Burrow Bar

Bars, Cocktail bars Sydney
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We're thinking they named this inner city hideaway for its proportions

It takes a certain mindset to see the potential for a cosy little bar in an awkward, narrow room off a city laneway, but luckily for us the team at Burrow Bar were able to look past the fluorescent lights and corporate Gyprock walls and imagine something better.

They have transformed what looked like a standard office foyer into a bar you’ll want to make your regular, especially if you work in the CBD. Turns out behind the blank white walls there was beautiful Sydney sandstone waiting to be unearthed, to which they’ve added the warm glow of miners lights, a polished concrete floor and some hard-core sound insulation so you can comfortably chat.

They’ve kept things pared back and simple in this narrow burrow; little native floral bunches adorn the tables, there’s a few club lounges up the back and they’ve wound fake vines around some of the exposed beams and struts. What it all adds up to is the kind of bar you can visit in any mood. Want a quiet drink with a beleaguered colleague? These guys are barrel-aging tall, strong Negronis as an emotional salve. Keen to meet the crew and loosen the collar? That’s when you want something that isn’t taking itself too seriously. Take the Never go the Full Tiki, for example. They’ve taken a Sazerac, whitened the rum and added a Chartreuse rinse, a pineapple and cardamom shrub and orange bitters, and what arrives is essentially a tiki drink wearing an invisibility cloak. It tastes fruity and tropical but is almost clear, like those Archers RTDs that were so popular in the early thousands.

We are powerless to resist those super salty little crunchy corn kernels that they’re selling here for a cheeky three-bucks a pop, but if you’re planning on making dinner out of bar food you might want to take a run at the Reuben sandwich made from bread, corned beef and sauerkraut all of which they make in house. The other substantial eats are rillettes and a 1kg rump cap, which is a fairly random collection of menu items, and for vegetarians you can have all the rillettes accompaniments (pickles, cheese, bread etc) with no meat.

This place is tricky to find – you need to hook down into a loading alley way off George Street and look for the door marked with a B – which probably explains it’s DIY neighbourhood vibe. It’s not crazy busy, the staff are very chatty and it’s a poser-free zone, so if you’ve been looking for a low-key haunt in the CBD, this is a good place to cool your heels.

By: Emily Lloyd-Tait


Venue name: Burrow Bar
Address: De Mestre Place
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 4pm-midnight

Average User Rating

5 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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Daniel G

Great little bar which is very chilled out, friendly and top notch. The drinks are some of the best I've ever had and the staff are amazing. Tell everyone - or don't, because I love being able to get into this place anytime without having to wade through crowds of hipsters.


Best cocktails and amazing team! Will always make you feel welcome!

Hien G

Love this cocktail bar!!! Great place to hangout. So close to Wynyard Train Station.

Kitty T

This is a hidden gem.

It’s a wonderful place that you could meet up with friends and still hear each other talk, have a few cocktails and just relax.

I’m addicted to this place. The friendliness and happy vibe is contagious.

Friday nights are busy. But the venue is very accommodating for functions any time. I’ve organised a few farewells and birthdays here with great success.

Phuong T

This place is amazing.

Amazing people. Fantastic cocktails. Delicious food. Great atmosphere.

The 3 star rating is a little unjust. This place definitely deserves 5 stars!