Best New Bars in Sydney for Cocktails & Good Times
Looking for a cool new drinking spot? The chic, best new bars in Sydney have got you covered!
2022 has arrived with a bang and it's brought a whole host of epic new bars along with it! And, I think it's safe to say, we're all looking forward to meeting up with our mates and sharing a drink or several. The only question that you'll have to ask yourself is: where are you going to go first?
Let’s do Dolly proud by sinking a few at York Street’s new Nashville-inspired whiskey, cocktail and live music bar. In the proper Southern tradition, you can expect a back bar over 150 whiskeys strong. This pays homage to late nights spent on the town in Nashville. In Southern Hospitality fashion, the booths are named after country singers from Kenny Rogers to Johnny Cash, T-Swift herself and, of course, our Queen Dolly Parton.
Lower Ground, 73 York Street, Sydney CBD
Best New Bars in Sydney: April
Here for a good time, not a long time, About Time is a small bar on the corner of Hunter and Bligh in Sydney's CBD. Open since late 2021, About Time will occupy the space until December 2022 when the wrecking ball comes through and the building is demolished to make way for the Hunter Street metro.
Run by seven mates with epic hospo experience who decided to throw caution to the wind and open up their own bar. Heavy on the nostalgia, this bar will tickle your inner-child with frosty fruit inspired cocktails, Milo'spresso, s'mores old fashioned, strawberry and cream-ing soda cocktails, Zooper Dooper and big kid slushies like the boozy iced coffee. Not convinced yet? Check out their cocktail recipe.
37 Bligh Street, Sydney
One of Melbourne’s best bars is coming to Sydney for an exclusive pop-up at Bondi Icebergs. The bar within a bar, will be holding court for the month of April. Bar Americano is usually found in Melbourne’s moody laneways and famously only holds ten people standing. With just eight cocktails, all made with premium spirits, bar snacks, burgers and more the Icebergs pop-up will hold seven guests seated or 10 guests standing. Owing to the small space, bookings are absolutely essential, tickets come in at $80 per person which will be taken off the final bill.
Icebergs Bar, 1 Notts Avenue Bondi Beach
Thursday 31st March to Sunday 1st May
Charmingly familiar, drinking at Dean’s feels like sipping cocktails at your most stylish friend’s home. Dean’s Lounge, a reinvention Dean’s Café, is a Kings Cross institution. With an ode to the 70s when the original Dean’s first opened their doors, expect vintage video games and throwback tunes. Food from four cheese truffle mac and cheese, nachos, nibbles and cakes pairs beautifully signature cocktails and an enticing wine list.
7 Kellett Street, Potts Point
Best New Bars in Sydney: March
Keen for a holiday fling? Step into Cabana Bar, a resort-style al fresco venue in the new CBD precinct 25 Martin Place. With the city’s largest outdoor terrace spanning over 100m, you’ll be on ‘Cabana Time’ from the very first sip. With first class service, inventive food, fishbowls and signature cocktails as well as a wine list curated by restaurant manager and self-confessed wine snob, Katie Murphy, there’s no end of great things to choose from. With an interior that draws inspiration from South America choose between the five unique spaces within Cabana Bar: the Aruba Booths, The Cove, Palm Bar, Kokomo Corner or the Cape. There’s no end to great things to experience at the Cabana Bar.
25 Martin Place, Sydney
Growing up and leaving their wild past behind them, The Rover (formerly The Wild Rover) has undergone a chic refurbishment. Reopening mid-March, The Rover will remain loyal to their Irish roots but with a sophisticated feel that would not be out of place in a NYC cocktail bar. With an expanded dining offering from Executive Chef Pip Pratt of Bistecca and The Gidley which will allow people to enjoy dinner and drinks in equal measure. Expect buttery prawn rolls, lamb sausage rolls, fish finger sandwiches and oysters from some of New South Wales best estuaries. Add to their strong whiskey offering will be a 50-bottlestrong wine list packed with organic and bio-dynamic drops.
75 Campbell Street, Surry Hills
This brand new bar in Sydney’s hottest new foodie precinct Quay Quarter, is a cheeky favourite. Taking you from your first cup of coffee to your post work cocktail Bar Mammoni is an ode to Australian laneway bars. With just 30 seats, settle in for pizza by the slice, lobster roll bruschetta, whipped lardo pizzettas topped with wild honey and herbs and delicious desserts like the gelato millefoglie or sugar lips croissant cannoli. People watch with a seasonal spritz in hand or warm up with wine by the glass or carafe while you tuck into a platter of Italian bar snacks.
Shop 3, Loftus Lane, Sydney
Best New Bars in Sydney: February
Eros Sydney is a Mykonos-style eatery and lounge bar from the crew behind Sinaloa and Meu Jardim. Step into a white-washed Greek paradise replete with olive trees, and archways, concrete booths and sculptured walls that take inspiration from beachside Greek Island caves.
32 Bayswater Road, Potts Point
Our beloved State Library, where countless students come to cram for exams, have opened up a new rooftop bar with views over the city and a literary twist. Open from Wednesday to Saturday each week, this is the perfect spot to unwind with the rest of the local literati and glitterati. Pick up a patio spritz with mistelle, vermouth, gin and soda or a library martini with NSW-made Archie Rose gin.
State Library of New South Wales, 1 Shakespeare Place, Sydney
This chic and ritzy new venue is home to not one but four amazing new Sydney venues: Menzies Bar, Sky Bar, Clocktower and Dining Room and Terrace. Each of these venues offers up a unique interior and menu so patrons can choose their own adventure. Menzies Bar offers a lavish bistro menu, warm lighting and leather interiors and lush vibes. Sky Bar offers up panoramic views and equally stunning cocktails. The Dining Room and Terrace is light-filled, modern and home to a seafood-centric dinner menu. And, the Clocktower, is fittingly located in the building’s historic clocktower with all venues connected by an architecturally impressive staircase. Which one will you check out first?
37 Margaret Street, Sydney
Best New Bars in Sydney: January
Look for the neon wine bottle… paradise awaits! Banco, a new 32 seat venue in Manly specialising in modern British food and low-intervention wine and inventive cocktails. The ‘She'sssss Alright’ cocktail with a very Instagram-able aromatic bubble is set to become a local favourite. The food menu is seasonal and British – think ham hock terrine and lamb shoulder croquette. If you’re looking to dip your toe into the Banco pool, head there from 4:30 on weekdays (or 3pm on the weekend) to check out their daily ‘sips & snacks’ menu.
17b Whistler Street, Manly
This heritage building in The Rocks has been transformed into a warehouse distiller, bar and dining room. Hosting distillery experiences, drinking and dining experiences with curated cocktails which highlight their house-distilled Hickson Rd. Gins. On the menu, expect a locally-sourced, botanically inspired menu think flower-dusted quid with finger lime and pepperberry and whisky chocolate lamingtons. One of our favourite elements has to be their soaring back bar with over 600 bottles from all around the globe!
6 Hickson Road, The Rocks
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