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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!

Rekōdo (Image Credit: Steven Woodburn)
Rekōdo (Image Credit: Steven Woodburn)

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? 

From chic rooftop bars to cosy underground hangouts, bars serving cocktail and a bite or a vino with a view, these are the best new bars have opened up in Sydney in 2022.  

Best New Bars in Sydney: August

Bar Quattro

A local Waverton gem, Bar Quattro is the perfect combination of neighbourhood local and European wine bar. Whether you’re stopping by for a single-malt after work, indulging in a cocktail or two, or settling in to make a night of it Bar Quattro has got you covered. If you’re feeling peckish, the seasonal menu has plenty to choose from... think bruschetta, slow-cooked pork ragu and antipasto plates. 

3/100 Bay Rd, Waverton

Rekōdo (Image Credit: Steven Woodburn)
Rekōdo (Image Credit: Steven Woodburn)
Rekōdo Restaurant & Vinyl Bar

Bringing something a little different to the mix at the ever-hot Barangaroo House, Rekōdo Restaurant & Vinyl Bar is set to make serious waves when it opens on Friday the 16th of September. joins the house mix on level one, Friday 16 September.

Expect Japanese-inspired food, sake, cocktails, and wine - all set to a killer soundtrack played by vinyl DJs. Music is front and centre at this Sydney bar with album art on display and a no-skip menu with approachable Japanese-inspired dishes with DIY tuna belly, avocado and roe temaki hand rolls, pickled watermelon with ume and red miso sesame eggplant served in a clay pot. Or, if you're more of the set menu type ask the chefs for an 'omakase' menu and they'll bring you plate after plate. On the cocktail front, expect Japanese whiskies and sakes and playful cocktails. Bookings are open now!

Level 1, Barangaroo House, 35 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo

Henley’s Kitchen & Bar

The talented team from Australian Venue Co. has opened a casual waterfront eatery sits on the bustling King Street Wharf. With a laid-back but lively atmosphere, the all-day destination pairs an approachable wine and cocktail list with a range of eclectic bar snacks including, baby philly cheesesteaks, grilled corn ribs and Tijuana street prawn served with togarsashi pumpkin and roasted beetroot. Adding to the vibrancy is a large scale mural from Local Sydney artist, Blends.

9 Lime Street, Sydney

Best New Bars in Sydney: July

The Oxford Tavern

Petersham’s beloved community boozer is known for stiff drinks, inventive feeds, steamy late nights and live music. Reopening in July, the Tav has been taken over by the Odd Culture Group, who have given the Tav a facelift and are taking it in a sexy new direction. If the thought of your beloved local getting a new look leaves you feeling anxious, don’t worry, the venue has retained it’s charm, iconic neon signs and the famous Black Betty Smoker BBQ. At the new-and-improved Tav it’s all about the marg with an extensive back bar of tequila and mezcal. Their boozy slushies are the perfect treat for your inner child whilst the sophisticated among us will enjoy the natural wine list. On the food front, modern pub classics – vegan burgers, nachos, schnittys and Sunday roasts – are complimented with elevated dishes like tempura broccolini, duck terrine and mussels with fermented chili butter and fries. They will also be stepping things up on the entertainment front, with a series of authentic queer-centric programming that is sure to be embraced by the inner west community.

1 New Canterbury Road Petersham

Maydanoz

Celebrated Turkish Chef Somer Sivrioglu is moving into it full force with his new CBD venue. Combating the idea that Turkish dishes are all kebabs, lamb and meat, Maydonoz pays homage to the casual vegetable-driven meze bars of the Aegean Coast. Dishes are cooked in olive oil and hero grains, legumes and classic Turkish takes. Between the interior which draws inspiration from Aegean herself with green and gold tones, marble countertops and the drinks menu of mineral-rich premium Turkish wines – it’s like diving headfirst into Istanbul.

From Mondays to Saturdays, Maydanoz will hold a two-hour happy hour (twice the joy), running from 4pm-6pm, with $7 house wines, beers and spirits, and $12 cocktails (get the spice market negroni). Complimentary stone baked bread and house-made dips will also be served, making for the perfect after work rendez-vous.

Shop 1, 50 Carrington Street, Sydney

Ante
Ante
Ante

Modelled after Japan’s famous jazz cafés, Ante pairs delicious sake with great records. On the hustling bustling King Street, this new bar is home to one of the best sake selections in Australia. With over 65 unique sakes and 2500 records, this is a delight for all the senses. As well as the sakes, Asian-inspired cocktails and a range of low-alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks, they have a seasonal menu with snacks and larger dishes. Our pick? The crispy rice with red pepper butter and katsuobushi.

146 King Street, Newtown

Best New Bars in Sydney: June

Ori’s Bar

Next door to Bondi’s iconic Da Orazio you’ll find the newly opened Ori’s Bar. With pre-batched cocktails, a snack menu and a jukebox loaded with 80s disco classics. Owner Orazio D’Elia is aiming to re-capture the magic of Italian piazzas and bring that relaxed, indulgent vibe to Bondi. Classic cocktails will be paired with the Orazio – a drink made especially for the owner combining vodka, watermelon, citrus, mint and cucumber. Curate your perfect night by queuing songs on the jukebox for $1 a pop and order up a slew of Italian snacks.

75-79 Hall Street, Bondi Beach

Bar Planet

Talk around town is that these martinis are some of the best in Sydney! From the hospo mind behind Cantina OK!, this new bar is smack-bang in the middle of the hustling bustling Enmore Road. The team champion local producers and growers with a fully Australian and New Zealand line-up on spirits, wine and beer. The interior itself is a unique marriage of a classic bistro and a psychedelic den complete with a galaxy-themed terrazzo bar top.

16 Enmore Road, Newtown

D.L.M
D.L.M
D.L.M Department of Legends and Myths

Intrigued? This quirky new bar is concealed behind the bureaucratic façade of the Department of Legend & Myth at the bottom of the Wynyard escalators. Step through the door and feel instantly transported into a world of fantasy . The beverage list includes martinis, mai tais and epic local beers and wines and will also play host to some epic local musicians and magicians!

300 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo

Best New Bars in Sydney: May

Jolene’s

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

About Time
About Time
About Time

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

Icebergs x Bar Americano
Icebergs x Bar Americano
Bar Americano Pop-Up

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

Dean’s Lounge

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

Cabana Bar

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

The Rover (Image Credit: Dominic Loneragan)
The Rover (Image Credit: Dominic Loneragan)
The Rover

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

Bar Mammoni

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

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

The Library Bar

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

Shell House

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

Banco Manly
Banco Manly
Banco Manly

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

Hickson House

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

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.