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The best offbeat bars in Sydney

Our pick of Sydney's left-of-centre bar experiences

Photograph: Anna Kucera

Strip a bar right back to basics and you've got a collection of alcoholic beverages, four walls, a roof (probably), a bartender and a bathroom - seats can be optional. But it's the little details that set bars apart, like revolving floors, weirdly specific booze lists and out there themes. These are favourite Sydney bars that are doing things their own way.

Absinthe Salon

Book ahead for an aperitif before dinner, or drop in later at night to start your big evening with a powerful kick of the green fairy. 

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Surry Hills

The Bearded Tit

A densely populated creative space on Regent Street celebrates art and beer in no particular order.

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Golden Age Bar

You hear a lot about the golden age of cinema. The glamour, the style, the class, the jazz - and this bar room has it all. 

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Surry Hills

O Bar and Dining

O Bar is a place of a thousand different angles. The outer ring of the 47th floor of Australia Square revolves very slowly, so that over the course of a round of drinks your view constantly changes by degrees, making sure you see Sydney from all sides.

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Soda Factory

You'll find secret hot dogs and a sweet dose of old-school soda fountain charm at this Surry Hills bar. 

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Surry Hills

The Standard Bowl

The Darlinghurst gig venue has transformed from a ticketed live music spot to a bowling alley and live music hybrid. 

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It’s been a mainstay in Sydney bars and restaurants for some time now, and now we have an entire bar and restaurant dedicated to sherry. 

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Circular Quay