If there's one cocktail that can cure Mondayitis, act as a hump day pick-me-up and allow you to celebrate the weekend in style, it's the time-honoured Negroni. Equal parts gin, Campari and sweet vermouth with a fresh orange peel, the Negroni is as refreshing as it is warming; and to celebrate its versatility, we've compiled a list of Sydney's best Negronis, and there are some seriously innovative bartenders out there. Cheers!
Nomad | Surry Hills
The Mediterranean-inspired menu at Nomad is perfectly paired with their signature Negroni that is barrel-aged in new American oak for precisely 41 days, and believe us, Urban Listers, it is well worth the wait.
The Cotton Thief | Cremorne
We're loving the convict theme at this small bar on the north side. The Cotton Thief's cocktail list features a choice of three Negronis - classic, Riberry, or Espresso, so there are at least three reasons to make yourself comfortable at the bar.
Bat Country | Randwick
It would be silly to assume the team at Bat Country do anything by the rules, and their cocktail list is no exception. Their twist on a Negroni, the Disponee, contains Gin, Suze gentian liqueur, Lillet blanc and orange, and will do its best not to give you hallucinations.
Aperitivo | Leichhardt
If you're searching for authentic Italian fare, it's hard to go past Leichhardt's Aperitivo. These guys offer a classic Negroni, as well as a subtler Negroni Sbagliato (with a splash of prosecco) if boozy cocktails ain't your jam.
The Gilt Lounge, QT Sydney | CBD
It appears The Gilt Lounge QT Sydney's quirkiness has no limits, and this certainly extends to the bar. These guys have an impressive five Negronis on their list – yes, you're going to have a tough decision on your hands. The good news is they're all delicious. We tried all five – in the name of research, of course!
The Pony Room | Manly
You'll feel a world away from the beach at this retro-styled bar in the heart of Manly. With the combination of dim lighting, comfy lounges and a great music – it would be downright rude not to partake in a Negroni at The Pony Room.
Toko Restaurant and Bar | Surry Hills
A Negroni with a Japanese twist? We'll take four, please. The Toko Negroni makes use of barrel-aged gin for a more delicate and subtle taste that is perfectly paired with Toko's izakaya dining style.
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