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The best bars in Darlinghurst

All the great Darlinghurst bars you should be drinking in right now

Photograph: Anna Kucera

In Darlinghurst you're spoiled for choice when it comes to excellent boozing options. Maybe you feel like nautical cocktails and a lobster burger? Or would a Boilermaker and a bowl of monkey nuts suit you better? The one thing we can all agree on, surely, is that when top notch cocktails are the order of the day, you want a five star bar with the best in the business mixing your drinks. You can find in all in this boozy pocket of the East.

Eau de Vie

Eau de Vie is hidden in the back of the Kirketon Hotel. The cocktail bar is staffed by a team who are as much about having a good time as they are making you the best damned cocktails in Sydney. The range of booze is mind blowing, and owner Sven Almenning is also in possession of the greatest collection of antique cocktail accessories in the country.

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The Hazy Rose

You’ll want to make sure to try the Fernet Julep. It’s a punch in the kisser of bourbon mint and Fernet Branca – everyone’s favourite Italian bitter-and-herbaceous liqueur – served in a pewter tankard. It’ll put hairs on your chest whether you want them or not.

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Henrietta Supper Club

When your bartender describes the End of the Boulevard as a ‘Negroni that went out, bought a gun and went wild west on your Friday night’, that’s a drink worth investigating more closely. The lovechild of a Boulvardier (rye or bourbon, Campari and vermouth) and an End of the Road (Laphroaig, Campari, Green Charteuse) is a boozy little monster that will charm you with Laphroaig, Campari, green Chartreuse and vermouth, and then take your knees out from under you just as quickly.

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Shady Pines Saloon

Start with a set-up - that's a whiskey with a beer back. You can have a can of the sessionable Coopers Malt with some bottom-shelf basics on one hand, but you can also trade up with a Rosita, a crisp, artisan-made Spanish blond beer, and on the other, something along the lines of a measure of Eagle Rare, just one of the fine bourbons and ryes on pour.

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This Must Be the Place

This Must Be the Place is the bar that Darlinghurst’s portion of Oxford Street has been crying out for. This excellent new establishment is brought to you by veterans Charlie Ainsbury and Luke Ashton, so that’s a whole lot of talent packed behind one little polished timber counter. Prepare to fall in love with spritzers. We’re not talking the white wine variety – here the bar team are broadening the definition of the drink with delicious results. 

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