Winter definitely has gripped the city, bringing the rain, wind and all manner of chilliness. While the obvious first response is to snuggle up at home in front of whichever Netflix series you’re currently binge watching, resist as hard as you can and head out!
We’ve found the best bars in Sydney to warm up, grab some mulled wine and while away the afternoon. After a glass of slow mulled, spiced goodness, you’ll soon forget about the weather outside.
Good things can come in small packages and this is certainly true for this CBD small bar. As you could guess by the name, it’s a cosy spot that’s pretty much designed for wintery evenings. Head in after work with someone special and warm up with a glass of mulled wine.
Fika Swedish Kitchen
Fika is a gorgeously bright and fresh space located a stone’s throw from Manly beach. In addition to a fabulous collection of $10 cocktails, this Sydney restaurant has their own house glögg that would make a perfect addition to lunch. The Scandinavians really know how to do winter properly!
The Little Guy
A beautiful little space to share a warming drink with friends. With flower pots and a watering can hanging over the large wooden bar, this quirky bar ticks all the appropriate hipster boxes. There’s also live music from local artists on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays if you wanted some decent background tunes.
Since I Left You
Described as ‘your neighbourhood small bar’, Since I Left You is a more sophisticated hang-out to get your mulled wine hit. It’s run by best buds, Nick and Elvis who’ve given the heritage-listed stone house a real 1920’s feel. We reckon you should grab a few glasses of the slow mulled vino and a selection platter of antipasti, charcuterie and cheeses. Indulgence at its best.
The Powder Keg
Wonderfully eccentric, the legendary gin joint does more than a spectacular G&T. If you can resist their innovative cocktail menu, settle down in a corner and sip on their own and very creative take on mulled wine (see the photo!). Rumoured to be as lethal as their own concoctions, you might want to take it easy!
The Duck Inn
This Sydney pub already has a killer selection of wines and beers but their mulled wine is our top pick for winter. Cosy up in an armchair and while away an afternoon. Who knows, maybe you’ll even get a glimpse of the pub cat?
A family owned bar, built with literal blood, sweat and tears, this perfect little hideaway in Potts Point is serving up both mulled wine and cider. The wine is slow mulled with spiced fruits and chocolately accents plus it smells amazing. Parsons is warm and welcoming, the perfect place to keep out of the cold.
The most happenin’ joint in Manly is a great spot to keep warm this winter. With five (yes, five!) drinking spots to choose from in the hotel, you can match the interior to your mood. Why not pair your mulled wine with a bit of live music, you can nearly always find someone performing in this beachside pub.
Still looking for somewhere to warm up with a wine? Check out Sydney's best cosy bars for winter.
Image credit: The Powder Keg