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The best bars for date night

Sydney is teeming with bars that make for perfect courting spots any day of the week

The Little Guy

There are a lot of very good reasons to take your date to a bar instead of a restaurant. To start with eating isn't always the prettiest of activities, espceically if it's something messy like mud crab or anything with squid ink in it. Plus bars are great because you can stay as long, or as little as you like, you've always got something to do with your hands and the playlist is often spot on. That's why when date night rolls round we head for these great Sydney bars for the romancing.


The Bucket List Bar and Eatery

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Bucket List is a prime day-date location. It's all about jugs of Pimms and buckets of prawns at this casual, sprawling restaurant and bar. Being right on the Bondi promenade, it’s perfect for people watching, and as far as impressive backdrops go, you’d be hard pressed finding anything to beat Bondi Beach. Bring your togs for a quick dip and then get comfortable on the reclining, wooden deck chairs and dry off with an icy Corona in hand. 
Bars, Cocktail bars

The Hazy Rose

icon-location-pin Darlinghurst
The Hazy Rose is a welcoming, Deco-style bar in a classic Darlinghurst terrace. The black wallpaper keeps the light low and flattering and classic cocktails help ease the nerves. For a private nook you can slide into one of the wooden booths, or if conversation needs stimulating take a seat at the bar and watch the bartenders at work.

The Little Guy

icon-location-pin Glebe
.This lively little bar is a top spot for date night. Catch up over a quiet drink during the week or get in early at the week’s end to secure one of the cosy couches upstairs. The cocktail menu changes regularly, but it’s consistently good – order a barrel-aged Negroni if it’s available – or just keep things simple with a craft beer and a bowl or three of buttery, seasoned popcorn
Bars, Pubs

The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel

icon-location-pin Millers Point
A great bet for history buffs and craft beer fans, the Lord Nelson provides plenty of inspiration for lively discussion. Nothing says romance like an open fire, so settle in by the hearth, order a ploughman's lunch and one of six award-winning ales brewed on premises – we reckon you are definitely in with a shot. 
Bars, Cocktail bars

Mojo Record Bar

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At this excellent little bar, just across the hall from Mojo Records, there's no food, but they'll order you a pizza if need be. Aim for an early date –before 8.30pm – so that you can take your drink through to the record shop and play the ultimate getting to know you game: “Which records would you save in the event of a zombie apocalypse?”

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Bolognaise at Fratelli Paradiso
Photograph: Anna Kucera
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