Guess what? It’s almost the weekend. Whether you’re plotting some serious after-work damage, need to hatch dinner date plans over the weekend to get yourself out of the doghouse, or just want to paint the town red with your bro squad, we’ve put together a guide to all the best bars in Sydney you need to try this year.
From CBD small bars and holes-in-the-wall, to inner-city hipster hotspots and fine dining rooftop bars, balconies, and bistros offering strong drinks and sweet views, we’ve got your weekend plans covered for the month, and year ahead.
Besser Italian, Surry Hills
Replacing the former Billy Kwong hotspot on Crown St is new Italian joint, Besser. The 70-seater casual bar and eatery serves up meatballs, fried sardines, grilled octopus & ossobuco with wine on tap and cocktails like the Laphoraig laden ‘Penicillin’, or rye whiskey ‘Sicilian Julep’.
Della Hyde, Darlinghurst
Part of Applejack Hospitality who are responsible for Sydney favourites like The Butler & The Botanist, Della Hyde is a playful interpretation of hotel bars of the past, drawing inspiration from Wes Anderson films and offering sophisticated cocktails like the Sparkling Strawberry Daiquiri & gin-infused cold drip Count Negroni as well as European & North African influenced grub.
Dead Ringer, Surry Hills
Dead Ringer is the second venue from the team behind Bulletin Place at Circular Quay and combines rustic and relaxed bar snacks, share plates, and sweet treats with a rotating menu of best local wines, beers & cider.
Darlo Country Club
Joining Sydney’s growing list of themed bars & restaurants, Darlo Country Club draws inspiration from Californian country clubs with sporting-inspired interiors and cocktails named after magnificent bastards of the past. Try the cherry, pineapple explosion ‘The Don’, or the tropical rum & herbal honey concoction, the ‘Howard Hughes’.
Butter, Surry Hills
What do you get when you combine fried chicken, Dom Pérignon & slick sneakers? Butter, of course. This hybrid sneaker store, chicken shop & champagne bar is Surry Hills latest must-go hipster joint.
Club 77, Darlinghurst
The old Club 77, with its sticky dance floors, Bang Gang DJ sets & light night debauchery, has been madeover by the same masterminds behind The Norfolk, The Forresters & The Oxford Tavern and turned into a classy drinker’s bar with red neon ceiling, 40-seat grown ups bar serving 30 different beer options & more spirits than you can poke a stick at.
Koi Dessert Bar, Chippendale
Masterchef 2015 contestant Reynold Poernomo has opened his long-awaited dessert bar Koi, which is already a favourite on the Chippendale drink & dining scene. Koi offers delicious savoury options but the real stars of the show are Koi’s desserts. We’re keen to try to chocolate mousse, raspberry gel, consommeé jelly, chocolate almond soil, ganache & strawberry.
Mistelle, Double Bay
Double Bay’s Kiaora Lane is now home to Mistelle, a Parisian bistro meets New York wine bar with plenty of plush furnishings & a big, long brass bar serving up French wine and cheese and signature dishes like soufflé & seafood paella.
Easy Eight, Sydney
Clarence St’s loading dock is becoming a hub for some of the best bars in Sydney, from the Baxter Inn to the Barber Shop and now welcomes old soul diner Easy Eight. Crazy cocktails like the 100s and 1000s encrusted Fairy Bread Fizz are perfect for those with a sweet tooth, while the Fernet and Coke on tap for $10 is perfect for those who like a bit of bitter-sweet.
The Unicorn, Paddington
The old Unicorn pub in Paddington has been resurrected, but not into a new hipster small bar. With the help of Mary’s co-owner Kenny Graham, Young Henry’s Oscar McMahon and Porteño’s Elvis Abrahanowicz The Unicorn retains much of its Aussie pub appeal with dishes like steak, schnitty with mash and a Mary’s burger and chips. As for drinks, The Unicorn keeps it down-to-earth with XXXX, VB, Resch’s and Coopers. On ya mate.
Palisade Hotel, Millers Point
Located in Sydney’s historic Rocks precinct, the Palisade Hotel is a little injection of luxury to an area often dedicated to pub crawls. The pub, hotel and cocktail lounge was refurbished in mid 2015 and now offers classy sangas, snacks, well-poured Guinness and champagne. It’s also a convenient pit stop for those checking out Barangaroo.
Burrow Bar, Sydney
Burrow Bar is Sydney’s latest small bar, a hidden basement in the heart of the city to escape the hustle and bustle and ‘unlock nostalgic sensations’ with cocktails, craft beers, boutique spirits and wine.