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2024's Best New Bars in Sydney for Cocktails & Good Times

Looking for a cool new drinking spot? These are the best new bars in Sydney to sip and be seen...

Snack Kitchen

The late-night scene in Sydney is undergoing the resurgence it deserves and naturally, it involves a swathe of new and exciting venues making their debuts. 2023 saw variety and abundance and 2024 is heading in the same direction. Huzzah! 

From artsy musical haunts to afternoon aperitivo bars, there's somewhere new to head every week. So gather the gang and make your way through this edit of the best new bars in Sydney where you might just find your new local. 

Best New Bars in Sydney: April

JAM Record Bar (Image Credit: Chad Konik) 

JAM Record Bar

What happens when 15,000 vinyl records meet a menu of Japanese-inspired snacks and jazzy cocktails? A very, very good time indeed. The latest addition to George Street's ivy precinct, JAM Record Bar is a homage to the low-key listening bars of Tokyo. You'll find every genre, era and artist amongst the collection as well as pink plywood walls and an all-round cruisey atmosphere. 

320C George Street, Sydney 

Lumière on Thirty Five

Explore Sydney's Chicest New Cocktail Bar

Your new late-night go-to has arrived thanks to this stunning new sky-high venue in the heart of Darling Harbour, Lumière on Thirty Five boasts breathtaking views of the sparkling Sydney skyline in an intimate and luxurious setting.

Expect world-class cocktails courtesy of expert mixologists who fuse innovative methods with classic techniques, and delectable desserts inspired by the very best of French cuisine  

12 Darling Drive, Sydney

Best New Bars in Sydney: February

Mee So

Mee So

Taking cues from the flavours, sights and sounds of Seoul and Tokyo, Mee So serves up playful takes on a quintessential menu and cocktails inspired by works of art. Just a stone's throw from Haymarket and Oxford Street, expect beats, bao and modern interiors that include minimalist elements contrasted with bursts of colour and neon lights. 

Sitchu Tip:  We were treated to the Me So Tasty set menu, with highlights like Japanese Style Tuna Tartare, Miso Eggplant and Prawn Wontons. Be sure to pair your foodie feast with a cocktail (or two!) from some of the best we've tasted in a long while. Our faves? The Shiota Webs and Dots Obsession.

27 Wentworth Avenue, Sydney

Pleasure Club

Pleasure Club 

Live music is a thing to be cherished and that's exactly what Pleasure Club, the newest hospitality venue from Odd Culture Group, aims to deliver. The late-night, cutting-edge cocktail bar is an inclusive space where you can escape the world for a hot minute and delve into the fever-dream revelry of performance and experimental concoctions. Find the glowing purple eye on Newtown's Wilson Street, descend the staircase and discover an unmatched late-night entertainment experience with plush booths, nooks and crannies to hide away in and a corner pool table. The state-of-the-art cocktail lab is worth a try, with a seasonal cocktail program that changes cyclically. The debut story, 'Nostalgia Machine', hones in on the essence of growing up in Australia with creations like Mr Whippy, Cheese TV and even Vegemite.

6 Wilson Street, Newtown 

Best New Bars in Sydney: January

Snack Kitchen 

Celebrating the beauty in simplicity, Snack Kitchen combines lo-fi vibes with artisanal bites and a drinks list to die for. Presented by father and son duo, Mauric and Sylvester Terzini, the venture is an homage to their childhoods and cultural upbringings. As the name suggests, Snack Kitchen's menu is comprised largely of small plates so it's the perfect spot to drop in for a catch-up without the pressure. For those after something small with their afternoon drop, a selection of lupini, anchovies and fired and pickled peanuts are just the ticket. If you're looking for something more substantial, carpaccio, polpetti and sliced meats will sort you out. As for drinks, the focus will revolve around Italo/Euro classics - aperitif, spritz, negronis and the like, alongside European and Australian wines. 

95 Macleay Street, Potts Point

Best New Bars in Sydney: December 2023

The Caterpillar Club 

Easily one of the most exciting venue openings of the year, The Caterpillar Club is the latest drop from one of our favourite hospitality groups, Swillhouse. This late-night venue is the place to be with one of the largest private record collections in the world and snacks being served until 3am. Swing by to soak up moody interiors, world-class cocktails and incredible retro bites. 

92 Pitt Street, Sydney 

The Waratah 

Anyone who thinks Australia has no culture need only to swing by The Waratah for a hefty dose of it. The two-storey drinking den prioritises native produce, seasonality and a connection with their local suppliers. Pop in to the downstairs public bar for a casual afternoon beverage or head upstairs for something a splash fancier. We recommend guzzling down an on-tap Waratah Spritz (made from Archie Rose vodka, rhubi mistelle, watermelon wine and vanilla) whilst you're there. As for food, lobster rolls, potato scallops and fairy ice cream sandwiches are just a few of the 'fun Australiana' dishes up for grabs. 

308-310 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst 

If knowing all about the best new bars in Sydney is your thing, we have just the articles for you to read! From bars with beautiful interiors and rooftop oases, to underground hangouts and romantic  date spots, we've got you covered.

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