Sydney nightlife has undergone an exciting revival in recent years, with a swarm of edgy small bars such as Bulletin Place and the Baxter Inn mixing ... Read More

Sydney nightlife has undergone an exciting revival in recent years, with a swarm of edgy small bars such as Bulletin Place and the Baxter Inn mixing creative cocktails or specialising in wine, whiskey, cognac, or gin. Many are hidden down laneways, underground, or even behind barber’s shops, with unmarked doors and madcap interiors (check out Lobo Plantation’s Caribbean charms). Neighborhood bars, from Darlinghurst’s fresh-faced This Must Be The Place to Newtown’s quirky Earl’s Juke Joint, attract a devoted following. You’ll also find tempting tastings at microbrewery Young Henry’s and Archie Rose Distilling Co., spearheading a revival of locally made craft beers and spirits.

For fab bar food, settle in for the evening at atmospheric Argentine Gardel’s Bar in Surry Hills or Euro-accented Newtown sister bar-bistro Continental, which serves Martinis from a can. If drinks with a view are more your thing, seek out elegant rooftop aerie Henry Deane, atop the chic Hotel Palisade in Millers Point. The ultimate beachfront bar action, though, belongs to Watsons Bay Beach Club and surfside sensation Coogee Pavilion Rooftop. Whether you’re into all-night dancing on the beach or savoring craft cocktails at an intimate speakeasy, we’ve you covered when it comes to where to drink in Sydney.

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  • Archie Rose Distilling Co.

    Sydney lacked an independent spirit distiller from 1853 until the 2015 launch of Rosebery's boutique Archie Rose Distilling Co. The whiskey barrel-lined... Read More

  • Continental

    Elegant Newtown deli-bar Continental, with an evening bistro upstairs, takes its cue from the intimate European bars of old—all dark wood, marble... Read More

  • Coogee Pavilion Rooftop

    Come noon, those 18 plus can ascend to the Rooftop: a bar designed to look like a Victorian botanist's conservatory with alfresco decks overlooking the... Read More

  • Dead Ringer

    Drink mixing may result in a Yuzu Breezer (rum, yuzu, soda) or a White Sangria (wine, aperol, grapefruit). Niche Australian and New Zealand wines are on... Read More

  • Earl's Juke Joint

    Inspiration for drinks and music comes from the American South (like NOLA drummer Earl Palmer) and posters of blues stars adorn the walls. Quirky house... Read More

  • Gardel's Bar

    Argentine wines and lagers and Spanish sherries will make you fancy a dance for two. Sample the signature Banana Old Fashioned, with banana-infused Jack... Read More

  • GDR

    The mood is 1960s German Democratic Republic, but this low-lit haven also takes notes from Eastern European political chambers, retro ocean liners, and... Read More

  • Henry Deane

    Named after the building's engineer, Henry Deane Walsh, it's a collab between architect Alex Popov and stylist Sibella Court. Book your spot and dress... Read More

  • Lobo Plantation

    This subterranean Sydney bar works a tropical theme inspired by exiled Cuban sugar baron Julio Lobo, with cane lights, lush plants, and more kinds of... Read More

  • Peg Leg

    This maritime-themed charmer teams raw wooden banquettes with retro patterned wallpaper and a timber ceiling, accessorized with ships in bottles,... Read More

  • The Grounds of Alexandria

    Produce-driven plates, local wine, craft beers and cider, and botanically-inspired cocktails keep things reassuringly rural. Order a rhubarb daiquiri... Read More

  • This Must Be The Place

    TMBTP specializes in low-alcohol spritzes (gin and sherry with lemon, basil, and effervescent Prosecco), rather than hangover-inducing heavyweight... Read More

  • Watsons Bay Beach Club

    Enjoy cocktails, Australian wine, and tasty meals, on three levels that include a parasol-dotted terrace. Tables with sea views are highly prized in... Read More

  • Young Henrys

    You won't spot this hip inner-west microbrewery from the street (it's in a courtyard down an alley off Enmore Road) but those in-the-know love the laid... Read More

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