Simply Hummus Bar
For hummus lovers, this is the place for you. Darlinghurst is now home to Simply Hummus, the city’s first bar dedicated to the famous Israeli dip. Upgrading the humble chickpea infusion from side dish to main meal, Simply Hummus serves up a range of chickpea blends with pita bread, sourdough, and falafel on the side. Both delicious and affordable, you can expect to pay just $13 for a delicious, warming hummus-filled meal.
Eliza Food and Wine
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 ...
With a prime corner position, Darlo Bar is a retro pub and a much-loved local haunt. Downstairs is strewn with fairy lights, and marked by cosy couches, pool tables and chilled-out music. Upstairs, you’ll find an open-air courtyard with a rooftop garden, plants climbing the walls, and a DJ on the decks on weekends.
Darlo Country Club
With peach coloured walls, high ceilings, leather booths and plants aplenty, the venue takes cues from a slick Californian country club. Aptly defined as being the socially acceptable excuse for day drinking, Darlo Country Club offers an epic bottomless brunch menu options so you can sip to your heart’s content.
Buffalo Dining Club
Buffalo Dining Club in Darlinghurst has a thing for mozzarella. Sounds weird, but it’s not. This restaurant is Italian and it’s delicious, and as the name suggests, the restaurant is all about buffalo cheese – they have grown popular for their huge pecorino cheese wheel which doubles as a pasta bowl for big groups.
This restaurant-slash-bar are the masters of the bloody mary. Set in a fresh, chic place with a cute courtyard, Bloody Mary’s is situated in the Kings Cross end of Darlinghurst. They blend their own tomato juice in-house which they turn into their signature drink – ideal for whether you’re trying to cure a hangover or kickstart a night out.
Eau De Vie
A prohibition style bar with relaxing leather couches and an impressive cocktail list. The team of bartenders at Eau de Vie will transport you back to a much-idolised era of jazz infused revelry with great service, drinks and music – needless to say, once settled in you’ll never want to leave.
Black Bottle brings the aperitivo tradition to Sydney. The wine bar offers an affordable list of drops, craft cocktails, and Mediterranean share plates – but there’s no menu. It’s a choose-your-own-adventure: the fridge is full of fresh fish, veggies, and condiments, and cured meats hang from the ceiling. When you’ve decided what you want, the chef will whip it up.
Sir Allen Taylor & Co
Smack-bang in the middle of the Oxford Street hub, this all-day eatery was named after Sir Allen Taylor, the Sydney mayor who was famous for prettying up Darlinghurst. The menu is simple and satisfying, and the bartenders kick off boozy brunch at 10am. After 3pm, finger foods take over, and customers scurry to score an outdoor table.
Johnny Fishbone Wine Parlour
Buffalo Dining Club’s younger brother, Johnny Fishbone is a 1920s-style wine and tapas bar from the same talented team. They have a seafood-focused menu and the space itself is sleek – all leather and marble – but the friendly staff and wine wall is what will make you go back time and time again.
The Oxford Hotel
Occupying Oxford Street for over 100 years, this hangout is an iconic local institution. It’s made up of four distinct spaces: the chilled-out Polo Lounge; Ginger’s, a cabaret venue; and Oxford Bar, which has live entertainment including dancers and drag queens and Oxford Underground a nightclub with a range of different events.
A hip Darlinghurst cocktail bar with vintage décor and a speakeasy vibe. It’s a sought-after venue – namely for its cocktail offering and contemporary bistro. Tatler Sydney revolves around the ethos of being 80 percent good and 20 percent wicked – where their bistro fare comes with lashings of wine, cocktails and desserts and where dancing, live music and impromptu cabaret set the tone for the evening.
Perched above Tatler (the speakeasy), 169 Darlinghurst is a café by day, and wine bar by night. The sleek fitout is all timber and brass, and the wine list is just as sophisticated, thanks to ACME sommelier, Gavin Wright. Breakfast focuses on crowd favourites, while dinner is creative, and touches on a few cuisines.
East Village Sydney
The rooftop terrace at the newly refurbed East Village Hotel is the perfect place to settle in for a chic-pub-do. The semi-private dining room on the rooftop is available to be reserved for groups of up to 20 people while the Athletic Club and Sports Bar, with its leather-clad chesterfield – on the level below is an old-worldly haven to retire to once the sun is set.
The Standard Bowl
Sitting above the iconic Kinselas, The Standard Bowl has that old school American arcade feel with a three-lane bowling alley. The alley sits beside a main stage, so catch a gig after a boozy bowling session. The venue is open until 3am and for the energetic, there are also arcade games, pinball machines and a pool table. No way boredom can strike here.
If you like gin, you’ll love Middlebar, a Cuban-inspired bar with an impressive array of gins to choose from, as well as botanicals and colourful cocktails. Local and international DJs provide the soundtrack for the dancefloor, which is lively until 3am on weekends. Hungry? You can order a feast of fresh, juicy dumplings from Johnny Wong downstairs.
The Unicorn Hotel
This classic art deco pub is the place making it ok to stick with old-school pub food and just do it well. While the laid-back brains of the operation may balk at the ‘gastropub’ title, we can’t help but feel that when the pub staples are executed so perfectly it would be amiss to say otherwise.
This one if for those who have a penchant for hip hop, RnB and cheese the upstairs restaurant at Big Poppa’s in Darlinghurst is often full and can be noisy but if you venture down the narrow staircase you’ll find yourself in a candle lit room with soft leather booths and dark timber tables. Mellow out to the old-school tapes they have playing in the background.
Shady Pines Saloon
Hidden off Oxford Street and down a dark alley, Shady Pines is recognisable by the formidable looking bodyguard outside an unmarked door. Inside, the intimate timber bar is filled with standing wine barrels, mounted moose heads and Tammy Wynette warbling in the background. The bars American country theme translates across into their drinks and cocktails with bourbons and whisky based treats.
The Village Inn Paddington
A local charmer, The Village Inn is a beautiful corner pub that exudes character and warmth. The heritage building has been a pub since 1890 and The Village Inn continues to live up to its roots by serving old-school pub food and hosting trivia nights, Sunday sessions with live music and sport screenings.
Climb a non-descript set of stairs on Oxford Street, and you’ll reach Bitter Phew, a world-class craft beer bar. The bar has over 300 brews on offer, from imperial stouts to hard-to-find sours and barley wines. While you sip, you can play a board game or put in a pork crackling order from Mr Crackles below.
Just off Taylor Square, Dead Ringer sits inside a charming converted townhouse. The restaurant serves a boozy brunch between 11am-3pm on weekends, but don’t expect to see smashed avo on the menu. Instead, you’ll find delicious, lunch-leaning dishes, all of which can be teemed with bottomless mimosas.
Nestled in the heart of Darlinghurst, Pocket Bar was one of Sydney’s original small bars. It lives up to its name, size-wise, and the space is decked out with urban wall art, plush couches, and dim lighting. The staff knows their way around a cocktail, whipping up the classics as well as edgier concoctions.