What are the best bars in Sydney?

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Shitika Anand

Unlike other metropolitan cities, Sydney’s bar scene isn’t street specific. Instead the city is throwing down bars across the city centre through to the salty-aired outposts in the suburbs.

Watch the sunset at the quaint setting of the Opera Bar on the harbour with the city’s most spectacular views.

Head off to the surreal fairy light setting of The Winery for chilled vinos or step in pop-art heaven for espresso martinis at the Pocket Bar, both in Surry Hills.

If brushing shoulders with celebrities and socialites is on your agenda, Icebergs Dining Room and Bar and The Bucket List (both facing the world-famous views of Bondi Beach) should be on your itinerary.

Keep this on the hush, but Sydney is also known to house the country’s best speakeasy-style bars. Try Palmer & Co. nestled behind Establishment or acquaint with 20th century cocktails at Eau de Vie in Darlinghurst.

Quinn Connors

Sydney has a fantastic variety of bars featuring views of the water, live music and cocktails created with unique ingredients.

For stunning panoramas of Sydney Harbour, settle into Sydney Theatre Company’s Bar at the End of the Wharf to admire the floor-to-ceiling view of Harbour Bridge over share plates, or head to The Glenmore Hotel’s rooftop bar set against a backdrop of the iconic opera house to soak in Sydney’s CBD and Circular Quay under the twinkling night sky.

If you’re looking for a night out filled with live music, The Cuban Place across from the Queen Victoria Building presents live Cuban jazz Thursday through Friday, while Soda Factory in Surry Hills hosts local musicians for the bar’s Folk Club on Wednesdays, live swing and jazz concerts on Thursdays, and guest musicians and DJs on Fridays and Saturdays.

Cocktails are the way to go in these sister bars located throughout the city. Whether at speakeasy Stitch Bar, arty Pocket Bar or pirate Button Bar, each spot offers a creative cocktail menu that’s not to miss. My personal favorite is the Morning Dew at Pocket Bar, a light, frothy cocktail made from Bombay Gin, St Germain elderflower liqueur, lemon and coconut.

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