Sydney’s nightlife has changed quite a bit since we moved here. There are many more small cocktail bars and neighbourhood water holes than before. The competition to be the next cool bar has increased raising the standard considerably. You will now find bars to suit your every mood, from casual Friday night drinks to cozy high end romantic spots.
The our Bar Guide focuses on four main areas of Sydney: Downtown (CBD), Darlinghurst, Kings Cross and Surry Hills. These areas are easy to get to by train or on foot and, if needed, an inexpensive taxi ride back to your hotel. Pick an area and try bar hopping or mix it up and discover your own favorite watering hole not listed here. Sydney always has a new hot spot opening so it is very likely that you will find a place that we have yet to hear of. If it’s noteworthy drop us a line and we will added to list.
Sydney Small Bar Revolution
Many of the new small bars can be hard to find mostly because they are tucked away down an alley with no sign marking the entrance. Most you can find by spotting the bouncer outside checking IDs or by a group of people waiting to get in. It all feels very LA to me but the cocktails are usually worth trying though expect to pay for anything special.
Sydney’s Best Downtown (CBD) Bars
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Best Bars in Darlinghurst
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A “New York” style bar complete with rooftop deck that opens at noon so you can sneak in early head up to the rooftop and pretty much have the place to yourself. A great place to take a break from sightseeing in Sydney or escape the craziness of Oxford Street. Bruno’s is on the lower level and serves up simple Italian if you decide to go for lunch or dinner before joining the crowd at Hunky Dory Social Club. 215 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst 2010 (02) 9331 0442
Best Bars in Kings Cross
Best Bars in Surry Hills
It’s all about beer here at The Local. This is the Sydney location of the successful Melbourne beer hall. There are 20 beers on tap and the selection is in constant rotation, quite often you will find something new to try. A very popular option is the tasting paddle-five different beers for $13. Don’t worry, they keep a good selection of standard on tap here such as Coopers Sparkling and Little Creatures if you’re not feeling adventurous. 122 Flinders Street, Darlinghurst (02)9360 0088
*I know the address says Darlinghurst but The Local Taphouse is closer to our Surry Hills selection of bars than the Darlinghurst ones.