Raise a Glass: Sydney’s Hottest New Bar Openings, January
From glamorous '50s-style drinking dens to grungy beer and burger bars, January 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. Well, those notpartaking in Dry January!
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