Sydney's drinking scene is awash with hidden gems, and it's here that some of the best cocktails in Sydney are hiding. Join us as we take you off the beaten track on this city's best bar crawl.
We begin our evening at Darlinghurst's Pocket Bar. One of Sydney's original small bars (before they were cool), Pocket Bar continues to serve up some of the best cocktails in town. And the bar food is equally as delicious. Putting a twist on street food staples, the menu draws its inspiration from the Americas with classics like jerk chicken, pulled pork tamales and Navajo tacos. Wash it down with a Ginger Ninja, Take Your Clothes Off or Day Of The Dead cocktail.
On the other side of Surry, and a wee bit down Foveaux Street is where our next spots lies – Button Bar. Behind unmarked timber doors sits this dimly lit pirate's den, replete with black leather booths, barrels of rum and free-flowing pistachios. The house-infused spiced rum with pressed pear juice is the grog of choice, but you'll also want to order a Breakfast In Kentucky: Maker's Mark fat-washed with sticky date pudding, stirred with vanilla gomme and a dash of Angostura bitters. Aye! There's margarita and hot Spanish salami pizzas served all night and a charcuterie board for ye fancy folk.
We now find ourselves in the speakeasy heart of Sydney's CBD. Look for a hole-in-the-wall shop front lined in old Singer sewing machines, and descend the stairs into one of Sydney's best small bars – Stitch Bar. Serious cocktails are the order of the day, paired back with Texan-styled chilli, soft tacos and hot dogs with a side of curly fries. Try the Voodoo Child, Clover Club and Beetlejuice, or take your pick from more than 50 whisky varieties. This basement bar guarantees a good night out, and it's open till late so you don't get stitched up at lockout.
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