This year we have seen an abundance of new bars hit the Sydney scene that have garnered cult followings. From British inspired taverns to tropical themed rooftops, and tributes to gin appreciation, we’ve certainly been busy keeping up!
Do yourself a favour and visit the top 10 venues below before 2018 rolls round.
Nestled in the alleyway next to The Barber Shop, The Duke of Clarence offers a quintessentially British experience in the heart of the CBD. This 19th century-inspired English tavern boasts a 500-strong line up of spirits, along with sherries, ports and British sparkling wines. For a twist on the Gibson martini, The Clarence House Gibson is a mix of Bombay Sapphire, dry sherry, rosemary smoked seat salt, pickled onion distillate and brine.
152-156 Clarence Street, Sydney
Door Knock is the latest hard-to-find bar that has everyone talking. After venturing through a security door and down stairs, you know you have arrived when you’re at the brass pineapple door knock. The bar has an extensive selection of cocktails, wines and sherries, leaving it hard to know where to start. Our pick is the Hey Macadamia served in a tiki cup with Plantation rum, Fino, mango and lime macadamia orgeat.
70 Pitt Street, Sydney
For those on the northside, Mosman’s The Fernery is the coolest new hangout with sweeping views of Sydney Harbour. Boasting a rooftop garden, rosé bar and gin room, guests are spoilt for choice when entering the green oasis. For catch ups with friends, sample the Fernery Punch jug with Absolut, Aperol, pineapple, passionfruit and lime juice. Feeling more rosé? Try the Rose Paloma with mezcal, ruby red grapefruit, Dom de Canton, sugar syrup and sparkling rosé.
719 Military Road, Mosman
Gin Lane, the latest bar to open in Chippendale’s foodie precinct, is a juniper-lovers dream. Another winning concept from Grant Collins, the bar features a collection of over 75 gins. You cannot go past the house G&T with lavender and grapefruit bitters served straight from the tap. For a perfect insta-snap, you must try the Cucumber & Rose served in a snow dome, with organic rose and cucumber gin with elderflower, Fever-Tree tonic and ‘& Tonic’.
16A Kensington Street, Chippendale
Only opening at the beginning of December, House Bar is part of Matt Moran and Solotel Group’s new three-level venue in the heart of Barangaroo. Enjoy the indoor-outdoor setting as it spills out onto a lush landscaped terrace overlooking Sydney Harbour. With a lively cocktail list, House Bar has got your summer celebrations covered. Think classics with a twist. Indulge in a Rosé Negroni featuring gin, rosé vermouth, rosé, Campari and strawberry.
35 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo.
Since opening, the Primus Hotel’s New York inspired rooftop bar has quickly become a favourite as a go-to champagne and cocktail destination among the city’s trendsetters. Whether you are looking for an after-work watering hole or a place to sip cocktails by the pool, Level Seven has got all bases covered. Upon arrival make sure you order one of their signature cocktail popsicles: Mojito, Cosmo or Pina Colada. The choice is yours!
Level 7- 339 Pitt Street, Sydney
This pop-up aperitivo bar at Woolloomooloo’s Manta has garnered a local cult following. Possibly one of the chicest spots in Sydney, Molo is the place to treat yourself to a glass of prosecco and a serving of burrata while sitting along the wharf. If cocktails are more your style, you cannot go past their take on the classic Italian Negroni or Aperol Spritz. La dolce vita!
6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo
The latest venture from the brother’s behind KOI, Monkey’s Corner only seats 20 and is set within a heritage listed terrace. The bar provides guests an intimate setting perfect for catching up with friends or impressing on your first date. Taking inspiration from Asia, cocktail consultant Quynh Van Nguyen has crafted a cocktail menu big on flavour. As must try, the Litchiti Martini with Plantation 3-star rum, Fino sherry, lychee and rose.
40 Kensington Street, Chippendale
Since opening earlier this year, Untied is becoming a popular after-work hangout for corporates and locals alike. This rooftop bar is a tropical oasis, where patrons can soak up the view and enjoy a drink or two well above the bustling Sydney streets. Another reason why we love this venue is their nod to Aussie culture with their ‘True Blue’ cocktails. Be sure to try the gin based Flamin’ Galah and green apple flavoured Nanny Smith.
Level 4, 400 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo
Specialty cocktails and panoramic views, the Hyatt Regency’s Zephyr Bar is the perfect blend of indulgence and relaxation. Only strengthening Sydney’s love affair with outdoor drinking, guests come for the view but stay for the well-curated cocktail menu. Designed by renowned mixologist Grant Collins, expect cutting-edge techniques and signature creations like the Peach & Thyme Spritz served with gin and champagne.
Level 12-161 Sussex Street, Sydney