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.You’ll find a special haven back there. The cocktails are simply amazing, and it’s just the ticket for a grown up evening of 1930′s glamour.
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- The Victoria Room
235 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst
This is another 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 we care to remember. The restaurant is also well worth a try (great for share plates), and if you like High Tea – make sure you visit on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon.
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- Zeta Bar
Hilton Hotel Sydney, Level 4, 488 George Street, Sydney
This place is schmick and oozes class. Don’t be mistaken, this is no average hotel bar. It’s packed after work on a Thursday or Friday night. The cocktails are amazing and the terrace is the place to be on a warm evening.
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- The Roosevelt
32 Orwell Street, Potts Point
Sibling to Eau de Vie, and brought to you by the Speakeasy group, this 1940′s 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 serves an Americana food menu.
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Level 4, 252 George Street, Sydney
Located on level 4, above the always bustling Establishment. Luxuriate in a chesterfield lounge with a cocktail and smirk as you think of the crowd below. It’s all class here.
- Rabbit Hole Bar & Dining
Basement Level, 82 Elizabeth Street, Sydney
The home of the molecular cocktail – this place takes the humble cocktail to a whole new level. Think alcoholic jellys, foams, flavoured sugars and caviar!
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- 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 stylish surroundings.
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- 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.
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- Ananas Bar & Brasserie
18 Argyle Street, The Rocks
This opulent French chic bar serves up stellar cocktails in a luxe setting. We love their signature cocktail – the Absolutely Ananas.
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- Hinky Dinks
185 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst
Retro is back at Hinky Dinks. Celebrate 1950′s cocktail culture, where the forgotten cocktail hour was a special occasion.
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Category: Urban Chic Top 10