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The Best New Bars That Opened in Sydney in 2023

Date night starts here. Our edit of the best new bars in Sydney in 2023 has you covered from romantic haunts to tropical oases.

Busby's Bar

2023 saw a spate of new bars pop up in Sydney and we sipped our way through a fair few of them. From Vietnamese espresso martinis to natural wine and wood-infused gin, there's a bevaragino for every taste. 

Consider this article your one-stop-shop for your next night out. The only question that you'll have to ask yourself is: where are you going to go first? 

Best New Bars in Sydney: December

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 

Best New Bars in Sydney: November

Folly's Bar & Bistro (Image Credit: Steven Woodburn) 

Folly's Bar & Bistro 

Giving big neighbourhood-bar energy with an elevated twist, Folly's is a hot contender for your next long lunch. Aside from a terrazzo-topped bar, maroon leather banquette seating and wine-bottle-lined walls, you can expect to find a deliciously warm ambience here. Three Michelin star-trained chef Atonio Espiritu is behind the menu which boasts a little bit of everything including our favourite - the rigatoni alla vodka. As for drinks, Folly's boasts 18 wines by the glass, an incredible cocktail list focusing on Australian spirits and a very strong snack game. A worthy addition to the North Sydney scene. 

429 Miller Street, Cammeray 

Vinabar (Image Credit: James Scevola)


Oh, how we all love a hidden bar! A hidden Vietnamese-inspired bar behind a banh-mi cart? Even better! It's a small space but it sure is mighty and the menu is more impressive still. You'll find plenty of fruity cocktails, inspired by the diverse array of produce available in South-East Asia, as well as signature ingredients like condensed milk and Pocky. Vinabar's menu is set to change regularly so if you're a fan of fun, this is where you'll want to be. 

Shop 1, 332 Kent Street, Sydney 

Harper Rooftop Bar 

Harper Rooftop Bar arrived in the city just in time for summer and it's been giving beach-club vibes on tap ever since. Located on Level 7 of Kimpton Margot, you can expect yellow booths, a pastel pink mosaic bar, lush greenery in abundance and a glittering pool. Luke Mangan is behind the menu which focuses on easily shareable bites including Sydney rock oysters with finger lime, chilled prawns and soba salad bowls. As for drinks, it's all about fun with playful signature cocktails including the Barbie Girl Slushie. But the best bit? Pooches are welcome to enjoy the immaculate rooftop vibes. 

Level 7 Kimpton Margot, 339 Pitt Street, Sydney 

Busby's (Image Credits: top - Jonny Valiant, bottom left and right - Parker Blaine)

Busby's Wine & Record Bar

Combining two of life's greatest pleasures - natural wine and records - Busby is a welcome addition to Sydney's bar scene. Mike Bennie of P&V Merchants is the genius behind the wine list whilst Maybe Sammy expert Paolo Maffietti has worked magic to craft the minimalist cocktail list.

It will come as no surprise that the bar menu, curated by Clayton Wells (ex-automata) is killer and packed with fun, vibrant and Aussie-inspired share plates. As for the tunes - impeccable. Swing by on a Thursday evening for residencies by some of the spinners in Syd or pop by on a Saturday to tune into the world's greatest albums on vinyl from start to finish. 

21 Oxford St, Paddington

The Good Bar 

For those serious about their spirits, The Good Bar is a must-visit. In an Australian first, the talented people at Goodradigbee Distillers have been maturing their spirits in native hardwood cubes, crafting an innovative new category in drinks - Australian hardwood malt spirits. Swing by the bar to taste the likes of wood-infused gins, Grey Gum vodka and a selection of malts. 

Their spirits are also infused with unique Australian botanical sourced by 100% Aboriginal-owned social enterprises and span Davidson plums, quandong, native currents and finger limes. 

41 Orchard Road, Brookvale 

Best New Bars in Sydney: October



Idyllic rooftop bar, Kasbah, showcases the incredible Sydney skyline. A night in the Mediterranean is the designated vibe and it is pulled off with aplomb. Balearic music sets the scene whilst you feast on French Moroccan-inspired plates. Natural wines, sparkling and rose make up the bulk of the wine list whilst incredibly exotic cocktails will reel you in with an ingredients list to excite. We're calling it! Summer sunsets at Kasbah are where it's at. 

99 William Street, Darlinghurst 

Martinez Restaurant, Bar & Terrace (Image Credit: Jason Loucas) 

Martinez Restaurant, Bar & Terrace 

If you're craving a sojourn in the South of France but aren't able to nip over, head over to newly opened Martinez Restaurant, Bar & Terrace for the next best thing. Heavily influenced by the seafood and fresh produce found scattering the menus of this part of France, Martinez Restaurant's menu is ready to transport you there. 

The Plateau de Fruits de Mer, a platter of seasonal seafood, is perfect for a celebration whilst the Classic Provencal Bouillabaisse is a must order whatever the occasion. Guests can even enjoy Martinez for breaky with French scrambled eggs, ris au lait pudding and more. 

A signature cocktail menu and a wine list packed with organic and biodynamic drops rounds out the offering. With popping pink and red interiors, Martinez is a delight for all the senses. Bonus points for the Harbour Bridge views! 

Quay Quarter Tower, 50 Bridge Street, Sydney 

Best New Bars in Sydney: September

La Prima (Image Credit: Declan Blackall Photography)

La Prima

A bar within a bar? We love to see it. Popular Sydney Mexican cocktail bar El Primo Sanchez has welcomed a secret speakeasy concealed by a hidden door. La Prima will transport you straight to Oaxaca with an intimate and exclusive 10-seater bar. You can expect a candlelit space, old-school Mexican tunes and a rotating menu of cocktails by the Maybe Sammy team. Picture yourself sipping on the Perfume de Gardenias (Patrón Reposado, peach & citrus cordial and jasmine soda) whilst ordering a selection of share plates. Perfection. 

Oxford House, 27-33 Oxford St, Paddington 

Teddy's (Image Credit: KW Photography) 

Teddy's Bar 

Located above the Warren View Hotel, Teddy's has hit Enmore's bar scene and its a very welcome addition. An unpretentious space with killer views, this cosy bar is already making a name for itself as a gathering place. Old-fashioned charm mixed with modern hospitality is the name of the game. The drinks list has been curated with independent and locally distilled drinks in mind, so you'll need a few visits to make a good dent in it. 

2 Stanmore Road, Enmore 


A brand-new tapas wine bar is always welcome in our lives. Iberica has well and truly surpassed our wildest dreams with its immaculate Mediterranean vibes. Drawing inspo from Spain's Balearic Coast, you can expect charm, warmth, a Spanish-oriented wine list and fresh ingredients. 

Look forward to dishes including fried Spanish chilli peppers, Grilled Octopus and Jamon Iberica. The drinks list is equally delish with seasonal cocktails perfect for sipping beachside. 

251 Bondi Road, Bondi 

Best New Bars in Sydney: August


Sydney has plenty of excellent bars but none are quite as luxurious as Cardea. As soon as you enter, you're greeted with decadent fabrics, a glitzy bar, red velvet booths, moody low lighting and striking chandeliers. Reminiscent of a 1920s cocktail bar, white baby grand included, the space is inviting and intimate - perfect for a date night. 

Award-winning mixologist George Bekarian is behind the cocktail menu and it's both innovative and thrilling. Secrets of Aleja - Bombay Sapphire, Rhubarb Liqueur, Lime Juice, Cherry Jam and Whites - is an absolute delight. 

As for bites, there's a bit of everything from all corners of the globe. A curated menu of smaller bites and larger dishes make for the perfect accompaniment to the enchanting drinks list. 

Sitchu Tip: Check out the live entertainment schedule and time your visit to coincide. The lineup, like everything else at Cardea, is impeccable. 

Shop 2, T3.01, 300 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo 

SPON (Image Credit: Yusuke Oba) 


SPON is a rather revolutionary new bar. The bar/bottle shop has their entire range of eclectic wines, ales and other bottles accessible to try by the glass, as takeaway or as an online order. Guests are encouraged to take a moment out to enjoy a drop at the bar or the seating that spills out onto bustling King Street. Should you find yourself peckish, there are snacks from the Odd Culture kitchen on rotation including Spanish Yellowfin Tuna with Capers and Potato Chips, Beer Bread and a range of cheeses. 

The well-informed staff are available for all the wine chats you desire. 12 bottles (of mainly wine) are on rotation each day - two chosen by the house (a white and red) and the remaining nominated by guests as they day goes on, available by the glass until it runs out. We told you it was revolutionary! 

256 King Street, Newtown 

Best New Bars in Sydney: June


What's better than an Italian-inspired coffee and breaky spot? One that turns into a cosy little bar come the evening! Makaveli serves elevated versions of the classics. For breaky, think fresh juices, focaccia, pastries and granola. 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 

Bar Morris (Image Credit: Steven Woodburn)

Bar Morris

Bar Morris is serving art-deco chic AND a slice of Italian-Australian fusion and we love to see it. The intimate space seats 40 and is focused on seasonal produce, soulful tunes and Australian, Italian and natural wines. Head Chef Rosy Scatigna has reinvented Italian classics and will be serving the likes of Panfocaccia, flank steak served with Café de Morris butter and Nduja madeleine ( a cheesy savoury sponge, enriched with silky guanciale and ‘nduja emulsion). 

As for the interiors, expect to be delighted. Rich red tones meet brass and peach marble. Splashes of velvet, leather-clad walls and natural wood flooring create a rich, luxurious and warm ambience. The whole experience is a real treat.

412 Pitt Street, Haymarket 



Serving a sophisticated yet warm ambience, you'll find classic and innovative menu items at Bartega. A canape-style menu offers tantalising snacks (think baked brie) whilst the interiors contribute to an overall sense of relaxed decadence. On our agenda? A taste of the Jin Cha - a blend of Roku Gin, matcha, chartreuse, yuzu, and honey, served in a traditional matcha bowl. 

26 Bridge Road, Belmore

Best New Bars in Sydney: May

Bar Soul

Bar Soul is a very welcome addition to Sydney's wine bar scene. Why? Bennelong Alumni Chef Sunny Ryu is serving a Korean tapas menu to die for. Plus, the wine list, curated by Illa Kim, is killer. Highlights include Scallop crudo with Korean ajo blanco, Slow Cooked Pork Jowl with witlof, confit garlic puree, black rice and jalapeno and chestnut tiramisu. The petite 30-seater bar, decked out with timber and mustard accents, is warm and inviting during the cooler months whilst the al fresco area offers sunshine and people watching throughout summer. 

Shop 1 & 2, 185 Campbell Street, Surry Hills

Bar Messenger 

Tucked away below Transport House, entrance is granted to those who can locate the Sculpture of Mercury and follow along. A moody atmosphere is paramount at Bar Messenger with low lamps providing ambience in spades. 

The incredible Australian wine list is the star of the show with a curation of drops available by the glass and even the magnum! As for eats, expect luxurious toasties, cheeses and tasting plates.

10 Phillip Street, Sydney 

El Primo Sanchez

El Primo Sanchez takes primo position on Oxford Street in the pub formerly known as The Rose in Paddington. In a partnership between The Maybe Group (Maybe Sammy, Dean & Nancy, Sammy Junior and Maybe Frank), and Public Hospitality Group (Oxford House, The Strand Hotel), El Primo Sanchez is as sleek as it is fun with 1940s Mexican bar vibes and a colour palette inspired by the vibrant backstreets of old Mexico City.

At the bar you can expect highballs including the signature Sanchez Paloma which uses mandarin instead of grapefruit or their twist on a classic Batanga of tequila, cola and lime. Cocktails come served in jarritos or traditional clay jugs, because why not! As for the food, Mexican-born and bred consultant chef Alejandro Huerta has developed a menu that fuses traditional Mexican flavours and ingredients with a playful edge. Opt for the 12-hour achiote marinated pork belly cooked over coals or the Brussels Sprout Taco comes roasted and tossed in a chilli vinegar made from five dried Mexican chilli varietals and served with a smear of hazelnut requesón - a vegan version of the traditional Mexican cheese.

27–33 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 including Jamon Iberico Bellota Puro, roast sea scallops on the half shell with saffron butter, Ox tongue with salsa pintxo and salsa verde, anchovies with salsa Spinader all curated by Head Chef Alberto Palacios. Head Sommelier Kasia Sobiesiak takes charge of Bar Lucia's wine list, centred on supporting local Australian producers with an emphasis on female winemakers.

5 Kellett St, Potts Point

Best New Bars In Sydney: January


Warm vibes, craft brews and a community feel are exactly what you want from a neighbourhood bar and OTiS is delivering just that to the good people of Leichardt. Formerly The Golden Gully, OTiS is continuing to prioritise friendly service with the help of some of Sydney's best bartenders. You can expect plenty of natural wine, craft beer, share plates and arguably Sydney's best cheese toastie (complete with seven different cheeses). If you're keen to end your day on a high we recommend popping by for happy hour between the hours of 5pm and 7pm, Tuesday to Saturday, for $12 Tommy's Margaritas and Negronis. 

153 Norton Street, Leichardt 

55 North at Manly Pacific

The Manly Pacific hotel, is home to 55 North, aptly named after its iconic location. With interiors designed by the award-winning Sydney-based, architecture and interiors firm Luchetti Krelle, think warm tones and cosy nooks - the perfect spot to gaze out upon one of Sydney's most iconic beaches whilst working your way through their cocktail menu.

55 North Steyne, Manly

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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