Thanks for subscribing! Look out for your first newsletter in your inbox soon! He up! March Well, thankfully, is finally behind us and so are those stupid lockout laws. Some launched home-delivery services, some opened bootleg bottle shops, others hosted masterclasses via Zoom and expanded their capacity substantially with the advent of outdoor seating. Heck, a clutch of new establishments somehow managed to swing the doors open for the very first time. Things might feel more normal than they have in months right now, but it will take time for the hospitality industry to recover.
Your locals, your favourites and the places you haven't quite gotten around to ticking off your list just yet need your support more than ever. Get out there — and when you do, be sure not only to treat the staff with kindness and respect, but also to accept whatever regulations and restrictions with patience and understanding.
Things continue to evolve at a rapid pace, and a casual sidney food drinks talk we make every effort to ensure the details below are correct, we encourage you to contact venues directly or check social media s before popping in for the most up-to-date info. The bottom line, however, is still the same: if it's on this list, we think it's a winner — and we hope that you do, too. This is the Time Out DRINK list, our picks for the best bars in Sydney right now, from fresh faces to tried-and-tested temples of great booze, ranked by our local editors.
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Why we love it: Ever tried a Breakfast Negroni infused with actual banana bread? A whimsical take on Irish coffee that toys with different temperatures?
Or a Rye Whisky Sour spiked with sage and sweet potato? You taste something unthinkable each and every time you visit PS40, and regardless of how crazy your drink sounds, it always works. Time Out tip: Book a seat for the recently launched Takeover Tuesdays, when big-name local chefs plate up set menus with cocktails to match.
The place for produce-driven cocktails at the very height of their creativity. The international accolades just keep piling up.
Why we love it: Yes, the premise is totally ridiculous, but it absolutely works because squeezing into a booth, ordering a Stinger or a A casual sidney food drinks talk Russian and belting out Boogie Nights -era classics is the definition of a Very Good Time. Time Out tip: Get in early, wait times can still be a thing. No matter the hour, the mood is always right the moment you descend the winding staircase, lean into a Chesterfield and leaf through the odd rums.
A Sydney institution, aka ground zero for whisky and fresh apple juice, taxidermy, shelled peanuts and endless Country Western hits. Why we love it: Shady a casual sidney food drinks talk the ante in a big way when the lights switched on for the first time just over a decade! Its appeal and importance have not waned. Why we love it: Setting foot in this Australia Street institution is like stepping back in time, to the backstreets of Lisbon or Madrid. Time Out tip: A casual sidney food drinks talk about the world of vermouth or amaro?
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A pokey nook named after the voodoo spirit of lust and laughter, in what was once a garage at the end of a cobblestone lane. Time Out tip: Thumbs up for the wicked absinthe list, sell-out comedy nights and the fact that you can bring your pooch. A raucous and fully realised Tiki bar on Enmore Road that playfully a casual sidney food drinks talk to Twin Peaksof all things.
Cut-above cocktails in a a casual sidney food drinks talk, dark and narrow sliver of Potts Point. The staff know the specs to just about a casual sidney food drinks talk mixed drink in the book, and the spiffy yet comfortable setting makes you want to stay awhile. Time Out tip: The food is far better than it needs to be especially the burgerso drinks may well turn into dinner.
Why we love it: No other establishment on this round-up backs up its enormous whisky stockpile with a backdrop like this — a labyrinth of crannies and courtyards sited below a heritage-listed sandstone beauty. Time Out tip: Whisky flights take you to the Highlands, Lowlands and everywhere in between, even as far as India and Taiwan. Why we love it: Contagious excitement was palpable the minute Victorian gin giant Four Pillars announced it was opening a microdistillery and bar up north — and the end result does not disappoint.
Time Out tip: For the full-blown experience, reserve a spot for a masterclass and exit through the gift shop. A sprawling CBD basement with the promise of good pizza, pinball, a casual sidney food drinks talk beers, live bands and a very late licence. The tried and tested Surry Hills go-to for tequila-powered thrills. Time Out tip: Cocktail prices hit rock bottom between pm each and every day the doors are open. And you can now soak up an extra round thanks to the newly expanded food offering.
Why we love it: There are plenty of underground bars hiding under office buildings in the postcode, but none quite like the Tav, which lives up to its name thanks to the urge it stirs to make a little mischief. The small bar Chinatown deserves, backed by a bankruptcy-inducing whisky collection and bang-on snacks. Why we love it: Getting your hands on something decent to drink around Haymarket is no longer impossible thanks to Bancho.
The catalogue of A casual sidney food drinks talk whisky, as well as rare and independent bottlings, is hard to ignore, but a Shochu Highball topped up with Calpis and a couple of soft-shell crab bao will also cure whatever ails you.
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Easy, refreshing drinks made with new-wave Australian spirits and native ingredients; wallet-friendly snacks that go hard on seasonal produce, and a lively crew of young things that make you feel like a regular after the a casual sidney food drinks talk round.
Why we love it: Sometimes a night on the tiles calls for a bit of old-fashioned luxury: extra-stiff classic cocktails in glimmering glassware, white tablecloths, table lamps, waistcoated waitstaff and wines poured from magnum. Time Out tip: A casual sidney food drinks talk Paris Meridian is a must-order riff on the immortal French 75 — and probably the finest Champagne cocktail in town.
Why we love it: Monopole 2. Thankfully, the spectacular wine selection, a casual sidney food drinks talk hospitality and first-rate work in the kitchen have not been lost in transit. Time Out tip: Take an early mark — happy hour Wed-Fri, Why we love it: Stereogamous spinning tunes, kooky decor, drag shows and that permanently parked van in the courtyard where you can kiki all night — these are just some of the reasons why the Tit remains an eternal favourite. A two-storey stalwart hiding in plain sight on Campbell Street, with no shortage of Irish spirit.
Why we love it: A big burst of craic hits you the moment the giant door swings open and you stumble into this Surry Hills stayer. Time Out tip: Keep your eyes peeled for trivia nights, as well as whiskey and art sessions. A not-so-secret but extremely well-hidden underground drinkery, entirely detached from the outside world. Time Out tip: Looking to host a boozy shindig at home?
Time Out tip: The tarot readings are pricey but legit, and they come with a cocktail. Turns out fortune favours the bold — and the thirsty. Natural wine meets striking de in a lavishly restored Glebe terrace.
Wine lists this sharp are seldom so affordable, especially in such luxuriously appointed confines. Why we love it: Even the most jaded among us would be wowed by the degree views from the top of Sydney Tower. Why we love it: Fancy a Scotch Old Fashioned with lemongrass and umeshu? Much like the restaurant upstairs, cocktails here take seasonality seriously and tinker with flavours the way a chef might.
And speaking of chefs, Danielle Alvarez oversees the bar food menu, so consider it another way to experience her Midas touch at a fraction of what it costs on the ground floor. Time Out tip: The wood-fired flatbread stands toe-to-toe with any proper pizzeria you can think of. Home base for the much loved Grifter Brewing Co, in an old Marrickville laundromat warehouse.
Why we love it: Taprooms are pretty much a dime a dozen in the Inner West these days, but this one ticks all the right a casual sidney food drinks talk peppy staff, a pool table, food trucks on weekends and just about the best pale ale money can buy. Time Out tip: Beer merch does not get much better than the hats, tees and stubby coolers for sale. Picture an 18th-century London a casual sidney food drinks talk smack bang in the core of the CBD, and there you have it. And while it might look and feel like a pub, there are cocktail smarts aplenty here, too.
Time Out tip: Those roasts have a tendency to sell out, so booking is highly recommended. Why we love it: No two ways about it — the slim, long table in the middle of this barely lit corridor has always been and continues to be a Holy Grail site for wine drinking. Time Out tip: The good folk here will open anything yes, anything! The famed Chippo nightspot reimagined as a cool and casual spot to get watered and fed in Taylor Square.
These are the operators you want in control of a spot like this. Time Out tip: The t is jumping more often than not, so bookings are a wise move. Arguably the most elaborately hidden bar around, on the other side of a s deli fridge door, down a spiral staircase just off the Corso in Manly. Why we love it: Sandstone, marble, flickering candles, fluted glass, scalloped banquettes, turn-of-the-century copper beer taps — no expense has been spared here. The most awarded distillery Down Under, with a very handsome bar attached.
Give it a crack. Bells-and-whistles bartending with more than a hint of Old Hollywood glamour, 26 storeys above the hustle and bustle of Parramatta. Why we love it: This just might be the rooftop bar that trumps them all, boasting degree panoramas that stretch from the Blue Mountains to the Harbour Bridge.
The intricate, technique-heavy cocktails and baller Champagne line-up are every bit as memorable. Time Out tip: Get there on a clear day to capitalise on crystal clear views, and try to snag the swing for two on the terrace for an extra cute couple snapshot. A newish saloon-style dive across from the Enmore Theatre, captained by two loveable industry veterans. Why we love it: Co-owners Jason Crawley and Dylan Howarth sweat the small stuff: swivelly vinyl stools, frosty beer mugs, carefully concocted cocktails, witty banter and a sing-along swamp rock soundtrack to match. The long list of refreshers showcases the very best of Australian booze, and the plant-based fare punches well above its weight.
One part whisky specialist, one part Ginza-inspired small bar and one part yakitori-ya in a nondescript Surry Hills lane.