The inner west is continually popping up with original bars that offer up some of Sydney’s best and brightest in the food and drinks department. Locals always boast that the inner west is best, so why not try out something from this list and spice up your after work drink spot? Here are 10 inner west bars that are worth bee-lining it to.
The Lodge Bar
The Lodge Bar’s cosy, intimate feel always makes us feel at home. The combo of the antique, comfortable furniture, dim lighting and extensive drinks list makes for a great wintery night out. For those heading home from dinner, grab a glass of red and a chocolate brownie for the perfect nightcap.
The baby brother of runaway favourite, Hartsyard, is winning hearts all over the place. Enmore Road’s bar scene is starting to get all the more exciting, with The Gretz’s fresh new take on a seafood-focused menu, yummy, not over the top cocktails and a quirky interior featuring some denim upholstered bar stools (which are super comfortable by the way) spicing things up.
Mary’s famous burgers have garnered something of a cult following. The simple but oh-so-effective combination of good quality food and the chilled out rock’n’roll vibe make Mary’s stand out from your run-of-the-mill bars in Sydney. The drinks list is extensive, so choose from local favourites Young Henrys on tap, opt for a glass of wine or if you’re feeling a little bit fancy, try one of the cocktails. You can’t go wrong here.
Earl’s Juke Joint
Channeling old school New Orleans is Earl’s Juke Joint. Sporting a huge bar, candlelit tables and dark interiors, this Newtown small bar makes for a fun night out. Grab some friends and try out something from the long cocktail list—the Phife Dawg (rum, lime and sugar cane juice) and southern favourite, the Ramos Gin Fizz, are our picks of the list.
This Middle Eastern bar and restaurant is Glebe’s newest kid on the block. Opened by the team from Eat Art Truck of food truck fame, comes Thievery. A two level fanfare of tasty cocktails featuring unique flavours like candied dates, orange blossom and spiced apricots and of course, in true Middle Eastern fashion, a great selection of Arak. The food is not to be missed either, with a unique menu that goes above and beyond your regular bar snacks.
The Little Guy
We can never say no to free nibblies, and the Little Guy’s complimentary spiced popcorn always gets us snacking and wanting more. Specialising in Australian craft beer, boutique wines and a cocktail menu that is updated weekly, a stop off at here is never a disappointment. There’s also live music four nights a week and trivia on Mondays, making this friendly and lively bar a great local night out.
True to its name, Corridor may be on the small side but it makes up for it in a great layout—there’s lots of nooks and crannies to hideaway in, so whether your in the rooftop courtyard or in the lounge room, Corridor is a great place to enjoy a drink with mates.
The Oxford Tavern
The Oxford Tavern’s saucy history is part of what gives this place its all ‘round charm. After its refurbishment a couple of years ago, this Petersham pub has fast become a staple in the inner west. The great outdoor area, booths and plenty of pool tables coupled with a simple, American style menu is super tasty and hits all those cravings for greasy, but yum, pub food.
The Hive Bar
Erskineville’s famous Hive Bar is something of an institution. Always bustling with locals grabbing a drink or five, the friendly atmosphere is what keeps everyone coming back. Located on Erskineville’s main drag, this artistic hub boasts one of Sydney’s best espresso martinis, which means if you’re a fan of this cocktail, you might want to add this Sydney bar to your list.
This small bar in Glebe is popular for a number of reasons. These reasons include their cocktails (including the daily cocktail hour), the 2am open time, the music and their tapas menu. Sip on a classic cocktail or try something a little different (the dark & stormy is our pick), and order some food to share, you'll be marching to a different beat after a visit to Different Drummer.
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