10 of the Coolest Bars to Try in Sydney

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Sydney has so much more to offer than stunning beaches, famous landmarks and beautiful parks; it’s also filled with amazing spots to have fun and enjoy a few drinks. From hotels and small bars in the CBD to inner city gems, this guide will help you navigate Sydney’s nightlife and find the coolest bars in the city and surrounding suburbs.

1. The Baxter Inn

152-156 Clarence St, Sydney

In the mood for whisky? The Baxter Inn should be your first choice. Think a backlit wall filled with whisky bottles from all over the world, only accessible by a scrolling library ladder. This trendy, underground bar has an undeniable charm of its own, and it’s not easy to find – hidden between old loading docks in Clarence Street. Head to The Baxter Inn for a good time and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to marvel at the most incredible whiskey collection Sydney has to offer.

2. Della Hyde

34 Oxford St, Darlinghurst

If you’d like to spend a night sipping on sophisticated cocktails and feeling like you’ve gone back in time, head to Della Hyde. Located in Darlinghurst and owned by Applejack Hospitality (the company responsible for Sydney classics such as The Butler & The Botanist), Della Hyde is a stunning recreation of Sydney’s old hotels and bars, and draws inspiration from Wes Anderson movies. The cocktails are marvellous and elegant, and are influenced by European and North African flavours.

3. Smoke Bar

Level 2/35 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo

It seems like the modern, waterfront, cutting-edge suburb of Barangaroo came to be in about five seconds – but hey, we’re not complaining! It’s truly an epic place to grab a drink and hang out. If you’re in the area, make sure to head to Smoke Bar, a trendy third-floor cocktail lounge that offers harbour vistas. You won’t be disappointed.

4. Bulletin Place

Level 1, 10-14 Bulletin Place, Sydney

This classic attic bar is located above a café near Circular Quay. If you’re into fruity cocktails then you’ll love Bulletin Place as they offer an incredible seasonal cocktail menu. Bulletin Place surely gives the high-end and popular tourist location of Circular Quay a homemade touch with its timber stairs and DIY feel – so if you’re up for some different scenery in the area, this is where you need to go.

5. The Duke of Clarence

152/156 Clarence St, Sydney

If you’re after a true English drinking experience Down Under, head to The Duke of Clarence. Some British folks seem to think the pubs and restaurants in Sydney are not old or cosy enough, so one of them decided to do something about it and open up a very British pub in the city, with a very British name to go with it!

6. Stitch Bar

61 York St, Sydney

Another CBD basement bar, and another fun-filled night out! Stitch Bar has a quirky vibe that’s bound to keep you there the whole night, enjoying drinks and engaging in good conversation. Don’t be discouraged if the place is hard to find (it’ll probably be difficult to find the first time around) – it’s totally worth it!

7. Shirt Bar

Scotch Row, Barangaroo

There’s a place where you can clothes-shop while having fine Scotch at the same time? Sign us up! While for some people going shopping is almost therapeutic, for others it can be torture. If you’re part of the latter group, fear no more. At Shirt Bar you can have a sip of your favourite drink as you go off into the fitting room. Just remember – the more you drink, the more you shop.

8. Grasshopper Eating House and Bar

1 Temperance Ln, Sydney

The Grasshopper is an environmentally-friendly haven located in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the city. While well-known for their extensive cocktail list and mouth-watering bar menu, you can also expect to see second-hand furniture, organic foods and wines, and a recycle-focused establishment.

9. Assembly Bar

488 Kent St, Sydney

Tucked away in a basement off Kent Street near Town Hall Station, Assembly Bar could fit into the small bar movement, but in a whole other league. Head there to find delectable share plates, such as fries with cheese and truffle sauce, and an extensive range of cocktails.

10. The Barber Shop

89 York St, Sydney

Things aren’t always what they seem, are they? If you see a barber shop, would you imagine there’s a party going on in the back? Probably not – until you’ve been to The Barber Shop, of course. Head to The Barber Shop for an experience like no other, with delicious and innovative cocktails, and perhaps a little bit of grooming.

Experience the best bars Sydney has to offer

Sydney has so much to offer when it comes to nightlife. And as a traveller, you owe it to yourself to discover and experience as many new things as you can! So make sure you don’t leave this city until you’ve checked out some of these incredibly cool bars.

If you’re heading to Sydney to try out some of these bars, be sure to contact Maze Backpackers for accommodation.