BARS

Where Sydney - - The Guide -

THE AR­GYLE

This din­ing and nightlife des­ti­na­tion is lo­cated in the his­toric Rocks precinct. Housed in the 1820s Ar­gyle Stores build­ing, The Ar­gyle fea­tures six bars over two lev­els. With a huge pro­gram of events, in­clud­ing live mu­sic, DJS, spe­cial food of­fers and more, there’s al­ways some­thing hap­pen­ing at The Ar­gyle. 18 Ar­gyle Street, The Rocks. thear­gyle­rocks.com

ART­HOUSE HO­TEL

With its or­nate fur­ni­ture and rich art­work, this re­fur­bished 1836 School of Arts build­ing is one of the city’s most in­spi­ra­tional venues. The venue fea­tures four sep­a­rate bars, var­i­ous art ex­hi­bi­tions, bur­lesque and cabaret nights, life draw­ing as well as DJS and club nights. From the At­tic Bar, to the mod­ern Verge Bar and Graf­fiti’s or­nate art deco stylings, there is some­thing and some­where for ev­ery­one to en­joy. 275 Pitt Street, Syd­ney. 9284 1200. art­house­ho­tel.com.au

THE AUS­TRALIAN

The iconic Aus­tralian Her­itage Ho­tel is lo­cated in The Rocks. This is a beer lover’s par­adise as it of­fers more than 120 Aus­tralian craft beers, with 20 ro­tat­ing Aus­tralian beers on tap. Re­lax amongst lo­cals and try one of their fa­mous gourmet piz­zas like the “Coat of Arms” (half-emu and half-kan­ga­roo) or “The Aus­tralian” (croc­o­dile and veg­eta­bles). 100 Cum­ber­land Street, The Rocks. 9247 2229. aus­tralian­her­itage­ho­tel.com

BLU BAR ON 36

For an in­cred­i­ble panoramic view of Syd­ney, head up 36 lev­els of the Shangri-la Ho­tel to Blu Bar on 36. For a ro­man­tic date high in the sky, or sim­ply a spe­cial evening to re­mem­ber, you’ll find great ser­vice, a cock­tail list from their world­cham­pion mixol­o­gists and a divine bar food menu, all with the most in­sanely beau­ti­ful city view cap­tur­ing the sparkling har­bour, the Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge and the Syd­ney Opera House. Level 36, Shangri-la Ho­tel, 176 Cum­ber­land Street, The Rocks. 9250 6000. 36lev­elsabove.com.au

BUT­TON BAR

Lo­cated in in­ner-city Surry Hills, you’ll find the pi­ratein­spired But­ton Bar. You are guar­an­teed a good time here, with sin­ga­longs and cock­tails like the “The Good, The Bad, The Ugly” and “Sneaky Tiki Time”. 65 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills. house­of­pocket.com.au/ bars/but­ton-bar-surry-hills/ venue-de­tails/

CRUISE BAR

Amidst all the hus­tle and bus­tle of Cir­cu­lar Quay at the Over­seas Pas­sen­ger Ter­mi­nal, you’ll find Cruise Bar. With iconic har­bour­side views across to the Syd­ney Opera House, and a re­lax­ing vibe, Cruise is the per­fect pit stop on your trav­els. The ground floor bar is full of buzz and good vibes, while up­stairs Junk Lounge of­fers an Asian in­spired food and drink jour­ney. Level 1, 2 and 3, Cir­cu­lar Quay West, Syd­ney. 9251 1188. cruise­bar.com.au

GAZEBO

In the back streets of Potts Point, you’ll find Gazebo. Lounge in the court­yard or dine from their de­li­cious Ital­ian menu. From the cock­tail list, try the Limon­cello Spritz, it will trans­port you straight to the Amalfi Coast. 2 El­iz­a­beth Bay Road, El­iz­a­beth Bay. 0419 496 011. gaze­boeliz­a­beth­bay.com.au

GIN LANE

Head to Chip­pen­dale’s Kens­ing­ton Street and you’ll dis­cover the fan­tas­tic small bar, Gin Lane. It is housed in an 18th Cen­tury ter­race house, and is based on a 17th Cen­tury Gin Palace. This unique bar serves over 80 dif­fer­ent gins and a wide se­lec­tion of whisky and scotch too. Try the “Wa­ter­ing Can” cock­tail with gin, Pimms, soda, gin­ger ale and fresh fruit—it’s de­li­cious! Kens­ing­ton Street, Chip­pen­dale. gin­lanesyd­ney.com.au

THE GLEN­MORE

The renowned Glen­more is al­ways pop­u­lar, and with a rooftop like theirs, it’s easy to see why. They have a tra­di­tional ‘pub­lic bar’ on the ground floor with a his­toric feel, a cock­tail bar and din­ing rooms on the first floor, and the now iconic Rooftop Bar on the top floor. With 180-de­gree views of Syd­ney Har­bour you can soak up the sun in

the day, and re­lax by the glit­ter­ing lights of the city at night. 96 Cum­ber­land Street, The Rocks. 9247 4794. the­glen­more.com.au

GRAIN

The Four Sea­sons Ho­tel Syd­ney takes ho­tel bars to the next level with their re­fined ground floor bar, Grain. Cel­e­brate the fine craft of drink­ing with an ex­ten­sive menu of bou­tique beers, care­ful­ly­crafted cock­tails and one of Aus­tralia’s largest whisky selec­tions. There’s bar food to share, from cheese plat­ters and char­cu­terie boards to main meals and de­li­cious desserts. Lobby Level, Four Sea­sons Ho­tel Syd­ney, 199 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. 9250 3118. grain­bar.com.au

HA­CIENDA SYD­NEY

With ex­otic har­bour views, Ha­cienda Syd­ney is per­fectly placed for an af­ter­noon cock­tail or two. With its cool plan­ta­tion vibe and pas­tel colour pal­ette you’ll be at ease. Choose from their rum-in­spired cock­tails or feast on the share menu. Level 3, 61 Mac­quarie Street, Syd­ney. 9256 4083. ha­cien­dasyd­ney.com.au

HAR­BOUR VIEW HO­TEL

The views don’t get much more iconic than at the Har­bour View Ho­tel— the name says it all re­ally! It is lo­cated in The Rocks un­der the south­ern end of the Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge. The first Har­bour View Ho­tel was built in 1843 and de­mol­ished to make way for the bridge to be built—it was orig­i­nally lo­cated where the gran­ite py­lons now stand. Head up to the rooftop cock­tail bar or dine at the restau­rant, it doesn’t get much bet­ter than this! 18 Lower Fort Street, Dawes Point. 9252 4111. har­bourview.com.au

HENRY DEANE

Lo­cated at the top of Ho­tel Pal­isade, Henry Deane is a so­phis­ti­cated bar spread across two floors, with exquisite views over Barangaroo and the har­bour. Their gor­geous cock­tail lounge will have you grin­ning with a menu full of ex­otic op­tions in­clud­ing the ‘No way Frose’ and ‘Sunkissed Spritz’. Pair th­ese with food choices from their menu in­clud­ing oys­ters, seafood and desserts. Ho­tel Pal­isade, 35 Bet­ting­ton Street, Millers Point. 9018 0123. hotel­pal­isade.com

IN­TER­CON­TI­NEN­TAL SYD­NEY DOU­BLE BAY ROOFTOP

Lo­cated on the top floor of the five-star In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal Syd­ney Dou­ble Bay, the Rooftop Bar and Lounge is a par­adise over­look­ing both leafy Dou­ble Bay and shim­mer­ing Syd­ney Har­bour. En­joy the panoramic Syd­ney views, a clas­sic blue-and-white striped sun lounge, or your own pri­vate ca­bana, where you can or­der ca­bana pack­age meals in­clud­ing a fresh seafood se­lec­tion. 33 Cross Street, Dou­ble Bay. Open Oct–apr (closed to the pub­lic May–sep). 8388 8388. ic­syd­ney­dou­ble­bay.com

IVY

ivy is a lead­ing din­ing, en­ter­tain­ment and re­tail des­ti­na­tion in the heart of Syd­ney’s CBD. It is home to award-win­ning res­tau­rants, their fa­mous rooftop pool bar and nu­mer­ous event spa­ces. ivy venues in­clude Pool Club, Ash St. Cel­lar, Pal­ings, Felix, The Royal Ge­orge and Uc­cello. ivy’s world-class de­sign, im­pec­ca­ble ser­vice and great food en­sure that you’ll have a mem­o­rable night out. 330 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. 9240 3000. merivale.com.au

LEVEL SEVEN

Level Seven is a New Yorkin­spired rooftop bar at the her­itage Primus Ho­tel. Fea­tur­ing lush green ar­eas, nau­ti­cal ca­banas and twin­kling fairy lights, it is a stylish des­ti­na­tion, where you can sit back and en­joy cham­pagne, oys­ters and house-crafted cock­tails. 339 Pitt Street, Syd­ney. Open Sep–apr (closed to the pub­lic May–aug). 8027 8000. primusho­tel­syd­ney.com

MAR­BLE BAR

The gor­geous Mar­ble Bar at Hil­ton Syd­ney was built in 1892 and re­stored in 2005. To­day it is a lively un­der­ground bar and live mu­sic venue, with live mu­sic from 7pm ev­ery Thurs­day to Sun­day. Try a drink from their pro­hi­bi­tion-in­spired menu. Level B1, Hil­ton Syd­ney, 488 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. 9266 2000. mar­ble­barsyd­ney.com.au

MU­NICH BRAUHAUS

It’s Ok­to­ber­fest all year round at this Bavar­i­anstyle bar in the heart of The Rocks. En­joy their pre­mium im­ported Bavar­ian beers and de­li­cious Ger­man menu which in­cludes all things pork, in­clud­ing schnitzels, sausages, pork belly and their fa­mous crispy pork knuckle. All th­ese Bavar­ian treats are served to you in a tra­di­tional bier hall at­mos­phere with staff dressed in tra­di­tional cos­tumes too! Cnr Play­fair and Ar­gyle Streets, The Rocks. 9247 7785. mu­nich­brauhaus.com

NOLA SMOKE­HOUSE & BAR

Nola is a cel­e­bra­tion of all things New Or­leans. Fa­mous for their South­ern BBQ menu, head to the bar and try a Saz­erac cock­tail, or per­haps you are game for one of their spe­cial Whiskey Flights. Level 1, In­ter­na­tional Tower 1, 100 Barangaroo Av­enue, Barangaroo South. 9188 3039. no­lasyd­ney.com

OPERA BAR

Per­haps Syd­ney’s most fa­mous out­door bar, Opera Bar is a must-do on any visit to Syd­ney. Perched in the shad­ows of the iconic Syd­ney Opera House, it is lo­cated on the Lower Con­course and pro­vides epic pic­ture-post­card views of the city, har­bour sur­rounds and Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge. Sit back and bask in the city’s glow with a cock­tail in hand, and feast on bar snacks, sal­ads, de­li­cious mains, meat and cheese plat­ters, or freshly shucked oys­ters and seafood. Syd­ney Opera House, Lower Con­course, Ben­ne­long Point, Syd­ney. 9247 1666. op­er­abar.com.au

PALMER & CO

Step back in time to a pro­hi­bi­tion-era bar at Palmer & Co. Hid­den down a laneway, this base­ment speakeasy is the place to go for classy cock­tails like the ‘El Pres­i­dente’ or ‘The Capone’. Be sure to check out the stylish staff decked out in 1920s-style fash­ion. Aber­crom­bie Lane, Syd­ney. 9114 7315. merivale. com.au/palmerandco

POCKET BAR

As its name sug­gests, Pocket Bar is a small bar lo­cated in the back streets of Dar­linghurst. The in­ti­mate venue serves up

bar food like cheese and meat plat­ters, and de­li­cious po­lenta truf­fle fries. 13 Bur­ton Street, Dar­linghurst. 9380 7002. house­of­pocket.com. au/bars/pocket-bar­dar­linghurst/venue-de­tails/

PS40

Lauded as one of Syd­ney’s best bars, PS40 is well-known for mak­ing their own so­das with nat­u­ral, lo­cal and na­tive ingredients. Try one of their spe­cialised cock­tails at their very own small bar in the heart of the city. Shop 2, 40 King Street, Syd­ney. ps-soda.com

SINCE I LEFT YOU

This lo­cal small bar is hid­den away in Syd­ney’s CBD, and is ex­actly the kind of place you imag­ine a bar to be if it is named after an Avalanches song. It’s cool and quirky, friendly with live mu­sic, and street art adorn­ing the walls. Try the yummy bar food and the freshly shaken cock­tails. 338 Kent Street, Syd­ney. 9262 4986. sin­ceileft­you.com.au

STITCH BAR

En­ter through the faux seam­stress shop and you’ll find Stitch Bar hid­den down some stairs. Try the Amer­i­can diner menu, think hot dogs and tacos, while sip­ping on some cu­ri­ously named cock­tails like “That one time at band camp”. 61 York Street, Syd­ney. 9279 0380. house­of­pocket. com.au/bars/stitch-barsyd­ney-cbd/venue-de­tails/

SMOKE ROOFTOP BAR

Lo­cated atop Syd­ney hotspot, Barangaroo House, you’ll find Smoke Rooftop Bar. It’s the place to head to watch the sun­set, cock­tail in hand. Match your drinks with a bar menu of de­lec­ta­ble snacks, in­clud­ing brisket dough­nuts and their fa­mous sea urchin and or­ange jam toastie. 35 Barangaroo Av­enue, Syd­ney. 8587 5400. baranga­roohouse.com.au

ZE­PHYR SKY BAR

Over­look­ing Dar­ling Har­bour and Barangaroo, the Hy­att Re­gency’s Ze­phyr Sky Bar is a unique rooftop des­ti­na­tion. It is known for its cut­ting-edge “lev­i­tat­ing” drinks pre­sen­ta­tion, where sea­son­ally-in­spired cre­ations are served di­rectly to your ta­ble in a smok­ing lev­i­tat­ing glass. Cus­tom ver­mouth-in­spired cock­tails, vin­tage rums and sig­na­ture drinks such as the Straw­berry Spritz and freshly-pressed Grape­fruit Mar­tini can be paired with mouth­wa­ter­ing snacks. Hy­att Re­gency Syd­ney, Level 12, 161 Sus­sex Street, Syd­ney. 8099 1234. zephyr­barsyd­ney.com

ZETA BAR

Hil­ton Syd­ney’s Zeta Bar is an ex­clu­sive es­cape in the heart of the city. Try their award-win­ning cock­tails, or sam­ple their shar­ing plat­ters, pizza or bar snacks. Level 4, Hil­ton Syd­ney, 488 Ge­orge Street, Syd­ney. 9265 6070. zetabar.com.au

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