The 10 Best Bars In Sydney
World Bar: 25 Bayswater Rd.
An Intro Travel favorite, World Bar is the best scene in Sydney on Wednesday nights. For a day drink, try one of their delicious teapot mixers on the Victorian style terrace out front. At night, World Bar is a favorite for backpackers with great house music and a killer dance floor in the back.
The Baxter Inn: 152-156 Clarence St.
The whiskey list alone is enough to make your knees buckle. Their service is fantastic, and although it’s continually ranked one of the best bars in the world, the Baxter Inn has stayed true to its tradition – “No bookings, functions, or door list. Everyone is welcome.”
Burrow Bar: De Mestre Pl. (Look for the dimly lit B)
Hop off George Street, go down the alleyway, and pop into the Burrow Bar basement. Burrow Bar is one of Sydney’s coolest and coziest places to drink. All the mixers are made in house, and cocktails are always prepared fresh for the season. If you’re hungry, the Reuben sandwich is fantastic.
Opera Bar: Right next to the opera house. You’ll see it.
If you’re in Sydney, you have to hit the Opera Bar. It’s on the water with a perfect view of the bridge and the opera house. Watch the boats go by and enjoy their impressive wine list and delicious cocktails. For live music, come by at seven any day of the week.
Mary’s: 6 Mary St.
If you like Black Sabbath, greasy burgers, and local beer, stop what you’re doing right now and run down to Mary’s. The atmosphere is totally punk with graffiti all over the walls and heavy Scottish accents behind the bar. The fried chicken and mash n gravy are also some of the best in the city.
Smoke: 35 Barangaroo Ave.
One of the hottest new bars in Sydney, Smoke is must try on our best bar list. It’s the rooftop bar on the Barangaroo House’s insane three level eatery. The views of the harbor are breathtaking, and the cocktail list is just as good with over 40 creative mixes to choose from.
Earl’s Juke Joint: 407 King St.
Walking into Earl’s, you’ll teleport from Newtown into an old Louisiana soul saloon. The space was a butcher shop that was renovated in 2013, and the brick interior and rustic ambiance give a peek of its roots. Sit down for dinner and enjoy delicious food, swamp rock, and expertly made cocktails.
The Lobo Plantation: 209 Clarence St.
With over 250 bottles dating back as far as 1930, you won’t find a better rum list in Sydney. Red vinyl booths, banana palms, and flamingo tiles, give the Lobo Plantation an awesome old Cuban style atmosphere. For food, try their famous empanadas or Cuban sandwich.
The Wild Rover: 75 Campbell St.
Everyone’s always having a good time at The Wild Rover. Tucked just out of street view, it’s a local favorite in Surry Hills. The atmosphere is Irish pub plus a little New York chic minus the pomp. Their mind-blowing whiskey collection features famous distilleries from all over the world.
Scary Canary: 469 Kent St.
For your big night out, hit the Scary Canary. This backpacker favorite always keeps the party going until the early hours. The drink prices are probably the best you’ll find in the city, and on Sundays it's fifty cent wings all day. You just can’t pass that up!
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