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The Best Bars in the Eastern Suburbs for a Stylish Sip

From coastal cocktails to cosy wine spots, this edit of the best bars in the Eastern Suburbs is a must-read.

Promenade Bondi Beach (Image Credit: Jiwon Kim)

When the clock strikes wine o'clock in the Eastern Suburbs, locals know where the real sip happens. Spoiled for choice with swish hangouts and impeccable beverages, this pocket is a laid-back Sydneysider's haven.

Whether winding down on the way home or staying out for a while, you'll find the area dotted with hidden bars, bustling beachside haunts and the occasional rooftop bar that serves up great drinks and even better vibes. Get ready to scroll for the goods and unlock the door to the best bars in the Eastern Suburbs, where the only thing sparkling more than the drinks is the banter.

Promenade Bondi Beach (Image Credit: Jiwon Kim)

Promenade Bondi Beach  

Promenade Bondi Beach's Front Yard Bar is a go-to for visitors and locals alike. With sweeping views of Australia's most famous beach, it's the ideal spot for a laid-back drink. Seasonal cocktails and casual bites shine here, and these good folks got you covered with heaters and blankets if the weather turns chilly. 

Shop 4 Bondi Pavilion, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach  

The Wine Library

The Wine Library

For the discerning palate, The Wine Library on Oxford Street is a top pick. Specialising in wine—350 handpicked varieties to be exact—this cosy venue exudes a sophisticated yet laid-back vibe. Take your pick: the front bar, with its romantic lighting and low-hanging lamps, the dining room, or the courtyard. It's a haven for those who appreciate the art of wine without the fuss. 

18 Oxford Street, Woollahra

Coogee Pavillion

Coogee Pavilion

Smack-bang on the shores of Coogee Beach, Coogee Pavilion is a multi-storey gem, a local haven all year round. Downstairs, indulge in pizza, gelato, and retro games (giant Scrabble, anyone?) or head to the rooftop. With four bars, indoor and outdoor areas, all with a Mediterranean feel and beach views, it's a cosy spot for a brew. Whether you're soaking up sunsets or enjoying a casual night out, this beachside hangout nails the relaxed vibe. 

169 Dolphin Street, Coogee

El Primo Sanchez (Image Credits: Steven Woodburn) 

El Primo Sanchez

El Primo Sanchez exudes a cool blend of 1940s Mexican bar vibes and a colour palette inspired by the vibrant backstreets of old Mexico City. At the bar, anticipate highballs like the signature Sanchez Paloma with mandarin replacing grapefruit or their twist on a classic Batanga with tequila, cola, and lime. Cocktails arrive in jarritos or traditional clay jugs, adding a touch of authenticity to your sip. 

27–33 Oxford Street, Paddington



What's better than an Italian-inspired coffee and breaky spot? One that turns into a cosy little bar come the evening! Makaveli is a cosy nook serving elevated versions of the classics. By night, you'll be treated to seasonal and sharable plates like burrata and fresh broad beans, Kingfish crudo, Bresaola and marinated cherry tomatoes. A curated wine list and perfectly muddled cocktails are available of an evening also.

Shop 2, 177 - 179 Glenayr Avenue, Bondi

Charlie Parker's

Charlie Parker’s

Nestled below Fred’s, this basement-level gem serves speakeasy charm via dim lighting, dark woods, and leather. Charlie Parker’s creates a relaxed ambiance for a night out with a creative cocktail list, influenced by the fare upstairs. Sip on a curated concoction and pair it with a delightful charcuterie board. 

Basement, 380 Oxford Street, Paddington

Bar Lucia (Image Credit: Kitti Gould)

Bar Lucia

Inspired by the elegant architecture from the streets of Madrid, Bar Lucia brings a laid-back air of Spain into Potts Point. The sultry wine bar offers a range of classic Spanish-style tapas, while Bar Lucia's wine list is centred around supporting local Australian producers - with an emphasis on female winemakers.

5 Kellett Street, Potts Point

Icebergs Dining Room & Bar

Icebergs Dining Room & Bar

One of the most famous waterfront spots in Sydney, you simply can't head to Bondi without a stop off at Icebergs. For that iconic view, snag a coveted corner table and look out onto what is arguably Australia’s most Instagrammed ocean pool. 

1 Notts Avenue, Bondi Beach 

Neighbourhood Bondi

Neighbourhood Bondi

In the heart of the Eastern Suburbs, Neighbourhood offers an inviting small bar vibe. With exposed brick walls, big windows, and a retro-cool courtyard, it's the perfect setting to enjoy a good tipple; the bar offers a variety of beers, wines, and an innovative cocktail menu. The food is indulgent and moreish – think macaroni and cheese, popcorn prawns and cheesy jaffles. There are deals every day of the week, plus a roast on Sundays, so it's worth considering rallying your best mates for a cosy catch-up here.

143 Curlewis Street, Bondi

Lola's Italian & Bar

Lola's Italian & Bar

Lola's Italian & Bar's menu offers classic Italian delights with a wine list paying tribute to Italy's best. With a relaxed setting adorned by Pina Ambrosino's art, Lola's beckons locals for a laid-back evening. It's more than a bar; it's a sensory haven with Euro disco tunes, small plates, and creative cocktails.

Level 1, 180-186 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach, Bondi

Coogee Wine Room

For Eastern Suburbs locals seeking a laid-back hangout, Coogee Wine Room is a standout among the best bars. With a relaxed vibe and a Mediterranean-inspired menu, it's the ideal spot to unwind. The communal dining experience, paired with a 600-plus wine list, creates a warm and inviting atmosphere. Whether dropping by for a glass or indulging in their legendary steak, Coogee Wine Room offers a sophisticated yet unpretentious setting for locals looking to enjoy good company in a welcoming bar atmosphere.

222 Coogee Bay Road, Coogee

Curly Lewis

Curly Lewis

A brewery in Bondi? We’re there. Centrally located on Campbell Parade, Curly Lewis is the Eastern Suburbs' very first brewery as well as a bar and diner. With eight brews on tap and a bar menu consisting of moreish share plates and sumptuous burgers, you are in for a delicious time.

102-106 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach

Dear Saint Eloise

Dear Sainte Eloise

As George Orwell said in 1933, ‘Dear Sainte Eloise, if you exist, please send me some money. I don’t ask for much – just enough to buy some bread and a bottle of wine.’ Answering old George’s prayers, Potts Point’s Dear Sainte Eloise is one of Sydney’s best wine bars the perfect spot for some bread and a bottle (or two!).

On the booze front, you can expect over 400 bottles of wine from around the world. If that sounds overwhelming, don’t worry, there’s a sommelier on hand to help you choose a delicious drop. Or, you could check out their mystery wines - guess the grape and country of origin and the glass is free!

Shop 5, 29 Orwell Street, Potts Point

If you enjoyed our edit of the best bars in the Eastern suburbs and fancy a few more local recommendations, you can check out the best news bars in Sydney here and the best new restaurants here

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