Top 10 Small Bars in Sydney

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Palmer & Co.

Palmer & Co.

We love the small bar phenomenon which has been happening over the past few years and turning Sydney into, well, more like Melbourne when it comes to the small bar scene.  We’ve seen some fantastic small bars popping up all over our city and suburbs.

Check out our Top 10 best Small Bars (in no particular order):

  1. BULLETIN PLACE BAR
    Bucking the trend to be underground, Bulletin Place Bar is located upstairs.  This ultra small bar offers friendly service and a cocktail menu which changes daily, depending on the best available produce.  Feeling peckish?  A selected menu is available delivered by next door Tapavino.
    Read our review of Bulletin Place Bar
    1st Floor, 10-14 Bulletin Place, Sydney
  2. THE LOBO PLANTATION
    This bar, named after the Caribbean’s last Sugar Baron – Julio Lobo, specialises in rum.  It’s all old world Cuban glamour in this basement gem.
    Read our review of The Lobo Plantation
    209 Clarence Street, Sydney
  3. BAXTER INN
    The ultimate hidden lane-way bar.  Specialising in whisky, but never fear if whisky is not your thing, they do serve other drinks.  Hugely popular underground prohibition den.
    Read our review of Baxter Inn
    152 – 156 Clarence Street, Sydney
  4. PALMER & CO.
    Another Merivale offering, located in the underground depths of the old Tank nightclub.  Pumping prohibition style bar, complete with flapper waitresses.  Busy any time of day or night.
    Read our review of Palmer & Co.
    Abercrombie Lane, Sydney
  5. SHADY PINES SALOON
    Taxidermist paradise and a honky tonk place.  Popular underground saloon.
    Read our review of Shady Pines Saloon
    256 Crown Street, Darlinghurst
  6. EAU DE VIE
    Perennial favourite cocktail bar, where the humble cocktail is taken to another level, as only the Speakeasy group know how.  Winner of countless Australian and international awards.
    Read our review of Eau de Vie
    229 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst
  7. NORSK DOR
    Friendly Nordic themed underground den featuring Scandinavian inspired food and drinks in cosy surroundings.
    Read our review of Norsk Dor
    70 Pitt Street, Sydney (entry next to the Batch Sandwich & Espresso Bar)
  8. PAPA GEDES
    This intimate New Orleans themed voodoo bar serves up tiki cocktails, absinthes and herbal elixirs with their unique witch doctor style.  Check out the blackboard with their list of drinks to ‘try before you die’!
    Read our review of Papa Gedes
    348 Kent Street, Sydney
  9. BUTTON BAR
    Cute as a button pirate themed small bar with warm service.  Great cocktails, huge range of spirits.  Note: limited food menu.
    Read our review of Button Bar
    65 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills
  10. UNCLE MINGS
    Decend the stairs to the mens suit shop and enter the 1930’s Hong Kong den.  Prepare to be seduced by the wafting incense and the dim lighting.
    Read our review of Uncle Mings
    55 York Street, Sydney

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