Where To Find The Best Specialty Bars In Sydney

From secret basement whisky rooms to glamorous cocktail bars, Sydney has your poison of choice well sorted. Here are six of the finest.

Eau De Vie, Darlinghurst. Sydney Bars and Nightlife.

Eau De Vie, Darlinghurst.

Best for – Old Hollywood Glamour

Head to Eau-de-Vie to sip delicious cocktails in sumptuous 1920s-style surrounds. This dimly lit, Prohibition-style bar specialises in handcrafted cocktails and high-end spirits. Lover of the malt? Then wander into the ‘secret’ Whisky Room to revel in the selection of rare tipples.

The Baxter Inn, Sydney. Sydney Bars and Nightlife.

The Baxter Inn, Sydney.

Best for – Whiskey Lovers

This basement bar, located down an alleyway off Clarence Street, is famed for its extensive selection of international whiskies. Whether you’re partial to an American blend or prefer a fiery Highlands Scotch, the bartenders at The Baxter are more than capable of finding something you’ll love.

Lobo Plantation, Sydney. Sydney Bars and Nightlife

Lobo Plantation, Sydney.

Best for – Rum, Rum, and more Rum

This Caribbean-influenced bar serves more than 250 different types of local and international rum. If you’re game, take a ‘Rum Flight’: choose a region and let the Lobo bartenders lead you on a journey around its signature rums.

Grandma's, Sydney. Sydney Bars and Nightlife

Grandma’s Bar, Sydney.

Best for – Kitschy Cocktails

Grandma’s occupies a series of small cavernous rooms in a basement locale just behind the Queen Victoria Building. It has a very laid-back, kitschy vibe, helped in no small way by the friendly hipsters behind the bar, who’ll concoct cocktails ranging from the ‘right now’ (a peanut butter colada) to the classic (Knickerbocker, anyone?).

Bitter Phew, Darlinghurst. Sydney Bars and Nightlife

Bitter Phew, Darlinghurst.

Best for – World-class Craft Beer

From its perch above busy Oxford Street, Bitter Phew offers craft-beer fans 12 rotating taps, pouring the best in small-batch brewing from around the world. IPAs, stouts, porters and red ales from makers such as Nail Brewing Australia, Garage Project and Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales will warm the cockles of any beer lover. 

Cantina OK!, Sydney CBD

Best for – World-class Craft Beer

Blink and you might miss this tiny hole in the wall in equally tiny Council Place off Clarence Street in the city. But once you find it, you may never want to leave, so good are the mezcal-based offerings. Mezcal, you ask? It’s a clear, agave-based spirit from Mexico and here you can taste a hand-curated selection of mezcals, along with muy bien cocktails like the daiquiri made with house-spiced rum.

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