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The best new bars in Sydney

Put these brand new bars on your list this weekend

Written by
Elizabeth McDonald
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We've said it before and we'll say it again, Sydney is one darnn lucky place to be if you're in the mood for a drink (or three). And while we're always keen for a tried and true favourite, there's something irresistible about being one of the first through the doors at a brand spankin' new boozer.

So fire up the group chat and sync up your calendars; we've rounded up the absolute best new bars in Sydney.

After something more low key? Check out our favourite pubs here.

The best new bars in Sydney

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  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • Newtown

If you walked straight past Ante on the first attempt, you probably wouldn't be the only one. Double back and look for an understated, chic façade. The words SAKE & SOUNDS adorn the glass in gold lettering, and while that’s the general premise, there’s plenty more to discover behind the door.

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  • Surry Hills
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Some things never change, and for that we are grateful. However, sometimes a change is just as good as a holiday. Case in point: the Rover. This old dog has learned some new tricks and has come out schmick and shining, with an oyster bar and delicate new cocktails.

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  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • Sydney

The second of four box-fresh establishments to open at restaurateur Brett Robinson's new CBD hospo hub Shell House, the Sky Bar is an Art Deco dream in earthy hues – a palette of burnt umbers, rich terracottas and creamy tones. From the second you cross the street-level threshold, tucked inconspicuously just off Margaret Street on Wynyard Lane, you’re transported to the Roaring ‘20s.

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  • Manly

Late in 2021, a warm and cosy new diner opened its doors in Manly. Away from the big group-owned pubs and restaurants of the wharf and beachfront, there is a growing clutch of high-quality venues quietly brewing up a vibrant and diverse dining and drinking scene.

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  • Bars
  • Petersham

There have been plenty of Sydney pubs that have undergone dramatic renos, transforming them from humble community boozers with oodles of character to up-market gastropubs with plenty of polish but not much spirit. Thankfully, that has not been the fate of the Oxford Tavern. Its 2022 facelift hasn't altered its identity, but rather enhanced the thriving dive bar vibes of this pub's notorious yesteryears while making the most notable glow-up where it counts – in the kitchen. 

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  • Cocktail bars
  • Barangaroo

The DLM– that's the Department of Legend & Myth, FYI – is set to be Sydneysiders' new house of wonder and mystery, where punters can expect cocktails, magic, live music and quirky decor, so you can add an extra dose of razzle dazzle to your weekend. 

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  • Potts Point

Almost 70 years of history as a coffee shop, Piccolo Bar has completed its metamorphosis into Sydney’s smallest (and one of it’s coolest) new bars. Not just an allusion to the quick shot of caffeine keeping the locals going for the better part of a century, Piccolo is a tightly packed step back in time.

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  • Cocktail bars
  • Manly

The best seats in the house at the new bar beneath 4 Pines brewing in Manly are the large wooden tables on the covered front terrace where you can get comfy beneath twinkling fairy lights and hanging baskets of burgeoning tropical ferns, just a few feet away from the bar.

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