Looking for a cool new drinking spot? Sydney’s chic new bars have got you covered
Although around since the 1920’s, Balmoral’s local institution Bathers’ Pavilion has had a makeover and now boasts a beautiful Champagne-inspired terrace. An homage to the iconic Louis Roederer Champagne, The Louis Terrace is the perfect seaside destination for Sunday sundowners or a mid-week catch up where seafood and bubbles are on the agenda!
4 The Esplanade, Mosman
Stylish, modern and far removed from your old local pub, Mullane’s Hotel is set to become the drink-and-dine destination in The Hills District. From a café to a craft distillery and boutique public bar to a VIP lounge, there is so much to see, do and drink at Mullane’s. Once you have sampled the brewed and fermented delicacies at the bar, head on over to Sarino’s Kitchen for an Italian feast fit for royalty.
36 Brookhollow Avenue, Baulkham Hills
Inspired by Japanese design, Kuro offers a layered bar and dining experience that balances minimalism with creativity. In its entirety, Kuro has launched four distinct experiences in stages. Starting with Kuro Dining, Kuro Bar and Brew Bar with fine diner Teramoto by Kuro slated to open in early 2020, each dining concept has been thoughtfully developed to appease everyone from the early morning commuter to the late-night reveller.
368 Kent Street, Sydney
Taking inspiration from around the world, Chippendale’s Saga Bar offers patrons a little bit of everything. Set behind two oversized wooden doors, make your way through the jungle (literally, not figuratively) and settle in to the exotic yet moody vibe. From exclusive drops and moreish cocktails to Asian-fusion delicacies and unique bar bites, there’s something for everyone so gather the gang together for an evening to remember.
49-51 Goold Street, Chippendale
The Sitchu pink dream that was once a Wes Anderson-influenced bar has now been transformed into a Miami-inspired hotspot. A glamourous oasis amongst the gritty streets of Potts Point, Stanleys transports revellers to the heart of the Florida nightlife capital. The printed wallpaper has been replaced with greenery laden walls, and the animal print artwork with flamingo iconography. The perfect late-night bar for a party, get in early and settle in for a night of cocktails and tunes.
79 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst
Calling the upstairs level of the Marlborough Hotel home, Cuckoo is the latest inner west late-night haunt. This unpretentious bar serves up a German-inspired menu – think schnitzel, pretzel and schnapps – alongside ping pong tables, daily specials and DJs on the decks. Perfect for an after-work drink or night out on the town, stop into Cuckoo for reckless fun.
145 King Street, Newtown
Award-winning international nightlife and restaurant brand Hyde is set to relaunch renowned bar Hacienda Sydney this month. Situated in the Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour, Hacienda Sydney, the Instaworthy South American-inspired vista bar, will relaunch as Hyde Hacienda Sydney Bar + Lounge.
A heady mix of of dinner, drinks and dancing, Hyde Hacienda Sydney Bar + Lounge will have a focus on superior table service, private booth hire, weekend DJs, bar theatrics, exclusive events packages and a premium beverage offering. With its luxe vibe and harbourside locale, Hyde Hacienda Sydney Bar + Lounge is set to become the go-to party destination in Sydney.
61 Macquarie Street, Sydney
A sparkling hidden gem with lush views over Bondi Beach, Isabel is the newest beachside bar that has the locals queuing up. At Isabel cocktails reign supreme, with an array of classics and new favourites like the persimmon fizz. The libations are beautifully paired with delectable dishes that will keep you wining and dining well into the evening.
L103/180-186 Campbell Parade, Bondi
Concealed in the heart of Manly, The Cumberland will be your new, favourite hidden bar. Rocking a prohibition vibe with a Spanish twist, this underground speakeasy can be found via a deli shopfront, inconspicuous 1920s fridge door and spiral staircase. Revellers are transported to a different time through the beautifully, ornate interiors ̶ think marble benchtops and original convict clay brickwork ̶ and signature cocktails offering inspired by the classics. Already boasting a loyal following of fans, The Cumberland is sure to be a firm hit with the locals for after-work catch-ups and Saturday night celebrations.
17-19 Central Avenue, Manly
Featuring a wine list of more than 400 wines from nearly all the major wine regions of the world, Coogee Wine Room is bringing their wine expertise and Mediterranean-inspired menu to Coogee Bay Road. A wine hub for locals and destination drinkers alike, Coogee Wine Room marries the charm of great European wine bars with the lowkey atmosphere of a neighbourhood bar. Whether you’re dropping in for a cold rosé after a long day at the beach, enjoying a casual lunch with friends or want an elegant dining option with a special bottle of wine, Coogee Wine Room has got you covered.
222 Coogee Bay Road, Coogee
This beloved venue and its charming beer garden has long been the go-to for Lower North Shore locals. An iconic Sydney institution, The Oaks Hotel is launching three new venues marking the biggest upgrade in its 133 year history: a quirky retro sports and games bar serving rebellious takes on pub classic food, an elegant garden conservatory overlooking the iconic oak and mixing Instagrammable cocktails, and a craft bottle shop and takeaway.
Just in time for the Rugby World Cup, the quirky retro sports bar Taffy's has just been unveiled. Boasting a life-sized Richie Benaud replica, unusual takes on sports bar classics (duck nachos and Reuben sandwich spring rolls) and cheeky beer taps (think Hulk Hogan and Donald Trump behind the bar), Taffy's is the fun time hangout spot where you will be able to catch all the live sport and foodie action.
118 Military Road, Neutral Bay
Once a run-down variety shop in Marrickville, 224 Marrickville Road is now home to your new favourite local watering hole. The Marrickville Hotel is as inner west as they come, from sour beer on tap and solid tunes, to friendly bartenders and retro styling. With the cool, laidback vibes we’ve come to expect of inner west pubs, The Marrickville Hotel makes out-of-towners feel right at home and the locals keep coming back for more.
244 Marrickville Road, Marrickville
Opening just last month, Pyrmont’s Quick Brown Fox has already earned itself status on Sydney’s café scene. But now, brunch goers can expect a boozy twist to their offerings. Not only is it slinging cult classic brunch faves and experimental, fusion fare, but they are now also serving up a mean selection of cocktails, beers and wines, too. From September, you can sip on mimosas, Negronis, Aperol spritz and espresso martinis from breakfast until late-afternoon. Now that’s our kind of café.
22 Union Street, Pyrmont
Sydney’s CBD has just got a whole lot cooler with the opening of Prince of York. This wine bar-slash restaurant is all about details, from the Stephen Dupont photography on the walls to the expertly curated playlist of rare disco and new wave tracks. The cocktail list is succinct with notable names (Unprotected Ex, anyone?), and the wine list is bold with an array of rare varietals. For an after-work drink and boogie, the basement bar Pamela’s provides the perfect balance of grunge and flamboyance. Adorned with a disco ball and stage, you kind of get the feeling that you are in store for a memorable night.
18 York Street, Sydney
El Camino Cantina is bringing its legendary Tex-Mex menu, huge, frozen Margaritas and sombrero-splashed party vibe to Westfield Miranda’s rooftop. This eclectic, 280-seat cantina is ablaze with neon lights and fluorescent signage, including a festively-lit, heated, 180-seat, outdoor terrace with panoramic views of Sydney – perfect for super-chilled, music-filled, sunset-soaked soirees. Perfect for an occasion, expect the awesome daily deals we have become accustomed to. $2 Taco Tuesdays are our fave!
Level 4, Westfield Miranda, 600 Kingsway, Miranda
Only openings its doors late last month, Little Felix is set to be the Merivale Ash Street precinct’s cosy, French-style cocktail bar. Sitting pretty next to established fine diner and companion venue Felix, expect traditionally inspired eats and a wine selection that showcases the best of the best. Beautiful yet unpretentious, Little Felix is set to become the after-work hotspot.
2 Ash Street, Sydney
Union Place Hotel, a Chicago-style pub (reminiscent of an Al Capone haunt), has just opened in south-west Sydney. Throwing back to 'The Godfather' heyday, the American-Italian inspired hotel features a modern American sports bar and bistro with a sun-drenched, alfresco dining terrace. Inspired by the quintessential ‘red sauce’ Italian dining experience in Downtown Chicago, the menu is an ode to culinary staples that the city is known for like risotto salsicce, with pork and fennel sausage, fontina cheese and crushed walnuts.
34 Railway Crescent, Jannali
Encouraging patrons to recreate the bar atmosphere at home, Merivale’s The Bottle Shop has gone online. Allowing guests to purchase an exclusive range of wine, beer and spirits specially handpicked by the group’s Master Sommeliers, The Bottle Shop online store is an extension of the wine retail experience on Palings Lane. The perfect excuse to stay in and host during winter, discover the wine you drank and loved at any Merivale restaurant, or pick up one of the sommelier’s favourite drops from the comfort of your own home, delivered to your door.
An inner-city fave, hidden high above the hustle and bustle, The Rook has unveiled a fresh new look and menu. Known for it’s innovative cocktail list and skyline views, rooftop bar The Rook has entered a new era; now drenched in dusty pinks and burgundy, with deep tan leather seating and a striking feature wall adorned with abstract street art.
Its moody, dimly-lit bar features beautiful dark pink marbling and a terracotta bar, where guests can enjoy a range of cocktails, wine and beers. In line with the new look and feel, The Rook are also serving up a sensational experience with the ‘Hot Gin Roof’. In collaboration with Sipsmith, you can sip on tea-inspired gin cocktails from vintage-style crockery while revelling in The Rook’s uber-cool winter garden.
Level 7/56-58 York Street, Sydney
From Darlinghurst to Dee Why, this popular dive bar has brought its brand of fun and fuss-free cuisine to the northern beaches. Wings & Tins Dee Why is serving serves up finger-lickin’ good hot wings and craft beer tins. The wings are gluten-free and coated in various sauces, from buffalo to BBQ, and on Wednesdays they’re half-price from 5pm-8pm. If you’re feeling adventurous, order a serve of T-bone’s Doom Juice. Made with the hottest chilli in the world, if you finish the plate then your name will be forever immortalised on the Wall of Pain.
3/866 Pittwater Road, Dee Why
Mary’s, the bonafide burger queen of Sydney, is bringing her brand of good music, fun times and great eats to live music mecca, The Basement. The newly crowned Mary’s Underground will be the late-night haven haunt that the city has been so sorely missing. Every night there’ll be is a bands on the stage setting the mood, and from Thursday to Saturday, you can dine from the Clam Bar and sip on classic cocktails well past midnight.
7 Macquarie Place, Sydney
A new night-time hangout from the team behind Ramblin Rascal, Double Deuce Bar is the stylish and cheeky underground bar of your retro-loving dreams. With a vibe that screams 70’s frivolity – from the leather and timber décor to the kitsch retro menu (cabanossi and Jatz FTW) – and a team that’s equal parts warm and knowledgeable. From the first sip of your first cocktail, you know you’re in for a good night. Open till late throughout the week, we recommend adding Double Deuce to your must-try bar list.
6 Bridge Street, Sydney
Salt Meats Cheese has opened its first bar in a sensational new rooftop setting, far above the beating heart of Circular Quay. Bar Ombré is a breath of fresh air designed for Sydney sunset bliss and offers a laid-back, intimate bar experience for city dwellers.
Expect delicious fresh cheese, cured meats and simple shared-style eats, alongside fresh European inspired cocktails and spritz.
The bar’s vibrant menu, colourful furniture and lush greenery sets the scene – perfect for the golden, dusky hours of the early evening that roll into the long night ahead.
Level 3, Gateway, 1 Macquarie Place, Circular Quay
An adventurous new watering hole in the heart of Sydney CBD, Jackalberry is the immersive cocktail bar you have been waiting for. Named after the native African tree, Jackalberry offers a glimpse of the world’s flavours with each of its thoughtfully concocted cocktails, delectable food offering and lush interiors. Allowing guests to be transported around the world without leaving the city, Jackalberry is the Inner City escape every Sydneysider needs to experience.
161 Sussex Street, Sydney
Inspired by the juxtaposition of the natural landscapes of Vietnam, alongside the busy and vibrant cityscape of Sydney, Forty Licks is the basement hideaway you need to discover. Award winning Sydney bartender Kurtis Bosley has joined forces with Forty Licks to create a well-balanced cocktail list, complementing the Vietnamese food offering. Expect subtle nods to the venue’s roots, with cocktails like Red Lotus with secco vermouth, calvados, amaro, lemon and bitters, and the Hanoi Sour with bourbon, ginger liqueur, chichi morada, lemon and pecan bitters.
LG, 24 York Street, Sydney
Come and check out Enmore’s new local beer whisky and vinyl dive bar. Open Tuesday-Sunday from midday-midnight. Happy hours 5-7pm. DJs Thur-Sun #beer #whisky #vinyl #enmoreroad #enmore #cottonmouthrecordsPosted by Cottonmouth Records on Friday, March 22, 2019
For beer, whisky and vinyl, Enmore’s Cottonmouth Records has got you covered. Located within Cottonmouth Record store, this unassuming, no-fuss bar is pumping till midnight six-nights-a-week. Local and craft reign supreme, from Batch Brewing and Grifter, to Starward and Nant, while the music is strictly vinyl – obviously. Make the most of your visit by dropping in between 5pm-7pm for happy hour and from Thursday to Sunday the DJ is on the decks spinning classics.
182 Enmore Road, Enmore
Hidden behind a vintage pawn shop façade, B. Lucky & Sons is not your average bar. Likened to a sophisticated adult playground, step inside the treasure trove and you'll find a luxurious bar and arcade decked out with eclectic furnishings – from traditional chesterfield armchairs to futuristic neon-lit octagonal booths.
Work your way through the ‘East meets West’ menu, whilst you play on retro arcade games, and to quench your thirst, the extravagant drinks menu features an array of creative concoctions including taro-flavoured gold glitter and boozy bubble cup teas with popping pearls and jellies.
207/122 Lang Road, Sydney
Cosy but not quaint, Dulcie’s is the mysterious parlour bar that’s got everyone talking. Just when you thought the Cross was dead, Dulcie’s Bar has reinvigorated the Golden Mile by slinging prohibition era cocktails and showcasing some of Sydney’s best underground cabaret acts.
Better still, upskill yourself and book in for a cocktail masterclass with Dulcie. From $75pp, learn how to mix it like a pro, while sipping on cocktails and dining on decadent canapés.
44B Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross
Sitting pretty on Dee Why's The Strand, Corretto is the beachside cocktail bar-slash-eatery the Northern Beaches has been waiting for. With cool blue interiors and a relaxed, laid-back vibe, this soon-to-be local fave serves up amazing cocktails, with a killer food menu to match. Pop in for a shared-style lunch or make a night of it with a cheeky drink during happy hour (4pm-6pm) – you won't be disappointed.
Shop 1/24 The Strand, Dee Why
After recently undergoing a massive million-dollar makeover, The Carter is opulent, lavish and glamorous – just how Jay-Z and Beyonce would like it. The luxurious bespoke interiors feature everything from hot pink neon lights, custom pink carpet and wallpaper, mammoth murals of Queen B and J, and lyrics from the Grammy Award-winning duo’s hit songs adorning the space. Couple this with their delectable cocktail offering, signature eats and nightclub atmosphere, and you have the makings of an amazing night out.
16 O'Connell Street, Sydney
Neighbourhood watering hole, The Glebe Hotel, has unveiled its new look following an extensive refurbishment. Formerly known as the Australian Youth Hotel, the heritage listed public bar and dining destination boasts a beautiful, light and airy dining space with exposed brickwork, and wooden furnishings, alongside a leafy, dog-friendly courtyard featuring a majestic centenary fig tree. A cocktail is mandatory upon any visit to the Glebe Hotel, and we suggest starting with the spritz menu (Aperol, strawberry, Bombay or sherry- take your pick), before moving onto their signature classics (from negronis to 'The Glebe' gimlet).
63 Bay Street, Glebe
North Sydney's new favourite hangout the Green Moustache has made quite the impression on the 9 to 5 set. Adorned in greenery and foiliage, this Insta-worthy garden venue doubles as a bar and restaurant. The drinks list is definitely worth a look, with their botanically inspired cocktails and premium beverage offering. Perfect for an after work drink or weekend sesh, this garden oasis takes casual wining and dining to the next level.
100 Miller Street, North Sydney
The newest multi-venue hangout The Bon Pavillion has opened the doors to their supper club, Bon Bon Bar. This sleek and sultry venue is open for brunch and lunch during the day, before transforming into a cocktail, supper club by night. Stop in for an after work Tom Collins or book in your next date for a romantic share plate and wine-fuelled evening, the choice is all yours.
159 Mann Street, Gosford
El Camino Cantina is bringing their bespoke Tex-Mex experience to Byron Bay, opening their doors in the new retail, dining and entertainment precinct, Mercato on Byron. El Camino Cantina is unashamedly Tex-Mex, humming with trademark, cool tunes, colourful sombreros, delightful margaritas and tasty eats, always expect a party at this eclectic cantina. Perfect for budget-friendly, week-day meal deals to casual, barefoot n’ beachy sundowner sessions- El Camino Cantina is always a good idea.
108-114 Jonson Street, Bryon Bay
Reign – the CBD's brand new Champagne parlour and the bar you need to know about. Situated within the heritage walls of the QVB, this chic watering hole is beautifully decorated, from the pink-hued seating to the opulent lighting. Come night time, this luxe bar transforms into a buzzy late-night hotspot slinging Champagne by the bottle and perfected aperitifs. Open from Thursday to Sunday until 2am, Reign is the place to dine, drink and be seen.
Level 1, Queen Victoria Building- 455 George Street, Sydney
From the team behind The Squire's Landing, Babylon – a sprawling Middle Eastern-inspired rooftop restaurant and bar – is set to open at Westfield Sydney this month. Boasting a restaurant, two large bars, a wood-fired kitchen, indoor-outdoor dining, a large outdoor terrace, and multiple private and semi-private dining spaces, this bar has serious staying power.
Interiors are inspired by the once-thriving metropolis, as well as the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Think abundant greenery and timber, juxtaposed against silky and velvety upholstery – sophisticated yet relaxed.
For the curated drinks list, patrons can sip on signature cocktails with a Middle Eastern influence. If an old fashioned is your drink of choice, you'll have over 200+ whiskeys to choose from. And when it comes to wine, there's a hand-picked collection of almost 300 bottles, Old World and New – plenty to suit any palate.
Level 7, Westfield Sydney- Pitt Street, Sydney
A luxurious experience from the outset, just one visit to Esquire Drink & Dine and you'll fall in love instantly. Just upstairs from sister venue Reign, Esquire is darker and more mysterious in its approach – think dark wood interiors and moody lighting. For serious mixology buffs, look to the menu for their signature cocktails and their beautifully detailed descriptions – that reads more like a story than a drinks list. Feeling peckish? There is a decadent menu of small and large plates that pair perfectly with the sophisticated drinks. Seared steak tartare anyone?
Level 2, Queen Victoria Building, 455 George Street, Sydney
The legendary Oxford Tavern has been lovingly restored to its former glory as Petersham’s local pub. The new ‘Tav’ sports a list of locally owned and independent brews, alongside a revamped food menu that has excited locals queuing at the door. Maintaining its pub charm, the team have reintroduced free live music sessions every week and wild weekend parties. Inspired by its rich and colourful history, this is a venue that doesn't take itself too seriously, so look forward to fun, fresh eats, local beer, and all-round good times.
1 New Canterbury Road, Petersham
Opening their first North Shore restaurant, the Milky Lane crew has taken over Crows Nest with their signature OTT fare. Expect the epic shakes, stacked burgers, graffiti art, and hip hop appreciation that ML is known for, along with an exclusive private dining room – perfect for your next birthday bash. Our advice for your next visit to this Insta-worthy venue: go hungry with a big group, that way you can order one of everything off the menu.
70-76 Alexander Street, Crows Nest
Cantina OK! is the micro-mezcal sibling of Surry Hill's famed Tio's Cerveceria. With room for 20 people (make sure to get in early for prime positioning), this pint-sized tequila joint prides itself on serving up a carefully curated range of rare and high quality agave-driven spirits. If making the right choice is overwhelming, the team behind the bar will provide you with solid recommendations. In our opinion, you can't go past a classic margarita – fresh and tasty.
Council Place, Sydney
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
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