It may only be Monday but we're already planning mid-week drinks at some of the best bars in Sydney. Whether you prefer it shaken, stirred, or on the rocks, here are the best cocktail bars in Sydney's CBD.
One of the best bars in Sydney, Grandma's, is adorned with 60s kitsch, and serves home-style cocktails with true family hospitality. Cocktails vary from "Grandma's favourite tipples" to an exotic selection of Tiki-style creations. You can't go past the Ultimate Mai Tai or the Rhythm of Booze.
The Baxter Inn
From the boys behind the well-known Sydney bar, Shady Pines Saloon, their latest venture is equally tucked away, but this time in Sydney's CBD. Here the focus is on the whiskey, however the tower of liquor behind the bar is testament alone to the vast cocktail menu available for your post-work drinking pleasure. One of the best cocktail bars in Sydney and that's a promise.
With world-class cocktail experts behind the bar, Bulletin Place is at the summit of Sydney's drinking culture and definitely on our hit list of the best bars in Sydney. Compact in size and laid out industrially, this CBD watering hole serves up classic drinks crafted to perfection.
Embellished in Art Nouveau (pictured above), Sydney's newest CBD rum bar captures the height of Julio Lobo's Cuban sugar kingdom. Photographs and trinkets pay homage to Lobo's life, whilst the cocktails are inspired by the different regions of Cuba. You can't go past Fruits of a Caribbean Summer in the Jamaican Julep.
Assembly Bar is the lastest CBD hotspot (it's located within the bustling Regent Place) to be added to our list of the best bars in Sydney. Featuring a well-rounded list of meticulously created cocktails, this CBD bar keeps the crowd coming back for more. The drinks have plenty of textural elements and bold flavours, as do the share plates
Eau de Vie
Modelled on a 1920s speakeasy, Sydney bar, Eau de Vie combines an energetic ambiance, with some of the best mixologists in town. From vintage New Orleans whiskey and coffee concoctions, to fruit-heavy 1940s Tiki crowd pleasers, Eau de Vie's extensive cocktail menu is sure to repair your mid-week blues. Just a short stroll from Sydney's CBD will take you to this Darlinghurst hotspot, check out one of the appetising conctions below. Heading to Eau de Vie is a little like walking onto the set of Boardwalk Empire, a top pick on our best bars in Sydney hit list.
Both Sydney bar and a restaurant, Grasshopper is the ideal spot for knock-off drinks if your crew is keen to hit up one of the best bars in Sydney. Hidden in the centre of the CBD, it may be a mission to find this place, but the cocktail list is packed with gold. The interior is decked out with second-hand furniture and black and white photographs, reminiscent of the Mod scene.
The Hazy Rose
Housed in an old Stanley Street terrace, Sydney bar, The Hazy Rose is a place where all your cocktail desires will come true. The ever-changing cocktail list is packed with experimental brews—but the bartenders are also happy to whip up your favourites. There's a great selection of craft beers as well as an excellent wine list, so all drinking preferences are well catered for.
Rounding off our list of the best cocktail bars in Sydney's CBD, is Button Bar, the experts of rum and whiskey. Covering everything from Monkey Shoulder to Gosling Black Seal, Button Bar's extensive cocktail list is equally as impressive as its wooden interior fit out and refurbished furniture. Plus, with free pistachios, it's hard not to love this CBD cocktail haven.
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Image credit: Eau de Vie, Daryl Kong at The Baxter Inn and Lobo Plantation