The Best Bars in Potts Point for a Romantic Night Out
Wine, dine and dial up the romance at these Potts Point bars for your next date night.
Need a new date night spot? The small stylish suburb of Potts Point is where you'll find an array of elegant and intimate bars that really set the scene for romance. This leafy inner-city enclave ticks all the right boxes in the date department.
If the cliché is true that “Potts Point is like Paris” and Paris is the city of love, then this suburb is definitely worth a glass (or two) of champagne, followed by an amorous after dinner stroll (after you've dined at Potts Points coolest dining spots). Here's our pick of the best bars in Potts Point for a night of romance.
A karaoke joint that refuses to play Horses? Colour us intrigued! Potts Point is known for its bustling foodie scene but with the addition of Diana, a Korean-Chinese food spot and karaoke joint. From the team behind Mr Lim – which is the heart and soul of Orange’s nightlife – Diana, their new sister venue, has taken up residence on Macleay Street. Far from being a small backroom affair, at Diana, karaoke takes centre stage. Here singers take to the stage to one-by-one, group-by-group bring the house down with their unique musical stylings (just as long as they’re not singing Horses. We’re serious, that’s the one song, owner Sammy Jeon refuses to play!)
It’s not just the singing at Diana that’s show-stopping, the menu from fresh sashimi, honey-braised pork buns, Korean fried chicken and steak salad is simply delicious. Paying tribute to the wine region’s of Orange, the drinks menu features a vast array of drops from the region which all pair beautifully with Diana’s signature dishes.
1/28 Macleay Street, Potts Point
Billed as ‘the locals’ lounge room, Chester White Diner is the perfect spot for pasta, charcuterie and wine (so much wine)! On the food front expect small plates from roast cauliflower and empanadas and soul soothing bigger plates like truffle cacio e pepe served in a cheese wheel or six hour slow cooked beef cheek. The wine is where they really shine though with sparkling, white, red, rosé and a massive range of biodynamic and organic wines.
3 Orwell Street, Potts Point
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!). On the food front you can expect everything from oysters to goats curd, pasta and panacotta. They also have two set menus available so you can treat yourself!
Shop 5, 29 Orwell Street, Potts Point
Guess who’s back, baby! Welcome back to Piccolo Bar, the oldest café in Kings Cross which first opened all the way back to 1952. In 2020, when Dave Spanton heard that Piccolo was about to be lost forever, he took the plunge to save this iconic venue. A pint-sized spot with just 12 seats inside and eight outside, Spanton set about revitalising the space. If you’re not familiar with the local lore, The Piccolo Bar was a cosy, non-licenced café open from 6pm-6am every night run by legendary former operator Vittorio Bianchi, who started working in the café back in 1964.
The newly renovated spot has been brought back to life, re-imagined as an aperitivo bar and diner. A stepped up interior, courtesy of Spanton’s friend artist and designer Michael Delany (Prince of Wales, The Forrester’s and more), brings flair back to the venue. The jewel of the interior was the photo wall (a feature of the original bar), Dave has kept some of these iconic photos but added to the line-up, including a little photo of his parents getting married at the Wayside Chapel back in the 70s.
The opening team includes faves such as Alex Zanarini from Dean & Nancy’s and Michael Drescher, from Big Poppa’s and Bartolo. Capable of drawing a crowd even in lockdown, this venue is a sure-fire winner!
6 Rosyln Street, Kings Cross
This highly anticipated cocktail bar in the heart of Potts Point is bound to become your new favourite hidden gem in the city. Diners can enjoy small plates along with an impressive cocktail menu boasting an array of fabulous refreshing beverages.
From the Impeachment with smokey peach flavours that burst out of the bubble on top of the cocktail as you take the first sip, to the Sin and Tonique, a deliciously sinful floral gin and tonic, there are many delicious libations to sample at this Potts Point bar.
Shop 8, Ground Floor/127-133 MacLeay Street, Potts Point
Sopra provides a cosy space for diners to come for cocktails, wine and small eats. The delicious menu is built around Spanish influences and small tapas-style share plates perfect for romantic dinners for two. Combine this with their extensive wine list and you have got yourself the ultimate aperitivo hour hangout.
Shop 4, 65 Macleay Street, Potts Point
Cosy but not quaint, Dulcie’s is the mysterious parlour bar that will take your date night to a new level. Dulcie’s Bar has reinvigorated the Golden Mile by slinging prohibition era cocktails and showcasing some of Sydney’s best underground cabaret acts.
44B Darlinghurst Road, Potts Point
With high ceilings, botanical wallpaper and wicker furniture, The Butler's restaurant has a chic French colonial vibe. But for the ultimate date night, head to the lush terrace, which has panoramic views of the Sydney skyline. The menu is made up of small and large share plates, and the cocktail list is guaranteed to get the conversation flowing.
123 Victoria Street, Potts Point
Glammed up prohibition-style gives this Potts Point bar amorous appeal. Sink back into leather-backed chairs and hide from the world for a few hours, for an intimate date night. American-style tapas, vintage cocktail equipment and a private poker den – The Roosevelt comes seeping in nostalgia.
Ground Floor, 32 Orwell Street, Potts Point
Already planning your next date night? Why not make dinner plans while you're at it? Check out these Romantic Restaurants in Sydney: Intimate Date Night Eateries or make it an all day affair with these Quirky Date Ideas for a Date Night with a Difference.
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