Drink – Bar
Lower concourse level, Sydney Opera House / +61 2 9247 1666 / 7 days – 11.30am – late
If ever there was a quintessential Sydney bar, this has to be it. This is THE best view of Sydney Harbour you will ever hope to experience. You cannot beat this alfresco bar on a balmy Sydney day. Grab a cocktail, hope for a table, and sit back and enjoy the view of all views.
Opera Bar website
330 George Street, Sydney / +61 2 9254 8100 / Main Bar: Mon – Fri – 11am – late, Sat – 5pm – late, Pool Club: Mon – Fri – 12pm - late, Sat – 5pm – late, Sun – 1pm – late
Perhaps the coolest bar in Sydney – this is indeed where the beautiful people flock. Ivy is an amazing complex, unlike anything we’ve seen anywhere else in the world. This is a sophisticated urban playground. Eight zones over several levels – you could get lost in here for days. Ivy Pool is the place to be in the summer. If you ever see Level 6 – you’ve officially made it.
252 George Street, Sydney / +61 2 9240 3100 / Mon – Fri – 11am – late, Sat – 6pm – late
Two words – meat market. If you want to meet a suit – this is the place. It’s cool. It’s hot. You get the picture. This is a staple go to bar after a hard days work. You’ll want to look the part – dress to impress.
Establishment Bar website
Palmer & Co.
Abercrombie Lane, Sydney / +61 2 9240 3172 / Mon – Thurs – 5pm – late, Fri – 3pm – late, Sat – 5pm – late
Cool prohibition style underground laneway bar, complete with flapper styled waitresses. A place to see and be seen.
Palmer and Co website
152-156 Clarence Street, Sydney / Mon – Sat – 4pm – 1am
Whisky and pretzels. That’s what you’ll find at this hidden underground gem. One of the original ‘small bars’ in Sydney, and possibly still one of the best. PS – you don’t have to be a whisky fan – there are plenty of other choices.
Baxter Inn website
285a Crown Street, Surry Hills / +61 2 9331 0833 / 7 days – midday – midnight
We love this place. We spend a lot of time here. Tuesday night, Saturday night, Sunday afternoon, you can be sure to find a good crowd. Also check out Gazebo (2 Elizabeth Bay Road) and Manly Wine (8-13 South Steyne) by the same people.
The Winery website
Shady Pines Saloon
Shop 4, 256 Crown Street, Darlinghurst / 7 days - 4pm – midnight
This is a honky tonk place. A true saloon and a taxidermists paradise. It’s a cool, relaxed vibe and a popular place to be seen.
Shady Pines Saloon website
The Bucket List
The Bondi Pavilion, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach / +61 2 9365 4122 / Mon – Sun- 11am – midnight
If you’re looking for a bar in Bondi – this has to be it. Whether it be Saturday night, or Sunday afternoon – this place is pumping. Grab a beer and watch the world go by.
The Bucket List website