If there’s one thing Sydney does well, it’s a cocktail bar. With such fabulous options, we Sydney-siders have become quite discerning with our tastes and it takes something extra special to impress us. Check out our Top 10 (in no particular order):
- Eau de Vie
229 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst
This is a cool cocktail bar, and is a firm favourite. Don’t be fooled as you enter the Kirketon Hotel – be sure to walk through to the dark doors at the end of the hallway (ignore the bar on your right) You’ll find a special haven back there. You’ll like it. The cocktails are simply amazing, and it’s just the ticket for a grown up evening of 1930s glamour.
- The Victoria Room
235 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst
This is one of our favourite Sydney cocktail bars. You’ll be transported to a bygone era as you enter the glamorous British-raj establishment. This place has won Cocktail Bar of the Year for more years than I care to remember. The restaurant is also well worth a try (great for share plates), and if you like High Tea – make you to visit on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon.
- Zeta Bar
Hilton Hotel Sydney, Level 4, 488 George Street, Sydney
This place is schmick – it oozes class. Don’t be mistaken, this is no average hotel bar. It’s packed after work on a Thursday and Friday night. The cocktails are amazing and the terrace is the place to be on a warm evening.
- The Roosevelt
32 Orwell Street, Potts Point
Sibling to Eau de Vie, and brought to you by the Speakeasy group, this 1940s style cocktail bar oozes class. The making of cocktails is taken to another level here, bringing back the theatrics of a bygone era. Don’t miss the Cocktail Trolley and sit back and be entertained by the talented barmen. They also have a restaurant, which serves a degustation dinner with matching cocktails.
Level 4, 252 George Street, Sydney
Located on level 4, above Establishment, if you need to escape the Establishment crowd, you’ll find a haven here. Luxuriate in your chesterfield lounge with a cocktail and smirk as you think of the crowd below. It’s all class here.
- Low 302
302 Crown Street, Darlinghurst
Part restaurant, part cocktail bar, part live music venue, this intimate, moody, relaxed bar offers top quality cocktails served until late (or should that be early)?
- Tokonoma Lounge
490 Crown Street, Surry Hills
The Japanese lounge, located next door to famed Japanese restaurant Toko, offers a unique take on cocktails – they even infuse their own Shoshu (that’s sort of a Japanese vodka). An innovative cocktail menu in a space that’s all class.
- Shady Pines Saloon
Shop 4, 256 Crown Street, Darlinghurst
Ok, so this one’s a little less about class, and a little more about honkytonk, but you can still get a great cocktail here. Embrace your inner hillbilly and let the friendly boys at the bar fix your ultimate cocktail.
- Gardel’s Bar
358 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills
Secretly hidden away above that Argentinean meat paradise Porteno, you’ll find a rockabilly bar, with a great cocktail list. Don’t miss the Sex Panther – a drink that’s illegal in nine countries! They also do stellar bar food.
- Hinky Dinks
185 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst
Retro is back at Hinky Dinks. Celebrate 1950s cocktail culture, where the forgotten cocktail hour was a special occasion.
Category: Urban Chic Top 10