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Raise a Glass: Sydney’s Best New Bars October

From rum bars serving sides of tacos to foliage-filled cocktail dens, October welcomes all kinds of wondrous new watering holes to the city. So, whether you’re after cocktails and a boogie or wine with a beautiful view, these are the new bars in Sydney your October calendar is crying out for.


Manly Greenhouse

When you get to this gloriously green venue, go up three floors until you get to the Rooftop. Welcome to the north side’s newest – and chicest – drinking den. As you watch the waves roll into the shore, sip on a spritz or the bulletproof espresso martini (this isManly) or work your way through the wine list. Peckish? You can order snacks from the ground-floor eatery, Greenhouse. PS. The Rooftop is a kid-free zone.

36-38 South Steyne, Manly

Brix Distillers

Is rum your tipple of choice? Head on over to Brix, Sydney’s only dedicated rum distillery, which threw open its doors in late August. The shelves are stacked with more than 150 rums from around the world, along with Brix’s own range, all of which are ready to be served on the rocks or turned into tropical cocktails. If you want to learn more about the spirit, flag down the expert who roves the bar with a rum trolley.

350 Bourke Street, Surry Hills

Nick & Nora’s

One thing’s for sure: Sven Alemmning knows his way around a bar. After making his mark in the CBD with Eau de Vie and Mjolner, he set his sights on the west. The newly opened Nick & Nora’s is a seriously swanky rooftop bar with room for 300 people. The Art Deco interiors are just as lavish as the champagne- and caviar-heavy menu and the views, which stretch from the Blue Mountains to the city skyline. When you arrive, make a beeline for the balconies.

Level 26, 45 Macquarie Street, Parramatta


Round up the squad and check out this speakeasy, which is nestled behind some bookshelves on Newtown’s King Street. Its prime real estate aside, the two-storey bar is beautiful, with raw brick walls, leather couches, low-hanging lights and neon signs. Start by sipping on cocktails, craft beers and organic wines and snacking on cured meats and fried chicken wings, before heading upstairs, where live bands will play twice a week.

169 King Street, Newtown

Sydney Brewery

Nothing screams Sydney more than kicking back with a beer in the sun – and we’ve just found our new Sunday session spot. This brewery is just settling into Surry Hills, but it’s becoming a fast favourite thanks to its chill vibe and award-winning lineup of craft beers and ciders. They’re all named for Sydney suburbs: there’s the Glamarama Summer Ale, the Pittwater Bitter and the Darlo Dark. Stay close to home or branch out over the bridge; it’s up to you!

28 Albion Street, Surry Hills

Bar Topa

Why stick to one thing when you can try a little bit of everything? That’s the motto behind Bar Topa, a pocket-sized Spanish pintxos bar in the CBD. The bar serves drinks as half-pours, so you can taste-test the (superb) sangria, cocktails and wines at your whim. As for food, the menu is made up of bite-sized delights, like sliced jamon, salted cod, croquettes and cuttlefish.

4 Palings Lane, Sydney

The Rooftop

Pyrmont’s Quarryman’s Hotel caught out attention with its refresh last year, and now we have another reason to visit. The Rooftop is now open for business, and it’s a beauty. Inspired by Palm Springs, it’s all pastels, timber floors, plush furnishings and lush greenery, plus a cacti garden on each table (naturally). The cocktail list is excellent, too. We like the Palma Rosa, a mix of tequila blanco, rose, ruby grapefruit juice and ginger syrup.

214-216 Harris Street, Pyrmont


Just when we thought the Paramount House Hotel complex had it all, it added a wine bar-slash-restaurant. After more than two years of buzz and build-up, Poly is finally open. The laidback industrial interiors match the menu, which is made up of 20 wines by the glass, 10 sakes and 8 cocktails, including the bar’s spin on a Negroni with a splash of tequila. Unlike its sister venue, Ester, the food here is meant to be eaten with your hands.

74-76 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills

Tap & Bottle

Consider your next long lunch, sorted. Every Saturday and Sunday, this pop-up cellar door is serving up a four-course meal and bottomless booze. Run by the guys behind the Mad Hatter Wine Co, you can expect to feast on Asian fusion food (including $1 dumplings), and sip on Aussie wines and our tipple of choice: the coffee nitro martini. There’s no word yet when the Lunch Series is ending, but we’re hoping it sticks around all summer.

1 Kellett Way, Potts Point

The Pacific Club Bondi Beach

Bondi’s newest all-day-dining bistro and beach club, taking residence within Campbell Parade’s Pacific building, delivers a unique offering to the fabric of Bondi’s social and dining landscape. Having recently opened to the public in August, The Pacific Club Bondi Beach exemplifies the best in modern Australian dining, beverage and hospitality, with an open kitchen, complete with customised wood fire grill and raw bar, and a beautiful indoor-outdoor dining room that is equal parts inviting and chic. The menu celebrates local and Australian native produce and the seafood offering is something to be marvelled.

182 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach


She Loves You

Led by one of Sydney’s top sommelier’s, She Loves You is Sophie Otton’s new wine bar on Newtown’s bustling King Street. The intimate venue maintains much of its original features with a led-light frontage and wood used throughout. The wine and cocktail list at She Love You draws on boutique, Australian producers and has been curated with affordability in mind.

530 King Street, Newtown

Poor Toms Gin Hall

Upping Marrickville’s bar scene, Poor Toms Gin have opened the doors to their distillery bar. A botanical lovers haven, Poor Toms Gin Hall serves their famed spirits with signature cocktails rotated weekly. This warehouse distillery bar is adorned in hanging greenery and has a warm vibe. For Inner West locals, this is the place to have a refreshing G&T.

6 Chalder Avenue, Marrickville

Mrs Jones

Calling the The Orient home, Mrs Jones is a beautiful, open-air oasis. Following on from the paddock to plate ethos of the historic pub, Mrs Jones food offering, and well-edited cocktail and wine menus aim to deliver quality. Although on-trend with its botanic inspired murals and scattered greenery, like The Orient, Mrs Jones retains a sense of the its history.

1 Kendall Lane, The Rocks

Bondi Beach Public Bar

The team behind Icebergs and The Dolphin have opened the Bondi Beach Public Bar, a gastropub that has serious Bondi-cool vibes. They took inspiration from 70’s-80’s pub culture and translated that for a modern audience. So, in true Maurice Terzini style, expect beautiful design, quality food and delicious aperitifs.

180 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach


Chachi’s knows exactly what it’s about, ‘gritty yet pretty’. Influenced heavily by the 80’s, think neon fluorescent lighting and graffiti art, this dive bar has gained popularity since opening due to its kitschy vibe and out-there cocktails. Do yourself a favour and indulge in a jaffle paired with one of their signature sours.

218 William Street, Woolloomooloo

Terminus Hotel

First opening in 1841 and last operating three decades ago, Pyrmont’s historic Terminus Hotel has been revamped. Retaining its original charm, the menu has been crafted by celebrity chef Colin Fassnidge, the public bar serves local, craft beers and Vera’s Cocktail Lounge provides the luxury vibe. Pop down for a Sunday session and take your cocktail to the courtyard.

61 Harris Street, Pyrmont

The Collaroy

This enduring watering-hole has been given new life by the Merivale Group. Drawing inspiration from the coastal scenery, The Collaroy is a multi-level venue fitted out with floor to ceiling windows, nostalgic seaside artwork across the walls and wooden furnishings. Head to the top floor for the best view while you indulge in the menu.

1064 Pittwater Road, Collaroy

The Doss House

Giving life to its historic digs, this ex-boarding house and opium den is now a cosy underground bar called The Doss House. With a range of over 150 whiskies, you can decide to pair their drink with a delectable morsel from the share plate menu. This character-filled bar is a must-visit for history buffs, whisky enthusiasts and bar lovers alike.

77 – 79 George Street, The Rocks

Boogie Mountain

Occupying the old home of the infamous Kit & Kaboodle, Boogie Mountain has emerged and is set to re-invigorate Kings Cross nightlife. Dubbed as a 70’s inspired rock bar, this late-night watering hole serves $10 cocktails, and a range of local and international beer and cider. Open Thursday through Saturday, this bar is perfect for an after-dinner drink and boogie.

Level 2, 33-35 Darlinghurst Road, Potts Point

Solera Bar

Dedicated to upholding Sydney’s rich history and the art of champagne appreciation, Solera Bar is a luxury hideaway. This beautifully decorated small bar serves rare champagnes and boasts a curated list of delectable cocktails. Couple this with delicious grazing boards and a selection of high-end cigars, you cannot ask for a more decadent experience.

36 Hickson Road, Millers Point

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