Best Cocktail Bars in Sydney
Our cocktail bars? They're among the very best in the world. From sky-high haunts overlooking the CBD to hidden drinking dens behind secret doors, these places are going way beyond the norm - think potent libations topped off with punchy flavours and dramatic presentation. To help you get your drink on like a real connoisseur, we've rounded up the best cocktail bars in Sydney right here.
Looking for great cocktail bars in Sydney's North Shore? Stoned Crow is bringing together an eclectic menu of quirky drinks and delicious food. What's more, if you head over on Friday and Saturday nights between 9pm and 11pm you can score classic concoctions for as little as $12.
The Glenmore Hotel has gained iconic status, having started out life back in the 1920s. But now? It boasts an enviable rooftop terrace showcasing unrivalled views of the Opera House and harbour, as well as a mighty menu of sharing plates and cocktails.
Tipping its cap to old school American cowboys, Shady Pines Saloon is a low-lit basement bar famed for its whiskeys, craft beers and sarsaparilla. Often hailed as one of the best cocktail bars in Sydney, this place is an absolute must if you're craving a boilermaker.
When it comes to cocktail bars in Sydney CBD, there's nowhere quite like this. Run by a group of pals with a penchant for deadly libations, Ramblin' Rascal Tavern is an underground bar with a tongue-in-cheek attitude, with drinks called Dylan (You Son Of A Bitch) and Grow A Pear.
Earl's Juke Joint is easily one of the best bars in Sydney, thanks to its feel-good vibes and New Orleans leaning. Taking inspiration from the USA, this Newtown drinking den plays a toe-tapping soundtrack for sipping signature creations which frequently reinvent old classics.
Blending tropical and Twin Peaks influences, Jacoby's Tiki Bar is one of the quirkiest cocktail joints in town. Stop by for unique interiors and stick around for the menu of reinvented concoctions, like the Damn Fine Coffee which is a coconut water-laced espresso martini.
The Lobo is renowned for its rum-laced concoctions and chic interiors, making it one of Sydney's very best cocktail bars. Transporting you to the sun-soaked streets of Havana, this underground gem is characterised by its salsa soundtrack, rattan furniture and ever-buzzing atmosphere.
Searching for the best bars with food in Sydney? Smoke should be firmly on the list thanks to its modern cocktails and bites to eat. Picture this: you'll get to guzzle cumquat white negronis while grazing on wagyu sliders, rock oysters and charcuterie, all with picturesque views of the water.
There are very few cocktail bars as stunning as Bar 83. Found at the top of Sydney Tower, the rotating CBD bar offers guests a luxurious experience complete with amazing views, stunning libations and fine dining in the neighbouring Infinity restaurant.
One of Sydney's best cocktail bars is also one of its most secretive. Nestled away off the beaten track, Old Mate's Place offers visitors the chance to sip on a range of artisanal creations against a backdrop of rich leather furnishings or on the suntrap rooftop terrace.
The Soda Factory is one of Sydney's best hidden bars, found behind the guise of Bobby's Boss Dogs. Don't be fooled though, as this place carries on the American diner vibe, with neon-covered walls and a menu of classic diner dishes alongside boozy soda floats.
Saga Bar is a dreamy date night haunt, bringing together globally-inspired cocktails with tropical decor that has serious Indiana Jones vibes. Alongside its staple menu items, the Surry Hills spot promises a weekly rotation of new concoctions, so you'll never have the same experience twice.