The Best Backpacker Bars in Sydney


From city to coast, Sydney has a plethora of backpacker-friendly bars. Let’s face it, backpackers are looking for fun but cheap places to go – money is tight but you still want to have fun. Luckily, Sydney is filled to the brim with some of the liveliest pubs, clubs and cocktail bars. They’re buzzy destinations where the crowd is lively, it’s easy on the wallet and the party happens each and every night of the week. 

1. Side Bar

Known as Sydney’s busiest student and backpacker bar, Side Bar has a world of entertainment every night of the week. There’s non-stop action featuring themed events, headline DJs and live entertainment. If you fancy showing off your general knowledge, there are also regular trivia nights so you can get your brain working before you kick back with a nice, cold drink and relax. There’s also some delicious grub on offer, with a drinks happy hour from 4-8pm. 

2. Star Bar

It’s one of the most popular destinations for backpackers in Sydney who are looking for a fun night out, no matter what day of the week it is. Located centrally, not far from Town Hall Train Station, Star Bar has something for everyone, from Thursday night DJs and comedy to pool tables and Free Entry into Studio 1 Nightclub. If you happen to be passing by during the day, there’s a delicious lunch menu on offer which won’t break the bank. 

3. Maloney’s Hotel 

An iconic Sydney pub located in the heart of the CBD, Maloney’s Hotel is known for its heritage, atmosphere and charm. It’s a relaxed and sophisticated venue but still exceptionally backpacker friendly with a DJs, live entertainment and salsa dancing every night from Tuesday to Saturday. 

Maloney’s Hotel is a fascinating place, with a classic, lively Irish feel that is sure to make any guest feel welcome. As an added bonus, Maloney’s Hotel is located next door to Maze Backpackers, so it will really become your ‘local’ while you’re in Sydney. 

4. Coogee Bay Hotel

Overlooking the gorgeous Coogee Beach in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, the Coogee Bay Hotel is not only exceptionally backpacker-friendly, but it’s also seeped in Sydney history, retaining strong elements of historical grandeur. The Beach Bar is open everyday with stunning ocean views, a delicious menu of food and boutique wines to enjoy. 

Whether you want to meet new people, unwind after a busy day touring or just chill out with a glass of wine and mouth-watering food, Coogee Bay Hotel offers it all. There’s also live sport, weekly events and even themed Friday night parties. 

5. Cargo Bar

Hanging out in Darling Harbour? Head to Cargo Bar. Newly-renovated, Cargo Bar evokes strong New York vibes, with cocktails, dancing and good times on offer. From Monday to Friday there’s 5-7pm happy hour so you can stumble right from your touring into the bar for a well-deserved drink. And then later, as the sun goes down, the bar turns into a party hotspot with killer music and plenty of new faces to meet. There’s also a street-style menu on offer full of quick bites to enjoy. 

6. Opera Bar

Looking for one of the best views in Sydney? Look no further than Opera Bar. In fact, Opera Bar is one of Sydney’s most iconic harbourfront venues, situated on the banks of its namesake, the famous Sydney Opera House. It’s often described as the ‘best beer garden in the world’ with sweeping views of Circular Quay, the Harbour Bridge and of course, the Harbour itself. The great thing about Opera Bar is that you can visit at any time of day to enjoy the views, some good food and some delicious cocktails. 

While it may not be 100% budget-friendly, sitting on the shores of the Harbour enjoying some oysters and wine is an experience not to be missed. As the sun starts to set, enjoy the light flickering over Sydney Harbour and see the venue come alive, as city workers flock to the tables to enjoy some after-work drinks and Opera House patrons sit down for a feast before their show begins. 

Bars in Sydney

Whether it’s the coast, the inner city or the shores of the Harbour, Sydney is famous for its nightlife, specifically catering to visiting backpackers with options for fancy, budget-friendly, fun and lively everywhere you look. Whether it’s a chilled night with a cocktail in hand, or whether you’re after the opportunity to stomp your way over the dancefloor, there’ll be a backpacker-friendly bar for every night of the week. 

Looking for cheap accommodation in Sydney? Want to stay in the heart of Sydney, close to all the different bars, pubs and clubs? Maze Backpackers offers affordable accommodation in the Sydney CBD, with lots of freebies and easy airport access. Contact us today and book now.