This year marks our eighth Time Out Sydney Bar Guide, and after nearly a decade of rating Sydney's bars the talent, drinks, fitouts and good vibes still impress the socks off us.
Sure, the licensing laws are a stick in our craw we'd love to shake, but they haven't stopped us propping up the bars across town and making short work of classic cocktails, experimental concoctions and all the orange wines we could lay our hands on.
You can't keep a good city down, so new bars are still popping up in any underground space, hidden enclave and lofty spot that becomes available, and our nightlife is finding new places to keep the party kicking on until the wee hours.
It's been the year of Old Fashioneds, cold-drip coffee cocktails and Penicillins, and we've witnessed the rise of the boutique spirit industry, which is ensuring we're drinking local at all levels.
We've taken all the best booze action in the city and condensed it down into the brand new edition of the Time Out Sydney Bar Guide featuring 150 of Sydney's best bars, available at newsagents from Thursday December 10, or with any new subscription to Time Out Sydney.