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Best Bars in Sydney

31 Best Bars in Sydney

The best bars in Sydney aren’t always the bars with the biggest crowds. While your favourite bar is subjective, there are a few key fundamentals that could make or break your local watering hole. Do they have a wide variety of drinks? Mains, meals or snacks to keep you going? Great music and atmosphere? Get ready to tick all three of those boxes, with our list of the 31 best bars in Sydney.

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Best Bars in Sydney Old Mate’s Place

1. Old Mate’s Place

Starting off our list of the best bars in Sydney is Old Mate’s Place. Once you’ve ascended the four flights of stairs, you’ll see why it’s one of Sydney’s best-kept secrets. You’ll be greeted by friendly staff, who will offer a table inside or upstairs. Go upstairs, where you’ll find the coolest Sydney rooftop bar. Bask in the setting sun as you sink down spirits, beers, wines, or all of the above.

Address: Level 4, 199 Clarence St, Sydney NSW 2000
Tues-Thur 4pm-2am, Fri 12pm-2am, Sat-Sun 2pm-2am, Mon Closed

Old Mate’s Place

bars near me: Little Felix

2. Little Felix

Little Felix is the 1920’s themed bar you didn’t know you needed in your life. Housed in a very small space, this is more of a date night spot than one for a pub crawl. At this Sydney bar, you’ll find your traditional cocktails, as well as offering a slew of their own creations. They also host a snack menu that you simply can’t miss.

Address: 2a Ash Street, Sydney NSW 2000
+61 02 9114 7372
Tues-Thur 5pm-10pm, Fri 1:30pm-10pm, Sat 5pm-10pm, Sun-Mon Closed

Little Felix

Best Bars in Sydney The Baxter Inn

3. The Baxter Inn

At The Baxter Inn, if you order a top-shelf drink, your bartender may literally have to climb the shelf to prepare it. Behind this Sydney bar, you’ll find an array of wines and spirits that reflect like a stain glass window. The Baxter Inn is great if you want some high-quality spirits or a precision-made cocktail. Located on Clarence street, this also makes Baxters one of the best bars in Sydney CBD.

Address: 156 Clarence Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Mon-Sat 4pm-1am, Sun Closed

The Baxter Inn

bars near me: PS40

4. PS40

The bartenders at PS40 are more like mad scientists. Together they’ve concocted a cocktail menu inspired by global festivals and holidays, from Thanksgiving to Valentine’s Day. They also have non-alcoholic cocktails for the designated drivers of the world. As winners of Timeout’s 2020 Bar of The Year Award, you’ll want to check this Sydney bar out for yourself.

Address: Shop 2, 40 King Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Mon-Thur 4pm-12am, Fri-Sat 4pm-2am, Sun 6pm-12am


Best Bars in Sydney Bulletin Place Bar

5. Bulletin Place Bar

If you don’t know what to drink but are open to anything, Bulletin Place Bar is the Sydney bar for you. They’ve got a huge variety of drinks, with cocktails that are consistent with a great mix and quality. This circular quay bar is also super close to the station, you know, just in case it all gets a bit much.

Address: Level 1 10-14 Bulletin Place, Sydney NSW 2000
+61 02 8069 5433
Mon-Wed 4pm-12am, Thur-Sat 4pm-1am, Sun Closed

Bulletin Place Bar

bars near me: The Wild Rover

6. The Wild Rover

The Wild Rover is so easy to miss with their unmarked doors, it’s almost like they don’t want to be found. Consider this a private invitation, once you find the door. The Wild Rover is one of the great cocktail bars Sydney has tucked away across the city, serving tap beers, wines, and of course, cocktails you’ll find hard to refuse. If you’re peckish, we recommend one of their lamb sausage rolls, made fresh to order.

Address: 75 Campbell Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010
+61 02 9280 2235
Mon-Sat 4pm-12am, Sun Closed

The Wild Rover

Best Bars in Sydney Frankie’s Pizza

7. Frankie’s Pizza

A consistent feature on many top ten and best of lists, is Frankie’s Pizza. Loved for their live music and pizza by the slice, Frankie’s is a constitution of the Sydney city pub world. Start your night here, come back for kick-on, or never leave at all. Frankie’s has to be included on your next pub crawl, as it’s easily one of the best bars in Sydney.

Address: 50 Hunter St, Sydney NSW 2000
Hours: 4pm-3am Daily

Frankie’s Pizza

Best Bars in Sydney The Lobo

8. The Lobo

The Lobo is a rum bar, with over 250 local and internal rums hand picked for you to try. The Lobo is essentially a Caribbean holiday in the streets of Sydney, with banana palms and rattan chairs dominating the décor. The bartenders like to show off here, so be ready for a show. There are lots of snacks worth trying as well, making it one of the best Sydney bars for food.

Address: Basement Lot 1, 209 Clarence Street, Sydney NSW 2000
+61 04 3723 3009
Tues-Thur 5pm-1am, Fri-Sat 5pm-2am, Sun-Mon Closed

The Lobo

bars near me: The Cumberland

9. The Cumberland

How you get into The Cumberland alone makes it one of the best bars in Sydney. Taking their secrecy to the max, you must first walk through a fridge in a deli, down a spiral staircase before being shown to your table. The visually stunning cocktails will be just as Instagram worthy as the décor of the place itself. The antipasti is also great to snack on if you’re in the mood for it.

Address: 17-19 Central Ave, Manly NSW 2095
+61 02 9058 2877
Wed-Thur 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-1am, Sun 4pm-10pm, Mon-Tues Closed

The Cumberland

Best Bars in Sydney Cantina OK!

10. Cantina OK!

Cantina OK! is a super small standing Sydney bar that will comfortably fit 20 people (uncomfortably, maybe more). Therefore, you’ll want to get in early. You can trust the bartenders here with your life, along with your drink orders for the night. Of course, you can always go for the classic margarita if you want something familiar.

Address: Council Place, Sydney NSW 2000
Mon-Sun 4pm-2am

Cantina OK!

bars near me: Ramblin Rascal Tavern

11. Ramblin Rascal Tavern

With its walls covered in wrestling memorabilia, pin-ups and dildos, we can assure you that Ramblin Rascal Tavern is a unique cocktail bar. Behind this bar in Sydney, you’ll find everything from cocktails to cans, as well as great burgers and fried chicken. Live music plays every Thursday from 8pm, which always draws in a crowd.

Address: Basement Level, 60 Park Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Mon-Wed 4pm-12am, Thur 4pm-2am, Fri 12pm-2am, Sat 4pm-2am, Sun Closed

Ramblin Rascal Tavern

Best Bars in Sydney Love, Tilly Devine

12. Love, Tilly Devine

Named after one of Australia’s foremost crime bosses, Love, Tilly Devine is one of the best Darlinghurst bars. More than just a hole in the wall, the food here is just as good, if not better than the selection of wines and spirits. We recommend trying the Japanese vegemite on parmesan toast, a combination of flavours we didn’t know we needed until now.

Address: 91 Crown Lane, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
+02 9326 9297
Mon-Sat 5pm-12am, Sun 4pm-10pm

Love, Tilly Devine

bars near me: Earl’s Juke Joint

13. Earl’s Juke Joint

Having been around for so long, the staff at Earl’s Juke Joint clearly know what they’re up to behind the bar. Look forward to a tasty cocktail, mixed to perfection every time. With a mix of blues, rock and 90’s hip hop, Earl’s Juke Joint is a popular spot because its one of the best bars in Sydney. There are no bookings here, so it’s first in best dressed.

Address: 407 King Street, Newtown NSW 2042
Tues-Sun 6pm-12am, Mon ClosedEarl’s Juke Joint

Best Bars in Sydney Dear Sainte Éloise

14. Dear Sainte Éloise

Dear Sainte Éloise is a European inspired wine bar if you hadn’t already guessed by the name. With over 300 wines available on their drink menu, don’t be afraid to ask for your servers’ opinion. Your food and drink should go hand in hand, for an experience like no other. Therefore, their food menu is made of small meals for sharing, made of in-season ingredients for the freshest flavours.

Address: 5/29 Orwell Street, Potts Point NSW 2011
+61 02 9326 9745
Mon-Thur 5pm-12am, Fri-Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 12pm-10pm

Dear Saint Eloise

bars near me: Maybe Sammy

15. Maybe Sammy

Moving forward from the 1920’s bar already featured on our list, let’s jive to the roaring ’50s at Maybe Sammy. The whole bar is one big performance, with staff dressed in character and cocktails being the stars of the show. This is a place you’ll want to stay rather than a bar hop. Be sure to get in for a happy hour for half price mini cocktails.

Address: 115 Harrington Street, The Rocks NSW 2000
+61 02 9241 4970
Tues-Sun 4:30pm-1am, Mon Closed

Maybe Sammy

Best Bars in Sydney Shady Pines Saloon

16. Shady Pines Saloon

Another long-standing and well-respected Sydney bar, Shady Pines Saloon has character in bucket loads. More than enough to make it one of the best Darlinghurst bars. Entering through another unmarked door off the streets, you’ll first see the walls coated in talking fish and novelty beer trays. Sing-alongs and conga lines aren’t out of the usual here, as you sit and enjoy cocktails mixed with freshly squeezed fruit juice.

Address: Shop 4, 256 Crown Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Mon-Sun 4pm-12am

Shady Pines Saloon

bars near me: Employees Only

17. Employees Only

Unlike the name suggests, Employees Only is welcoming to all. A global bar sensation, you’ll find an Employee’s Only in Miami, Singapore and even Hong Kong. All your favourite cocktails feature on this Sydney bar’s menu, as well as a great selection of food from the kitchen. If you make it until the 3am close, you’ll be rewarded with a complimentary chicken soup. We know, very unique.

Address: 9a Barrack St, Sydney NSW 2000
+61 02 8084 7490
Wed-Thur 5pm-12am, Fri 5pm-3am, Sat 5pm-3am, Sun-Tues Closed

Employees Only

Best Bars in Sydney Palmer & Co

18. Palmer & Co

Another themed bar on our list of the best bars in Sydney, Palmer & Co’s theme is the prohibition. For the non-history buffs, this means more jazz and oldie costumes. The live music is an easy draw to Palmer & Co, as well as their food menu. Melted cheese can be found across the menu (and your clothes if you’re a messy eater) from toasted sandwiches to cheese-dipped pretzels.

Address: Abercrombie Lane, Sydney NSW 2000
+61 02 9114 7315
Wed-Thur 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 4pm-10pm, Sun 5pm-10pm, Mon-Tues Closed

Palmer & Co

Bondi liquor co

19. Bondi Liquor Co

Bondi Liquor Co. is an artisan distillery and bar based in Bondi Beach. They’re the proud producers of the suburbs first locally made gin and offer events designed for trying the very best of the beach paradise. There’s everything from Yin & Gin on Saturdays, to private function rooms for events. Grab a gin and sip back and relax on a Friday arvo at Bondi Liquor Co, one of Sydney’s best new bars.

Address: 15 O’Brien St, Bondi Beach NSW 2026
Thur-Fri 4-10pm, Sat 2-10pm, Sun 2-9pm

Bondi Liquor Co

Best Bars in Sydney Jacoby’s Tiki Bar

20. Jacoby’s Tiki Bar

Jacoby’s Tiki Bar is one of the most fun bars on our list of the best bars in Sydney. With this being a tiki bar, you’ll find banana palm and fish décor across the walls and drinks. The sweet, sugary cocktails are also named after Twin Peaks references, if you happen to be a fan.

Address: 154 Enmore Road, Newtown NSW 2042
Tues-Wed 6pm-12am, Thur 6pm-1am, Fri 6pm-2am, Sat 4pm-2am, Sun 6pm-12am, Mon Closed

Jacoby’s Tiki Bar

bars near me: Poly

21. Poly

Poly is the Sydney bar for the wine obsessed. If this isn’t you, staff will happily guide you along the menu to a wine that best fits your taste. The woodfired snacks menu is great for a treat while drinking, and if you want something bigger look no further than their mains.

Address: 74-76 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010
+61 02 8860 0808
Tues-Fri 5pm-10pm, Sat 12pm-2pm, Sun 5pm-10pm, Mon Closed


Best Bars in Sydney The Wine Room at The Dolphin Hotel

22. The Wine Room at The Dolphin Hotel

What was the mild-mannered Dolphin Hotel has done a full Superman, and transformed into a rocking Italian restaurant and bar. This means you can dig into a generous Italian feed as well as a great drop of wine or cocktail. The Wine Room is one of the best bars in Sydney, and a great place to spend your evening or to start off your night on the town.

Address: 412 Crown Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010
+61 02 9331 4800
Wed-Fri 5pm-10pm, Sat-Sun 12pm-10pm, Mon-Tues Closed

The Dolphin

bars near me: Tokyo Bird

23. Tokyo Bird

Tokyo Bird is the Japanese bar with all the sake you dream of. Hidden away in Sydney’s Surry Hills, this low key bar lets the drinks do the wowing. The katsu chicken nuggets will have you asking ‘McWho?’. And for the brave, the yakitori grill awaits (yakitori is grilled chicken thigh, wing, liver, hearts, and giblets).

Address: 2/226/228 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010
+61 02 8880 0788
Mon-Sat 5pm-12am, Sun Closed

Tokyo Bird

Best Bars in Sydney Papa Gede’s Bar

24. Papa Gede’s Bar

Papa Gede’s Bar is named after the voodoo spirit of lust and laughter. This makes sense, as there is no shortage of spirits at this bar. Their friendly staff are eager to mix you a drink you won’t forget, and you can partake in monthly spirit tastings on a Monday night. We should probably mention that the venue is dog friendly too if you didn’t already want to go.

Address: 348 Kent Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Mon-Fri 4pm-12am, Sat 5pm-12am, Sun Closed

Papa Gede’s

bars near me: Mary’s Newtown

25. Mary’s Newtown

Another one that’s constantly talked about as being the cool bars in Sydney, Mary’s Newtown has more than earned its reputation. A staple in the nightlife of Newtown, this heavy metal rock venue is known in particular for its exceptional burgers. Mary’s Newtown should be your first stop if you’re new to Sydney.

Address: 6 Mary Street, Newtown NSW 2024
+61 04 5115 4210
Mon-Fri 4pm-12am, Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 12pm-10pm

Mary’s Newtown

Best Bars in Sydney Tio Cerveceria

26. Tio Cerveceria

We hope you like tequila because at Tio Cerveceria you’ll find over 100 different varieties behind the bar. A lot of these tequilas are hard to find in Australia, so don’t feel bad if you’re unfamiliar with the menu. As the friendly bar staff for their recommendation, as you scoff down the free popcorn offered to guests.

Address: 4-14 Foster Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Wed-Sat 5pm-12am, Sun 5pm-10pm, Mon-Tues Closed

Tio Cerveceria

bars near me: The Duke of Clarence

27. The Duke of Clarence

The Duke of Clarence is the 18th century, London tavern inspired pub that doubles as one of the best bars in Sydney CBD. In the colder months, you’ll want to get in early and poach the seats by the fireplace. They’ve got all the brews you’d expect on tap at a pub, as well as a fancy cocktail or two at the bar. Their food menu is just as British, with fish butty’s and Sunday roasts.

Address: 152-156 Clarence Street, Sydney NSW 2000
+61 02 8999 3850
Tues-Wed 12pm-11pm, Thur 12pm-12am, Fri-Sat 12pm-1am, Sun 12pm-8pm, Mon Closed

The Duke of Clarence

Best Bars in Sydney Continental Deli Bar Bistro

28. Continental Deli Bar Bistro

The Continental Deli Bar Bistro is exactly, as they say, a deli and a bar. Canned margarita, canned cosmopolitan, all made fresh and canned themselves. Their antipasti and snacks menu doesn’t involve too many canned foods (luckily, some would say) and pairs great with all drinks. Certainly a weirder trend on our list, but one you have to try.

Address: 210 Australia Street, Newtown NSW 2042
+61 02 8624 3131
Mon-Sun 12pm-10pm

Continental Deli Bar Bistro

bars near me: Jangling Jack’s

29. Jangling Jack’s

Jangling Jack’s is a great place for kick-on after a night out. It helps that their kitchen stays open late, so you don’t need to go home on an empty stomach. Jangling Jack’s is a classy affair, so sit down, relax and enjoy your meal at one of the cool bars in Sydney.

Address: 175 Victoria Street, Potts Point NSW 2011
+61 04 1702 0071
Sun-Wed 4pm-11pm, Thur-Sat 4pm-1am

Jangling Jack’s

Best Bars in Sydney The Barber Shop

30. The Barber Shop

The Barber Shop is a gin bar, found by walking through the back of (you guessed it) a barbershop. This Sydney bar has become an increasingly popular choice from the spirits menu, and no one understands this more than The Barber Shop. With a menu boasting 80+ bottles of gin, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Wash down one of their cheeseboards with a cool, refreshing G&T.

Address: 89 York Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Tues-Wed 5pm-11pm, Thur 4pm-12am, Fri-Sat 4pm-1am, Sun-Mon Closed

The Barber Shop

bars near me: Where’s Nick

31. Where’s Nick

A great wine for all at an affordable price, that’s the goal of Where’s Nick. The shelves behind the bar are stacked to the ceiling with bottles of wines and spirits, along with a consistently changing menu of wine specials. Winner of Timeouts best wine bar of 2020 award, we can’t think of a better way close out our list of the 31 best bars in Sydney.

Address: 236 Marrickville Road, Marrickville NSW 2204
+61 04 0699 1384
Tues-Thur 4pm-11pm, Fri 4pm-12am, Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 12pm-9pm, Mon Closed

Where’s Nick

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General FAQs

What are the best bars in Sydney CBD?

According to Google Reviews, PS40 and Old Mate's Place are among the best bars in Sydney's CBD.

Where's a good bar in Newtown?

Jacoby's Tiki Bar and Mary's Newtown are two of the best bars in Newtown.

Where is the best bar in Sydney for whisky?

Shady Pines Saloon and The Baxter Inn have some of the best whiskys available in Sydney. With a curated collection that takes you across Scotland, Ireland and down under, it's hard not to find something you like here.


Lachlan Twose

Lachlan Twose is a Sydney-based content producer with a background in film and television. He completed Bachelor of Media, Majoring in Screen Practice and Production at Macquarie University in 2020 and currently works as a credit analysis in the financial industry. He specialises in film and television, pop culture and restaurant coverage.