Bars & Pubs

Small Bars You Must Check Out In Sydney

By Amy Neumann
27th Nov 2013

For your drinking and dining pleasure, we've roundup Sydney's top 10 small bars. Head to one of these glorious small bars for a glass of vino and some tasty fare!

Shop And Wine Bar | Bondi

This hole-in-the-wall Bondi establishment is a great spot to while away the afternoon over a glass of wine. The space may be small but the wine list is certainly impressive! Add a cheese plate and you are set for the perfect start to the evening.

Button Bar | Surry Hills

Find the unmarked wooden door to this secret Surry Hills bar and witness the mysterious, nautical-like interior unfold before your eyes. Navigating the menu will be your second challenge, as a long list of cocktails and specialty spirits are set to tantalise your tastebuds.

Small Bar | Crows Nest

Located in Crows Nest, Small Bar's beautiful courtyard makes for a bustling alfresco space. With an extensive wine list, beers, cider and scotch on offer, this small bar is the perfect location for a big bite and a few drinks with friends. 

Hemingway's | Manly

As a finalist in the running for Australia's Best Small Bar by Smallbarfly, Hemingways is adding a touch of old-school sophistication to Sydney's drinking scene. Here, you can order a glass of good ol' passion pop, or take your pick from a selection of craft beers on tap. This Manly watering hole is a charming spot to grab a drink post-surf.

121BC | Surry Hills

This glorious wine bar will take your palate on a journey across Europe—scouring drops from the cities of Italy and beyond. The extensive wine list changes each month, but the desire to sit, linger and drink into the night makes this spot a keeper. 

Vasco Bar | Surry Hills

With an overall rock 'n' roll ambiance and music-inspired 'Vasco Playlist' of cocktails, a drink or two will really get you in the swing of things. Combined with a selection of tasty eats, head to Vasco bar to cast your mid-week work blues far, far away.

Darlie Laundromatic | Darlinghurst

It's not just the tasty morsels and drinks on offer which will get your feet moving toward this quaint Darlinghurst bar—Darlie Laundromatic also puts on some seriously cool events. Make sure you head down on Wednesday nights for Rock 'n' Roll Bingo. There's nothing quite like sipping cocktails beneath a string of hanging laundry . . .

Love, Tilly Devine | Darlinghurst

Love, Tilly Devine boasts a wine list over 300 strong. Take in the industrial brick space with warm wooden furnishings, and relax with your favourite glass of red or white. This is the epitome of wine dining—and you can't go past the delicious cheese board.

Chapter One Coffee And Wine Room | Bondi Beach

While set in the very heart of Sydney's bustling Bondi Beach, Chapter One has managed to retain its quiet charm and laidback beach sensibility. Offering boutique wines, a carefully curated menu and cosy interior, this is the kind of cave you'll love getting lost in.

Corridor Bar | Newtown

This Newtown neighbourhood bar unfolds like a rambling rabbit hole, boasting an upstairs outdoor deck, and downstairs bar crammed with comfy armchairs. Head there early for $10 tasty house cocktails (weekdays 5pm-7pm) and $5 pints.

Image credit: Pratos e Travessas

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