For us, 2016 has been all about the small bar, and so far we have been spoilt for choice with all of the new bars in Sydney. With their dim lighting, boutique bar offerings and that special one-on-one relationship with our favourite bartender, we just can’t go past a brand new bar that ticks all of the boxes. It was a rough day in the office whittling down our favourites, but for you guys, we’ve done it and these are the best new bars in Sydney (so far).
Bar Brosé has weaseled their way into our rosé loving hearts this year, with their European-heavy wine list and bar snack ways. Occupying the space that once held The Passage, we are pretty happy that Darlinghurst’s newest recruit understands our love of a crisp white and late night dining. Available until 1.30am, their food menu packs a punch and our favourites are the super flaky Comté gougère and the late night sandwich. They are also proving it impossible to pass up dessert—we’re looking at you, crisp potato, brown butter mousse, salted caramel
Moya’s Juniper Lounge
Featuring an old world cocktail list with gin at its core, Moya’s Juniper Lounge is the kind of place that you should definitely head for a civilised night out with your mates. But don’t let the crystal glasses fool you because one look at the bar display filled with spirit options, international wine list and selection of craft beers will be enough to convince you to settle in for a long night (and potentially sleepy morning after).
The Barber Shop
Following the success of their CBD flagship, this is the second outpost of The Barber Shop and it has quickly become a favourite among the local business crew as a respite from the Barangaroo bustle. This is multi-tasking at its finest, with their genius mullet business model—that’s business in the front and party in the back, FYI. Primarily a barber shop (hence the name), those in the know are aware of the fact that it's harbouring a boutique cocktail lounge in the corner. It is perhaps Sydney's smallest of small bars and is complete with more than 40 gins and whiskies, bottled cocktails and bespoke male grooming brands for you to buy and take home. This is the ideal spot to refresh your look and enjoy a G&T in the process.
Home to some of Sydney’s best Malaysian eats, Lazy Suzie pays homage to its Asian roots by incorporating classic Malaysian flavours like pandan, jasmine and lemongrass. The food menu is thorough, covering off lunch and dinner with a selection of starters, salads and hawker style food. We recommend that you skip the tough decisions and order the banquet because #yolo. You should really give a few of their signature cocktails a whirl like the For Cherie’s Sake (Fino sherry, sake, torched ginger flower, cucumber, pineapple, purple yam, Spanish bitters) or the Penang Blazer (cubaney spiced rum, botrytis Riesling, macadamia, banana leaf, burlesque bitters, peychaud’s bitters), which is perfect for winter since it is served hot.
We didn’t think that Kensington Street could get any better. That was our first mistake, because time and time again, they make us all hot under the collar with a new arrival and since we love us some fusion cuisine, Bar Chinois has rightfully found its place on this list. This is the place where East meets West, in the best possible way. Their menu features daily specials that are equally as fun to say, as they are to devour—Lazy Mary Sundays has a nice ring to it, no?
If you consider good vino and tasty share plates your thing, then Mistelle is the ideal location for your next night out. Open for lunch and dinner, the food menu embraces their French roots, so when your escargot cravings kick in, this is where you should head. Their wine list features favourites from Australian, French and New Zealand for the most part and pairs perfectly with a three-cheese plate and hand cut charcuterie.
Cake Wines Cellar Door
Cake Wines Cellar Door brings the best of the Adelaide Hills to the heart of Redfern and they have awesome events happening every night, Wednesday through Sunday. Aside from their selection of wines that you can quaff at the Cellar Door (or take home for a night in) or their pizza and boards food menu to munch on, there are also DJs, live sets and food and wine tasting experiences starting from $15 on the weekends. The real kicker: there is free entry every night, but you should probably book a table to be sure.
The newly opened cocktail bar sitting on Skittle Street (behind King Street) is making a splash on the small bar scene in Sydney. Their bespoke cocktail list is filled with concoctions that cleverly combine their house made sodas with ingredients like cacao butter, fermented pineapple and sandalwood (not all in the same cocktail) that are perfect for a post-work drink come mid week. To soak up the cocktails, craft wines and beers, they’ve also put together a small and succinct food menu to match. Think bar snacks like macadamias with lemon myrtle dukkah and olive oil or a more substantial Mom’s banh mi, which is a Vietnamese pork terrine sandwich with house pickles, chilli, coriander and eschallot oil, plus the main event, shredded pork skin.
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