From intimate Inner City hangouts to out of town brew houses, March welcomes all kinds of wondrous new watering holes to Sydney. So, whether you’re after cocktails and a bite or wine with a beautiful view, these are the new bars in Sydney your 2019 calendar is crying out for.
Home to the famous James Squire, The Daring Squire's relaxed bar and dining hall is an ode to the social and cheeky nature of Australia's first brewer. Pouring their signature drops, along with limited release brews, the beers, lively atmosphere and gastropub-style food are all what makes this a great place to hangout. From Monday-Thursday, 6pm-8pm, line up for Happy Hour and sip on $8 pints, and come the end of the week, sit back and enjoy live acoustic music on Fridays and Saturdays.
3 Flinders St, Wollongong
Equal parts sophisticated and relaxed, Pyrmont's newest bar-slash-eatery is the perfect after work hangout. Serving up a collection of cheese and charcuterie that would make any turophile salivate, coupled with a small selection of heartier sharing-style dishes like Kangaroo Tartare and Lamb Backstrap, each dish is perfectly complemented by the handpicked wine list. Not interested in "cheap wines", the team behind Bar Clementine are focused on pouring "wines of integrity". With a range of varietals, predominantly from Australia and France, you can sip and swill your way through orange, red, fortified and sweet wines.
52 Harris Street, Pyrmont
Delivering a refined à la carte menu filled with modern classics, eliza food & wine is sophisticated without the pretension. Led by well-known Chef Jeremy Bentley, the Owner and Operator behind The Devonshire, eliza's delicious cuisine is beautifully complemented by the curated beverage list. Showcasing a strong line up Australian, Italian and French varietals, the wine list covers bubbles and light whites, to fruity rosés and full-bodied reds. Take a seat at the sleek bar and pair your drink with a sampling of their upscale bar bites.
247 Victoria St, Darlinghurst
For limited time only at Sydney Town Hall, the exclusive caterer for Sydney Town Hall, Restaurant Associates, has teamed up with the City of Sydney to launch pop up bar Elettra. Working together closely with local suppliers like Archie Rose and Young Henrys, Elettra is a new, unique, diverse, outdoor bar, right in the heart of Sydney. Each Friday, enjoy a delicious glass of wine, or a refreshing cocktail, while admiring the beautiful view from the Marconi Terrace. Better still, arrive between 4pm-6pm to make the most of happy hour – $6 house beer and wine.
Sydney Town Hall - Druitt Street Entrance
Located underneath their existing Manly venue, 4 Pines have opened a beer and burger bar in the downstairs Kellar Door. Like its sister-venue in Surry Hills, the beer and burger bar will serve up exclusive brews, delectable burgers and moreish sides (CC: char grill halloumi and salsa). Maintaining much of its rustic interior, the addition of the extensive burger offering has given Manly locals another reason to pop in for a cheeky drink or two.
Downstairs, 43-45 E Esplanade, Manly
From glamorous Inner City gin dens to beachside wine bars, February welcomes all kinds of wondrous new watering holes to the city. So, whether you’re after cocktails and a bite or wine with a beautiful view, these are the new bars in Sydney your 2019 calendar is crying out for.
Known as one of the world's best bars, London's Scout will be making its way Downunder. The permanent pop up will open on the top floor of Surry Hills gem The Dolphin Hotel. Sydneysiders can expect to be wowed by the creative force of highly regarded mixologist Matt Whiley. Known for his 'orange' and 'banana' wine varieties, there will be plenty of new drinks to try come 28th February.
The Dolphin Hotel, Level 2/412 Crown St, Surry Hills
A stylish all-day eatery-cum-wine bar, Bondi Beach's Rosenbaum & Fuller is the new local hangout. The polished floorboards, native flora and quirky hanging light installations make the space warm, inviting and uber-cool. Honest to its core, there is no frilly façade nor flashy gimmicks – from their fresh cocktails and quality coffee, to the wholesome food and friendly service there is so much to love about Rosenbaum & Fuller.
13 O’Brien Street, Bondi Beach
Tea house by day, gin bar by night; The Star Sydney has lifted the lid on its newest addition, G&Tea – a stylish, quirky bar on the ground floor of the Astral Hotel. Immerse yourself in pure luxury with architecturally designed interiors and a menu that will leave you wanting more. As for their gin-infused cocktails, the two standouts out are their delectable Gin Bramble with Tanqueray, Crème de Mure, fresh lemon juice and sugar syrup and their take on the Negroni with Four Pillars, Campari, sweet red vermouth and a twist of orange.
The Star- 80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont
Leichhardt's newest neighbourood haunt, The Golden Gully is a loving tribute to all things Australiana. Expect Aussie wine, spirits and beers to dominate the drinks menu, along with tasty bar bites that perfectly pair with your after-work cocktail – potato scallops for the win. Don't be deterred by the cool and hip vibes, as the service and atmosphere is equally warm and inviting.
153 Norton St, Leichhardt
The cool cats over at neighbourhood bar Redfern Surf Club have teamed up with the guys behind Ume burger to bring the fusion cross-over you didn't know you needed. The Don Taco pop up serves up Japanese Mexican bites that are every bit as tasty as you can imagine. While you dine on delicious dishes, you can sip on the signature house beer The Grifter Brewing Co’s Pale Ale.
60 Botany Rd, Alexandria
Swinging open its doors on Wednesday 9th January, Maybe Sammy is the first cocktail bar from the brains behind Sydney's enduringly popular pizza hangout, Maybe Frank. With an award-winning bartending team, look forward to exceptional hotel bar-style service, interiors influenced by 1950s Hollywood and Vegas glamour, and a cocktail list that oozes elegance – Maybe Sammy has got it all.
Eight signature cocktails lead the main drinks list; all a modern interpretation of classic cocktails delivered with theatrical flair, and each named after some of the Rat Pack’s favourite haunts. Vintage Champagnes make their mark on the wine list alongside an international assortment of tasty blends. The beers are an all-Australian line-up and there’s also a healthy selection of spirits to choose from too.
The Hollywood Regency-meets-Palm Springs design screams 1950s glamour; think classic elegance with a splash of extravagance. Bold lighting enhances pink and green velvet on the walls, smoked mirrors, brass fittings and marble tiles catch the eye, while indoor trees and pink tropical wallpaper remind you, you’re here to have fun.
111 Harrington Street, The Rocks
Crown Street's newest – and tastiest – beer and burger bar, 4 Pines is the kind of watering hole everyone can get on board with. There are five 4 Pines beers on tap, another five available by the bottle and the 'Un-Beer menu' includes a selection of predominantly Australian wines, spirits and cocktails. The aesthetic and feel is industrial-urban-chic through and through – think recycled timber and a weathered façade, plus a bespoke mural painted alongside the bar. The venue will be mostly reserved for walk-ins but if you’ve got a group, make sure to book.
557 Crown Street, Surry Hills
This Newtown rooftop cocktail bar mixes traditional with modern when it comes to décor and food. With a light and bright atmosphere, friendly staff and stylish interiors, Tandem is the perfect spot for a nightcap with friends or a romantic rendezvous. Whether you sink into the cosy indoor space or relax in the courtyard, the creative cocktails, wide selection of spirits and rustic vibe will convert you into a regular.
127 King Street, Newtown
The Australia Street favourite has set up shop in the heart of the CBD, and we can't wait to get a taste of the action. Continental Deli Bar & Bistro is a European-themed deli, bar and bistro boasting equal parts quirky, retro and fun. While there has been ample buzz surrounding the ‘Mar-tinny’ and ‘Can-hattan’ creations, Continental’s host of other classic cocktails featuring sherries, vermouth and house-made liqueurs are well worth a dabble.
Phillip Street, Sydney
Iconic Kings Cross nightclub, World Bar sadly announced it was closing its doors back in December, but fret not loyal patrons – it's been taken over by new management, and reopened this January as the new and improved Cali Club. After nearly two decades of clubbing and live entertainment, hospitality duo Dane Gorrel and Matt Weir have now taken the reigns, and will spend the coming months getting a feel for the venue and area, before refreshing the space. Longstanding club night, ‘The Wall', is set to continue every Wednesday and the duo will collaborate with the likes of iRock entertainment and Poster Child to host different nights over the weekend – from house and tech to hip-hop and afrobeat.
24 Bayswater Road, Potts Point