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The best bar snacks in Sydney

The best bars for setting down and snacking up

Written by
Emily Lloyd-Tait
&
Myffy Rigby
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As the line between restaurant and bar becomes increasingly blurry, it's now possible to make a whole meal out of the excellent bar snacks flying over the counter at our favourite haunts. These are the places we head when we're not sure if drinks is going to turn into dinner, but we want to keep our options open.

121 BC
  • Bars
  • Wine bars
  • Surry Hills

At this Surry Hills enoteca they pump out some impressive eats from a tiny kitchen, and the menu changes with the season and the wine list so every visit feels like the first.

10 William Street
  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Paddington

10 William Street is a good time. But now, with the addition of some serious talent in the kitchen, it’s an excellent time. Come for the fiano, stayed for the dadinho.

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Bentley Restaurant and Bar
  • Restaurants
  • Australian
  • Sydney

Nick Hildebrandt and Brent Savage are out to impress at their new CBD location, whether you’re here for the no-punches-pulled tasting menu or have just dropped by for a sandwich. 

Bloodwood
  • Restaurants
  • Newtown

These guys are most famous for their golden, super crunchy polenta chips with a gutsy gorgonzola dipping sauce - a mainstay on the menu since they swung open in 2010, but it's worth exploring the rest of the menu when you visit.

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Continental Deli Bar Bistro
  • Restaurants
  • Newtown
  • price 2 of 4

The deli downstairs is where it's at. Here you can pull up a stool to the bar, order a tin of fancy sardines, a tinner Martini and some next level small goods.  

Gardel's Bar
  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • Surry Hills

You’re probably here for a bit of pre- or-post-dinner drinking, and by golly is this is an exciting place to be doing your throwing back. Especially with a plate of cured meats. 

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Mary's
  • Bars
  • Newtown
  • price 1 of 4

It’s entirely likely that Mary’s is more famous as a burger place than as a bar. People queue for up to an hour just to get in the front door of this slightly scuzzy boozer for one fo their five star American-style burgers. 

Monopole
  • Restaurants
  • Modern Australian
  • Sydney
  • price 2 of 4

The collars have been set loose, the ties are askew, the casual pants are on and the playlist is officially bringing the funk at this Potts Point wine bar.

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Sokyo Lounge
  • Bars
  • Darling Harbour
  • price 2 of 4

The promise of bar snacks from a crazy good Japanese kitchen only sweetens the deal at this cocktail lounge. Chase Kojima, might have started out as a kid in his father’s Japanese restaurant in California, but in Sydney he is the mack daddy of modern Japanese fare.

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