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The best cocktail bars in Sydney

The best cocktail bars in Sydney

No one is pretending that cocktails are a cost-effective way to relax or party in Sydney. In a city where a $25 cocktail isn't an uncommon price tag, you really want to know that what's in your glass has been shaken and stirred by the best in the business. Here, Time Our Sydney critics, including Food & Drink Editor Avril Treasure, have put together a list of the best places for cocktails in Sydney that you can always trust to give you an outstanding drink in exchange for your hard-earned. You're welcome.  Want something a bit stiffer? Try one of the the best bars in Sydney. Or still hungry? Try one of Sydney's best cheap eats. Or head up to one of Sydney's best rooftop bars.

The 67 best bars in Sydney right now

The 67 best bars in Sydney right now

Summer 2024 update: The warm weather is here, and we’re ready for a cocktail (or several) to cool us down. Whether you’re heading out on a date, want an after-work tipple, or in for a long session, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to rocking bars in Sydney. Below, you’ll find the very best ones. This list represents our picks of the best bars in Sydney right now, from fresh faces to tried-and-tested temples of great drinks, ranked by our local editors, critics and fellow booze hounds including Time Out Sydney's Food & Drink Editor Avril Treasure. We’re looking for quality above all, with fun, flavour, atmosphere, creativity and options at every price point. Currently, we're obsessed with Sydney's hot new spot, The Caterpillar Club, debauchery den Pleasure Club, killer sake bar Ante, Darlinghurst's newest bar tinged with nostalgia The Waratah, and PS40 for excellent cocktails. Cheers to you, Sydney. After a watering hole that's a bit more casual? See our list of the best pubs in Sydney, here. After a meal? Check out our best restaurants here.

The best bars in Enmore

The best bars in Enmore

Enmore manages to ensure that going out for a drink has all your bases covered, which is a pretty impressive feat considering the size of this little Inner West enclave. Kick off with a Martini at the werid and wonderful Bar Planet, before a cold one at Enmore's first country club. Head to banging Bar Louise for a snack and vino, knock back tropical cocktails at Jacoby's, and finish with a free gig at the Duke. Sound like a good time? You bet is it. Want more? Tick off Time Out's list of the best bars in Sydney

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Ginny's Canoe Club

Ginny's Canoe Club

There’s a new basement bar coming October 26 from the good people behind Old Mate's Place and you’ll want to get in quick because it’s here for a good time, not a long time. The hive-mind behind Ginny’s are industry stalwarts, Dre and Gabrielle Walters, Daniel Noble and Adam Cork. For the last few years they’ve been running the busy Clarence Street rooftop bar, Old Mates Place, and when the basement of the same building became available, they couldn’t resist jumping at the opportunity to add another element of flair to the area. The inspiration is Corks’ mother, Ginny, and her travels throughout South-East Asia so the fitout is a knick-knack collector's paradise of all sorts of odds and ends.  More a casual, street-eatery than rollicking, subterranean bar, you can expect to see an array of internationally inspired tacos on the menu along with possibly the best crab sandwich you’ll ever bite into.  The kitchen is helmed by Joey Astorga (ex Smalls Deli, Cho Cho San) and the wine menu by Charlie Casben from Moya’s Juniper Lounge, who has arranged a short, sharp and punchy array of international and Australian vino. The drinks list has been built by the Old Mate's team and rumour has it that they’ll be getting some very special talent behind the bar to deliver some world class cocktails. Although we’d highly recommend making a booking, they will have some spots available at the bar for walk-ins. The pop-up is running for an extremely limited time, with plans to renovate the space

Bar Planet

Bar Planet

From the industry legends that brought us Sydney institutions Tio’s, Cantina OK and the Cliff Dive comes the next great nocturnal adventure: Bar Planet, a psychedelic Inner West dive-bar re-imagining the world's most divisive cocktail, the Martini. Located smack-bang on gritty, emerging drink and dine strip Enmore Road, Bar Planet illuminates the well trod sidewalk with its signage’s neon blue hue. Inside, bent-up wrought iron light fittings reminiscent of space junk, loom over patrons while they snack on paper bags full of popcorn at the intergalactic themed bar. Worthy of a stint in a gallery, the bar top is designed by terrazzo-wizard and artiste extraordinaire David Humphries. Studded with chunks of onyx, quartz and bright jewel-toned glass, offset with sparkling stars, glow-in-the-dark galaxies and explosive suns; it’s a bonafide showpiece. Upon easing into the bar we were offered a ‘mouthful Martini’ — a martini shot poured from spectacular heights from an impressive Spanish carafe. At once we wonder how we’ve wasted our lives shooting other spirits, while a fellow patron can be heard exclaiming: "That was a romantic explosion in my mouth." Of course we had to try the Bar Planet classic Martini made with Infinite Spirit and garnished with a green olive stuffed with lemon jelly. The Infinite Spirit is a world first. Co-owners Jeremy Blackmore, Daisy Tulley and Alex Dowd worked on this at Marrickville’s Poor Tom’s Distillery. A seasonal gin made with local produce (in thi

Piccolo Bar

Piccolo Bar

Almost 70 years of history as a coffee shop, Piccolo Bar has completed it’s metamorphosis into Sydney’s smallest (and one of it’s coolest) new bars. Not just an allusion to the quick shot of caffeine keeping the locals going for the better part of a century, Piccolo is a tightly-packed step back in time. Piccolo is tucked away on Roslyn street in Potts Point. Along a row of comparatively underwhelming shops and apartment blocks, the warm, red neon lights run across the sidewalk in an inviting manner not normally reserved for businesses in Sydney’s version of little Brooklyn. It’s a refreshing change of pace for the strip and serves to bring together the rich history of the tiny bar with its contemporary new clothes. Seating just twenty people inside and eight outside (until 10pm), there’s every chance you will have to wait for a seat. We recommend you wait for it. You won’t be disappointed.Once you do score your table, you’ll be greeted by owner, David Spanton, who, like Piccolo itself, is friendly and easy going. In a sea of brocentric and uber-cool bars, a welcome at the door of such lovely and unassuming kindness seems like a rarity in this day and age but it’s authentic, cemented by staff who will always remember you by name. Spanton, the industry stalwart who also owns and runs Australian Bartender magazine is quick to take the time to give a tour of the tiny venue and explain any of the hundreds of pictures that take up whatever free space is on the walls. In this small