buzzing food and drink scene. The bar, with its pared-back, chilled-out atmosphere, boasts an impressive cocktail, beer and wine list, not to mention a Cajun- and Creole-inspired food menu that adds a touch of spice to Sydney’s Inner-City nightlife. Be sure to sip on the gin-infused Hand Grenade #2 and snack on the seared Riverina angus skirt steak.

77 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst

Blossom Bar

One of the best new bars in Sydney and the latest venture from internationally acclaimed mixologist Grant Collins, transports revellers to the back streets of Shinjuku, Japan. Uber cool and teeny tiny, Blossom Bar is equal parts stylish and intimate. Serving up micro Japanese cocktails, Grant has looked to Japanese botanicals, shochu, sake and whiskey to create his impressive drinks menu. Plus, for anyone feeling peckish,  there’s sushi, sashimi and Japanese bites to nibble on while you sip.

24 Kensington Street, Chippendale

The Longueville Hotel

Affectionately known as ‘The Longy’, the iconic Lane Cove gastro pub has had a slick new makeover. The locals’ watering hole is delivering serious Palm Springs vibes; from the pastel hues and wooden furnishings, to the lively art adorned walls and greenery laden courtyard. This has Sunday session written all over it. There’s also a delicious new menu to try, but rest assured, you’ll still find all the same pub faves, together with a dedicated ‘schnitty’ menu, offering six different variations. Yum. 

80 Longueville Road, Lane Cove

CEDER’s Pop-Up x The Botanist

To encourage Sydneysiders to engage in kindness (to themselves and to others), The Botanist will host a month-long ‘CEDER’S POP-UP’ bar in support #MindfulMarch. Transforming the neighbourhood restaurant and bar into a retreat for rest and reflection, expect an Insta-worthy floral installation designed by Sydney's Lower North Shore, The Ivy League, healthy cocktail specials, free massages and mindful tips.

1st – 31st March

17 Willoughby Street, Kirribilli

BEST NEW BARS IN SYDNEY

FEBRUARY PICKS

Bar Totti's (Photo credit: Nikki To)
Bar Totti's

Bar Totti’s, the spirited younger brother to the much-loved Bondi local, has opened at Sydney’s ivy. Simple and stripped-back in design, with white-washed walls and natural timbers. The venue is split into two spaces, each with their own pace. The first centres around an expansive horseshoe bar, with high-top tables and a DJ playing Wednesday-Sunday, while the second opens onto George Street, with big windows that drench the space in natural light.

Like Bondi, the menu is built around the famed wood-fired bread, but this time the focus is entirely on house-made antipasti and snacks to match the vivacity of the bar. Drinks are simple, retro-Italian-inspired favourites, building on the classic and seasonal drinks of Bondi with a greater focus on spritzes and after-dinner cocktails for the city. Negroni, anyone?

ivy, Shop 4/330 George Street, Sydney

The Cats Meow

Glitz, glamour, extravagance, oh my! Roaring into Darlinghurst bar scene, The Cat’s Meow is helping Sydney rediscover its flamboyance and elegance. Not just your average bar, this cocktail and Champagne haven is adorned in Art Deco furnishings, opulent artwork and moody blues, it's just like stepping into the pages of The Great Gatsby.

52 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

will's, Coogee Pavilion (Photo credit: Steven Woodburn)
Will’s, Coogee Pavilion

Coogee Pavilion’s middle floor, that has been five years in the making, has opened with three new venues, making it one of the best new bars in Sydney. Will’s, the Euro-style cocktail bar, transports revellers to another world; a space that exudes charm with lively energy and a bon vivant attitude to drinking. There is a distinctly European feel to the menu, bringing together classic flavours from the Italian coast, with refreshing influences from Coogee.

Level 1, 169 Dolphin Street, Coogee

Kogarah Clubhouse

Kogarah Clubhouse, formerly known as Kogarah RSL Club, has unveiled a new look following a long-anticipated redevelopment, and has solidified itself as a new drinking, dining and social hub. Comprised of three, contemporary venues – The Pearl Asian Eating House, Blake Street Kitchen and a revived Clubhouse Bar – Kogarah Clubhouse now serves as a destination venue offering entertainment and dining options for locals and visitors alike.

252 Railway Parade, Kogarah

BEST NEW BARS IN SYDNEY

JANUARY PICKS

The Rooftop at Cruise

Sydney hotspot Cruise Bar has had a massive makeover and now includes a stunning event space – The Rooftop at Cruise; set to become one of the best new bars in Sydney. Matching the iconic backdrop with old school Hollywood opulence and an air of exclusivity to this already beautiful venue. With panoramic views of the city skyline, Sydney Harbour and Opera House, the 400-person space boasts a beautiful setting for your events, a multipurpose layout and endless possibilities.

Level 3, Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay W, The Rocks

Una Màs, Coogee Pavilion

The other bar opening on Coogee Pavilion’s middle floor, Una Más, is a local wine and tapas bar with a Mediterranean soul. A place where locals can walk off the beach and stop by for a quick bite or get lost for a few hours. The menu is uncomplicated and recognisable, with influences from both Spain and Australia –freshly shucked oysters and eating plancha style.

Level 1, 169 Dolphin Street, Coogee

The Old Fitzroy

In the backstreets of Woolloomooloo, The Old Fitzroy is steeped in history.  Affectionately known as ‘The Fitz,’ the pub has been around for over 100 years and has changed hands. Australia’s only pub theatre, which seats 60 people, not much has changed to this beloved pub (minus the carpeting and dining room). Expect all the things you love about a classic pub, good brews on tap and gourmet pub meals by an open fire.

129 Dowling Street, Woolloomooloo


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