If there’s one thing that Sydney is never short on, it’s a killer new bar (or 12). But since she’s such a fickle little beast, always trying to hide her new winners in awkward laneways that you’ll never find, we’ve decided to give you a not-so-little shove in the direction of all of our new faves.
We know, we’re so god damn nice and you’re welcome guys—these are our favourite new bars in Sydney for 2017 (so far).
Sauce Brewing Co
If you’re keen for flavour-poppin' new brews, Sauce Brewing Co is your latest go-to in the craft-beer capital of good ol’ Sydney town. Expect one helluva beer garden and taproom serving up fruitalicious pale ales and toffee infused red ale. Plus, they have tap-only special batches with hints of caramel and choc—you’re welcome.
Frenchie's Bistro & Brewery
It’s a match made in heaven when a new bar opens. It’s quite another thing is they also share our collective love for French Bulldogs and a damn good brew. Naturally, since Frenchie's Bistro & Brewery combines all of those things, it’s a hit. There’s a killer bar menu featuring pork rillettes and cheese boards which go hand-in-hand with Frenchies’ five main beers including the likes of German kolsch and Australian red rye ale.
Heads up, we found you legends a new cocktail bar to spend your Fri-yay nights. Meet Monkey's Corner. The super Poernomo bros (i.e. the guys behind KOI Dessert Bar) have nailed the mini-bar feels with this hole-in-the-wall set-up. Think Asian-tapas feeds and martini’s made with rum, lychee and rose. Exactly.
Wings and Tins
If the sound of a T-Bone doom juice doesn’t get you excited, we don’t know what will. For lovers of wings and tinnies, this one is an absolute no brainer. And FYI, this magical place has over 40 different cold ones with IPAs, pale ales, lagers, stouts, pilsers and ciders. Like we said, it’s a no brainer.
Husk & Vine
If you’re a fan of bread and wine (of course you are), then Husk & Vine is the place you’ll basically want to move into. Because what is life without spiced rum cocktails served in brass textured mugs topped with pineapple?
Much like the name suggests, Jamaica House is serving up a delicious combo of Caribbean feeds and cheeky tiki cocktails. And FYI that means concoctions of white rum, fresh banana and coco lopez paired with all the jerk wings.
Yep, The Butler’s newest addition is the groovy (yes, we mean groovy), Juanita’s. Named after Victoria Street’s famous former resident, journalist Juanita Nielsen, it’s said that this brilliant human saved the very building The Butler occupies from developers in the 70s (do you get the groovy reference now? You got it). It’s safe to say, we think you’re going to like it here. The drinks menu is a total dream.
Sir Allen Taylor
Benny Sweeten is quickly becoming the love of our lives (the guy behind Kansas City Shuffle and Tuxedo) and now this ledge has conquered the bar trifecta by blessing our streets with Sir Allen Taylor. The bevvies here are already a hit with jaffa martinis, passionfruit mojitos and you can even to pimp your own cocktail.
Say hello to the new little wine bar called Where’s Nick. It has an immaculate feature wall with all the wine bottles (we do mean allllll) and a menu stocked with all the exotic drops (again, allllll). Whoever you are Nick, you’re brill.
Bridge Bon Appetit
Restaurant Hubert is the type of gem that constantly ups its foodie (and booze) game. Bridge Bon Appetit is the fresh addition overlooking the main dining room that boasts a revolving cocktail menu. Let that sink in.
Three words: rooftop pool bar. If there’s one thing us Sydney-siders love it’s the irresistible mix of a good view, fairy lights, cabanas and all the wine. But let’s be honest, Level Seven had us sold on the rooftop pool bar business. Seriously, it’s lush AF.
Jacoby’s Tiki Bar
It’s dark. It’s chatty. It’s full of people wearing outstanding party-shirts. It’s Jacoby’s Tiki Bar. This island-style nook has all you need for a good-time and knocking back tropical cocktails of the gigantic kind. Wines are divided by colour (ie. it makes for easy reading) and their beer includes Pacific faves like Hawaiian Kona Big Wave Golden Ale and Hanalei Island IPA.
Howard’s Cantina & Cocktail Bar
The top floor of the Rose of Australia Hotel has had a pretty massive face lift recently, and all of you Inner Westies are about to be pretty damn pleased about it. Aptly named, Howard’s Cantina & Bar, is all about great food and even better cocktails (only just). Kick off with a smoked negroni, then move onto some comfort food, like the mashed potato with three (yes three) different fats, and the whole whey-braised lamb shoulder. You know you want to.
The Long Goodbye
If there’s one thing that Darlinghurst needed one more of, it’s a cocktail bar (ahem). We’ll agree that this Inner East locale is heaving with delish cocktails, but The Long Goodbye is different from what you’re picturing right now (we know you, okay), with a cosy interior, dim lighting and delicious cocktails to boot. Our top picks are any of their whiskey cocktails and allllll of the bar snacks.
In true Sydney fashion, you’d never know that this delicious little bar is hiding down a CBD alleyway unless you were told about it. Since that’s kind of our job, we’ll let you in on the city’s newest secret—Alleyway. This small bar is the master of all things cocktail, craft brew, boutique wines and backyard vibes. They even serve Hawke’s Lager (as in former PM of Australia—that Hawke) on tap, you know, for the LOLs.
A cheeky littler bar has just opened in Enmore—specifically, inside the newly renovated Queens Hotel. This little guy only seats 40, so you’ll either want to get in early, or book the whole place out for your next party. The fit out is all dark-stained timber, gold accents and green walls (it works, we promise) and with the team from Smelly Goat behind the bar, the cocktails and tipples here are top notch. Hot tip: head here for pre-drinks, then pop downstairs to Queen Chow to feast.
MOLO at Manta
If snacks are one of your favourite things (of course they are), then listen in, because MOLO at Manta is the newest aperitivo to open in Sydney and this one is sitting on prime harbour side real estate. Here it’s all about the vino and the share plates, so take some mates, settle in, grab a bottle and and order one of everything (trust us).
By the same legendary brains behind your fave wheel of cheese pasta (ahem, Buffalo Dining Club), Johnny Fishbone is Darlinghurst’s newest wine bar serving a Spanish-style tapas menu. This is great because it means that food envy ain’t even a thing here, with share plates like the flat iron steak served with creamy parsnip puree, parsnip chips and a bright green horseradish gremolata. The toughest decision will come when you tackle the 60-strong wine list—you’ve been warned, people.
Deep Groove is 100% a choose your own adventure kind of joint. First you’ll head to the bar to choose your drink, then choose your fave song from their massive collection of vinyl, then settle on in with your mates and wait for your jam to come on. They also do a mean happy hour from 5pm – 7pm, with epic cocktails like their DeepGroove yuzu cocktail for only 10 dollarydoos.
Not going to Europe this winter? Yeah yeah, you’re sick of being reminded—we aren’t either. Instead we’ll be hanging by the beach (that’s Bondi Beach, FYI), with a glass (read: bottle) of wine in one hand and at least 10 pintxos plates in the other. It isn’t quite Spain, but it’s still a pretty fab way to spend a Friday.
Hiding down the quieter end of Darlinghurst Road, Black Bottle is an old school wine bar—the décor is exposed bricks with dark timber accents and classic cocktails coming over the bar. The food menu is all about the bar treats, like the pigs cheek croquettes, BBQ scallops with crispy jamon and samphire, and pickled sardines. They also have a pretty mean charcuterie menu—just saying.
Rooftop bars are always an absolute winner, but when they overlook the harbour, they suddenly become the best Saturday night situation that you’ve had all month. Zephyr Bar will be pumping come summer, but we still recommend that you head here during the cooler months as well—we promise that the barrel aged cocktails, food menu that’s infused with wine AND rum (yep) won’t disappoint, and that their blankets will keep you cosy AF.
Three Bottle Man
This café come bar is nestled behind Circular Quay and they serve a little bit of literally everything. Three Bottle Man has got your back, with a menu that features a few choice monthly picks from the sommelier and an Australian-only drinks menu. On the food front, you’ll love their late night bar eats—think charcuterie boards with mustard and sourdough, and our personal fave, the duck leg confit waffles with as much maple syrup as you can handle.
Mr. G’s is an authentic New York steakhouse serving kick arse cocktails and all of the American cliché dishes. For food, this means you’ll be able to order a big ol’ slice of key lime pie, lamb ribs with Grandma G’s slaw, and fish tacos. If you’re just heading here for the drinks, then it’s the smokey joe all the way. Intrigued? Yeah, you should be.
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Johnny Fishbone, Can Cava, Sir Allen Taylor & Howard's Cantina | Image credit: Caitlin Hicks