The Best Bars in Sydney
Sydney was the first place I ever got to experience going out to a bar, i’ll never forget not knowing where to go but wanting to go only to the best places. Nowadays I get to rediscover finding the best bars in Sydney every year I visit. The city is always changing, growing, creating something new but still enjoying the classic bars I have always loved. This will be the best of 2019 as I know something amazing is just waiting around the corner and I look forward to going back to these places and seeing what else is in store.
Lets start in the heart of Sydney at the Opera Bar that I have been going to since I was 18, it is a place all locals love to visit time and time again. Nothing beats sitting on the edge of Sydney Harbour while enjoying the live local bands playing in the background, the sounds of every one laughing while sipping your favourite drink watching Sydney live a life on the harbour. Either during the day, dusk or night it is a highlight and a wonderful place to enjoy. I go back every year I go home.
Sydney Opera House, Lower Concourse Level, Sydney, 2000
One of my new finds this year was Hacienda Sydney, not only is the bar so visually aesthetic but it host stunning views of Circular Quay, a great atmosphere and yummy cocktails. Open from midday to late making it perfect to enjoy any part of the day. It is a great chill out spot to enjoy the best of Sydney.
Level 3, 61 Macquarie Street, Sydney 2000
The Argyle has been a favourite for many years, located in the heart of The Rocks in one of the oldest storage buildings it showcases the beautiful preservation of the old and a mixture with modern edge. Over 2 levels you get to explore this beautiful building by lounging, eating, dancing and enjoying a drink it is one of the highlights to experience in Sydney at any hour as it is open from 11am to late.
18 Argyle Street, Sydney 2000
Grain is a cosy bar at the end of George Street next to The Rocks it is part of the Four Seasons Hotel. It has a warm atmosphere with a unique selection of cocktails and a long list of Australian Wine and Craft Beers. It is the perfect place to wind down after an eventful day in Sydney and watch the city go pass. It is open from 2pm to late every day
199 George Street, Sydney 2000
The Baxter Inn
The Baxter Inn is another long time favourite of mine, it is actually the first speakeasy I ever went to. The Baxter Inn is hidden just off Clarence Street in a courtyard filled with some great places to chill out at. The Baxter Inn is located underground in a room filled with a cool atmosphere from brick archways lit with candles, jazzy music but the highlight is the wall behind the bar with it filled to the ceiling full of bottles all back dropped with a glowing light. The bartenders are often having to climb up a ladder to reach what they need. It is open Monday to Saturday from 4pm to 1am, you will want nothing more than to wear your favourite flapper dress.
Basement 152 - 156 Clarence Street, Sydney, 2000
Old Mate’s Place
Up and up many many stairs is Old Mate’s Place. It is on 2 levels with the main bar being a cosy atmosphere with plants and books everywhere (it is inspiration for a future room in my house). It is a bar that has the best of all worlds; being a local spot, a cosy & lively bar and a roof top bar that looks up at Centre Point Tower. It is such a popular spot so if you really want to experience this bar you’ll have to treat yourself to get there around 5pm or as soon as you finish work. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday with a variety of hours so have a look at the website for all the opening times.
Level 4, 199 Clarence Street, Sydney, 2000
The Lobo Plantation
The Lobo Plantation is my mate’s favourite bar in Sydney so I was honoured to get to experience this wicked bar. It is cool as you walk underground into what seems like a Bar James Bond would have visited in the 1960s in the Caribbean. It has such a large variety of delicious cocktails that can include a rubber ducky and dinosaur (I have both) while you nibble on dried bananas. I can see why it is her favourite bar in Sydney, it has become one of mine too. It is open Monday to Saturday from 4pm - 1am.
Basement, 209 Clarence Street, Sydney 2000
There are so many amazing places to drink at in Sydney and I long forward to discovering more next time I am there. I hope this is a chance for you to tick off wicked bars in Sydney that should be on your list and enjoy the best of what Sydney has on offer.