On campus at Sydney Uni, Manning Bar is a local favourite for students and music lovers alike. A purpose built live entertainment venue, on any given night you can stumble upon a live gig from a local or international act. During the semester, Monday to Friday, you can get delicious American-style bites from Lucky's serving from Manning Bar 11am till late.
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.
The Marlborough Hotel
Ask locals where they like to stop off for an after-work drink, and they'll point you to The Marlborough Hotel, affectionately known as ‘The Marly’. The unpretentious pub has a lot to offer: a garden bar, a sports bar with multiple screens, and live music on Thursday nights. The kitchen serves up Southern comfort food – along with pub classics. There are daily food specials, and DJs on the decks every weekend.
A cosy space that serves up some of the best cocktails in town, Corridor is the ultimate small bar. It’s perfect for a romantic date night, thanks to its dim lighting, mezze plates, and plenty of nooks and crannies to settle in. If you want to mingle with more people or soak up the sun, head up to the rooftop courtyard, which is buzzing all year round. While Corridor has a carefully curated wine list, it’d be criminal to visit ...
To join the locals for a Sunday session, head to The Courthouse – a lively, unpretentious pub that’s known for its beer garden. It’s large, leafy and laidback, featuring a wooden verandah, tropical plants, frangipani trees and picnic tables. It fills up quickly (even in the cooler months), so go early to score a seat among the fairy lights. The pub also has pool tables, pinball machines, and AFL games on the big screens inside, and a huge range of ...
Continental Deli Bar Bistro
Situated on Australia street, this European themed deli, bar and bistro boasts equal parts quirky, retro and fun. While there has been ample buzz surrounding the ‘Mar-tinny’ and ‘Can-hattan’ creations, Continental Deli Bar Bistro’s host of other classic cocktails featuring sherries, vermouth and house-made liqueurs are well worth a dabble.
Different Drummer Bar
The Different Drummer is a staple of the inner west bar scene. It’s the sort of down-to-earth bar you want as your local, with exposed brick walls, moody lighting and funky poster art channelling a New York vibe. The Different Drummer’s curated share plate menu is a deftly crafted mix of modern flavours, with an equally delicious list of burgers on offer for those who don’t like to share, and cocktails to wash it all down.
Located on the former Zanzibar site, Websters Bar is a breath of fresh air. It’s a three-storey playground. The lower floors are more intimate, with 1920s décor, small, candle-lit tables and a dedicated bourbon bar. The bar’s main calling card is the rooftop bar, which has insane views of the Sydney skyline, a BBQ-style menu, and a kitschy vibe. If you’re a sucker for sport or specials, you’re in luck: Websters screens football, as well as craft beer and cocktail ...
Taking inspiration from South Carolina, Glebe's brand new restaurant and cocktail bar will transport you to the laid-back shores of southeastern USA. With the pastel pink hued interiors, sea blue furniture and greenery galore, The Charleston really is an Instagrammer's dream. On the food front, order the Fish Tacos Jalapeno Mayo and for drinks, sip on the Carolina Hight Tea with bourbon and peach liquor.
The Annandale Hotel is one of the most iconic pubs in the Inner West and is known for its friendly and welcoming vibe.There’s always something happening at The Annandale with great tunes providing the soundtrack to a typical night at the pub. The classic pub fare has been curated by Burgers by Josh and no visit to The Annandale is complete without sampling one of their cocktails.
The Duck Inn Pub & Kitchen
A neighbourhood pub hidden away in the back streets of Chippendale, The Duck Inn is loved as much for its warm, laidback ambiance as it is for its craft beer and menu. There are comfy couches, bookcases and a timber bar inside while the beer garden outside is intimate, tree-lined and has a fire pit - a sought-after watering hole in both the winter and summer months.
The Rose Hotel
A stone’s throw from Sydney University, The Rose gets a workout from thirsty students, but that won’t deter the locals. The beer garden is the drawcard here, with large picnic benches and big groups creating a warm atmosphere under the twinkling fairy lights. A number of craft beers are available, and there is The Marmalade Bar upstairs for those desiring a quiet vino-fuelled escape.
Housed inside a former steelworks, Staves Brewery has preserved a lot of the building with exposed brick and a gantry, adding rustic character to this popular Glebe beer garden. Large picnic tables line the beer garden which features a timber wall and cute, plant-lined windows. The space feels authentic, and even a little like Brooklyn. A watering hole for those with an appreciation for a good beer.
The Midnight Special
Nicknamed ‘The Spesh’, The Midnight Special is another small bar that is cool, unassuming and quintessentially Newtown. The décor is all-American, with checkerboard floors, booths and music straight from the 50s, 60s and 70s. On some nights, local DJs take over to spin the tunes, usually rock’n’roll or blues. Every season, the bartenders create new cocktails that “taste as good as music makes you feel,” and there’s always a range of sweet and spicy sips. The menu is overhauled often, ...
The Stinking Bishops
Cosy and boutique French bistro and bar The Stinking Bishops is all about cured meats, cheese and wine. They have a selection of over 30 hard and soft cheeses to choose from and the option of creating your own platter. Using both local and international deli products, you also have the option to buy produce to take home.
Australian Youth Hotel
Glebe's heritage Australian Youth Hotel allows patrons to settle into either the dark wood public bar, eclectic beer garden space or enjoy a bite in the loft. This old-fashioned pub boasts an extensive drinks menu, featuring a mix of wines and craft beers, and the bistro serves up creative pub fare.
The Glebe Hotel
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. The Glebe Hotel's dining destination The Stables Bar & Grill, led by Head Chef Ben Allcock, focuses on gastro-pub fare, from ale battered fish and ...
A staple on Sydney’s craft beer scene, Young Henrys is the perfect place to spend an afternoon with friends. The brewery-slash-bar serves up their signature beers, experimental brews, and cloudy ciders. There are also food trucks parked out the front every weekend – follow the bar on social media to find out who will be serving up tasty treats when you’re there. This venue is absolutely buzzing on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
The Toxteth Hotel
As for pubs, The Toxteth – affectionately known as ‘The Tocky’ – has been a local haunt for decades. It's now a sleek gastro-pub with exposed beer pipes, greenery galore and leather and timber finishes throughout. The varied menu showcases wholesome salads and hot bowls - anything but your traditional pub fare. The alfresco courtyard makes for the perfect Sunday session, or cosying up by the heaters with a cheeky espresso martini - which are served on tap by the ...
Earl's Juke Joint
You’d be forgiven if you walked straight past this place – it’s a speakeasy-style bar that’s disguised as a butcher. Pretty cool, right? Inside, Earl's Juke Joint pays homage to New Orleans with low lighting, eclectic music and strong cocktails. The staff is friendly and relaxed, and it’s the kind of place that brings people together. After dark, the dancefloor cranks up, making Earl’s Juke Joint the place to go for a late-night boogie in Newtown.
The Chippo Hotel
Hands down, this corner pub is a local favourite and why wouldn’t it be when it has retained the original beauty of the building while updating the interiors to be warm, trendy and inviting. From nightly specials to live tunes, The Chippo Hotel on Abercrombie Street knows how to draw a crowd.
Timbah is a trendy and hip, yet relaxed bar on Glebe Point Road and is the local go-to for wine and tapas-style plates. This industrial chic wine bar serves the wines that have been selected by the first customers of the evening, encouraging creatures of habit to try something different. An extensive wine list looks after all palates and like the wine offering, Timbah’s food menu is rotated frequently.
There’s no denying that this Chippendale bar has a love for all things wine and cheese related. Part bar part cooking school, Zigi’s pair the two together beautifully. And although the cheese list is impressive, it is not all that they do here. The restaurant side of the operation also has a seasonal menu that hints at the Mediterranean.