Sydney hotel bar guide

Discover outstanding hotel bars, their bartenders and their twists on classic cocktails

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The art of cocktail making came of age at the Savoy Hotel in London in the early 20th century, and hotel bars around the world remain temples to the art of mixing drinks.

It’s in that spirit that gun bartenders from five Sydney hotels competed on Monday, July 2 in Time Out’s second Hotel Bars Cocktail Competition.

The shake-and-stir-off saw elite cocktail-makers reinventing classic drinks for the judges at Zeta Bar, Hilton Sydney. The winner of the competition was Behzad Nvaziri from Sokyo Lounge, with his cocktail ‘Thyme Out’.

All five original cocktails will be available on each bar’s menu until July 31. Be sure to drop into these bars this month to experience the atmosphere and refined tastes of Sydney’s top hotel bars.

Video: Nigel Kippers

Sokyo Lounge, The Star

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Discover Sokyo Lounge

High class cocktails and what might be Sydney's best sushi make for a hard act to top

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
Meet Behzad Nvaziri
Bars

Meet Behzad Nvaziri

Nvaziri earned top honours at the Time Out Hotel Bars Cocktail Competition with his twist on an Old Fashioned

Hacienda, Pullman Hotel

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Discover Hacienda

Down by the Quay, this is one of the top contenders for the title of Sydney’s most beautiful bar

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
1 out of 5 stars
Meet Kevin Londero
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Meet Kevin Londero

You’ll find this Hacienda bartender beaming every evening, feeling right at home behind the bar

Zeta Bar, Hilton Hotel

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Discover Zeta Bar

This smart, slick cocktail sanctuary in the heart of the city is the ideal spot to decompress in style after a long day

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Meet Christian Comparone
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Meet Christian Comparone

The bar manager at Zeta Bar is the mixing mind behind some of the city’s most colourful cocktails

Zephyr Sky Bar, Hyatt Regency

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Discover Zephyr Sky Bar

This rooftop sanctuary is the darling of the harbour, with its vintage vermouths and rums sourced from across the world

Users say
3 out of 5 stars
Meet Hemant Kumar
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Meet Hemant Kumar

Zephyr’s enthusiastic bartender is bringing the community together through diverse drinks

Alibi Bar and Dining, Ovolo Woolloomooloo

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Restaurants

Discover Alibi Bar and Dining

Sydney’s latest plant-based restaurant and bar brings cocktails with serious jazz hands and an enticing meat-free menu

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Meet Leonid Zaytsev
Bars

Meet Leonid Zaytsev

This expert shaker and stirrer is bringing a backyard’s worth of botanicals and Aussie ingredients to the bar at Alibi

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Champagne Bar, Sofitel Darling Harbour
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Champagne Bar, Sofitel Darling Harbour

[Sponsored] Find the finest of French bubbly along with spectacular harbour views at the new Sofitel’s luxurious bar

Three Bottle Man, Marriot
Restaurants

Three Bottle Man, Marriot

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