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Surry Hills and Darlinghurst Small Bar Guide

Surry Hills and Darlinghurst are full of cosy small bars with speciality drinks and interesting designs – whether you visit one or visit them all, you’ll be in for a treat at one our favourite bars.

Button Bar

With a nautical theme and sailors aplenty, Button Bar is a world unto itself. Hidden behind an unmarked sliding door on Foveaux street, this little bar is full of leather booths, bar stools and mood lighting. With three pages worth of cocktails you’ll find all the classics in addition to a range of custom concoctions specially made by their expert bar staff. Pop in for an after-work drink or 10.

65 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills


Everyone’s favourite multi-tasker Low302 will cook you a Sunday roast, show you some live jazz and mix you up a drink before you can say table for two. Intimate and plush, this well-loved haunt on Crown street has something for every day of the week. Regularly hosting live music (often jazz) performances, you can have pre-drinks, dinner and a show all in the one venue.

302 Crown Street, Surry Hills

Shady Pines Saloon

Hidden just off Oxford Street and down a dark alley, Shady Pines is only recognisable by the formidable looking body guard who stands outside an unmarked door. If you’re lucky enough to get in, you’ll find an intimate timber bar filled with standing wine barrels, mounted moose heads, peanut shells strewn across the floor and Tammy Wynette warbling in the background. The American country theme translates across into their drinks and cocktails where you’ll find a range of bourbons and whisky based treats.

4/256 Crown Street, Darlinghurst

Pocket Bar

Classed as a small bar for a reason, Pocket Bar fills up fast, which doesn’t take long. This cosy space features urban wall art, dim lighting and plush sofas to curl up on. The cocktails are second to none with all the favourite classics plus a number of new offerings on the menu. Food is delicious and made to share with pork scratchings, banh mi sliders and cheese plates all making an appearance. If you can get a seat, you won’t be giving it up easily.

13 Burton Street, Sydney


Accessed via a staircase on Oxford Street, this narrow bar is a very cool scene with low lounges and a small balcony allowing patrons to look out over Oxford Street. Exposed brick and timber furnishings make for a warm interior which often fills up come weekends. Frequently hosting guest DJs, the relaxed day time vibe gives way to a dance floor after sunset. Their open air back deck is great for sunny afternoons and getting a breath of fresh air when the dance floor heats up.

1/133 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

The Owl House

Sophisticated and sleek, this inner-city joint has New York style and warmth to boot. Their long bar is often full of people getting cosy and trading stories over fine wine sourced from over five continents. Upstairs a six-course degustation is offered in conjunction with an equally delicious a -la-carte menu. If you like your dinner with your drink, then this place will have you sorted and send you home ready to come back for more.

97 Crown Street, Darlinghurst

Love, Tilly Devine

Named for the famous 1930s brothel madam from Sydney’s Eastern suburbs, Love, Tilly Devine is tucked away in a Darlinghurst alley. This intimate bar is a great place to come for a good conversation and a delicious glass of wine. There are over 300 varieties on offer, so if you speak wine then this is the place to show off your skills and impress your squeeze. Like all small bars the atmosphere is intimate and relaxed, but here there is a touch of sophistication and drunken stupors are discouraged.

91 Crown Lane, Darlinghurst


Named after Italy’s biggest rock star, Vasco Rossi, this inner-city bar is grungy in feel with expertly made cocktails and frequent live music acts. Retro in design they’ll have you sipping on one of their imported Italian beers or ciders in no time. Their food, also in theme, features fresh homemade gnocchi with a range of delicious sauces and a number of Mediterranean style starters. If you feel like getting in touch with your inner rock god and enjoying a night of home-grown talent, Vasco will welcome you with open arms.

421 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills

This Must Be the Place

Time Out’s Bar of the Year, 2017, This Must Be the Place or TMBTP, as it says on their sign, is a small bar bringing back the humble Spritz. Perfect for a pre-show drink or a post-work catch up with friends, this friendly haunt comes with warm service, experienced barmen and fresh Scandinavian inspired design. The delicate flavours used in creating their drinks, such as The Gloss (strawberry, citrus vodka, watermelon Riesling and rosewater) will have you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated as well as properly lubricated.

239 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst


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