Best Bars In Sydney

7 Of The Best Bars In Sydney

Sydney is home to some of the world’s best watering holes – with stylish bars, hip mixologists and heritage brewers, you’ll never be stuck for somewhere fun to go for a tipple or two.

Can’t decide where to begin your night? Consider this your ultimate guide to the best bars in Sydney…

1. Bulletin Place

Set up by three top bartenders, Bulletin Place is injecting lightning bolts into Sydney’s small bar scene. Every day the bartenders work with the (strictly Australian) produce to create five new original cocktails, with the daily changing menu written on butcher paper up on the wall.

Best bars Sydney

2. The Wild Rover

This “Irish folk barn crossed with New York chic” is a buzzing Irish bar the likes of which you’ve probably never seen before. With over 200 varieties of whiskey and a creative cocktail menu, The Wild Rover is always a good choice. Try their tasty Guinness Punch – a spicy and sweet milkshake style drink.

Best bars Sydney

3. Scout

This “bar within a bar” is in the top floor bar of The Dolphin Hotel in Surry Hills and consistently pushes boundaries with its drinks menu. There’s a mad scientist type of approach to cocktails, with local ingredients evaporated and turned into unique cocktails. One for a night to remember.

Scout Bar in Sydney

4. Ode

This intimate Italian wine bar in Bondi is a top pick for date night, thanks to its flattering lighting, rich pasta dishes and natural organic wine list. Rotating wine on tap means you can drink as little – or as much – as you like, so no need to feel pressured into buying a bottle.

Italian Wine Bar in Sydney

5. Employees Only

One of the world’s most famous bars came to Sydney with a bang, and now this New York-style cocktail bar and restaurant in the heart of Sydney’s CBD is a thriving spot for artisan cocktails. Indulge in top-of-the-range spirits and late night eats.

One of the most famous bars in Sydney

6. Old Mate’s Place

Looking for a rooftop bar to soak up that beaming Sydney sun? This library-vibes cocktail bar is your best shout. Climb 102 steps for a view (or y’know, take the lift) of the city skyline at this lush oasis with super tasty cocktails that will refresh you in no time. Well worth the effort.

Old Mate's Place Bar in Sydney

7. Jacoby’s

Jacoby’s Tiki Bar is a colourful oasis where you can step back into a 1930s Polynesian-style space to sip on simply amazing cocktails. Forget about those sickly sweet tiki drinks you’re thinking of; these are fresh and exotic, with only the best tropical ingredients.

Jacoby's Tiki Bar
Image: Christopher Pearce
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