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Sydney's Best Cocktail Bars

18 Jul 2017

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Whether you’re looking to relax or blow off some steam after a long week, Sydney has no shortage of quality cocktail bars. Enjoy an old favourite or try something new – from rooftop to underground, Sydney’s bar scene has something for everyone.
Sydney locals and visitors need to tick these cocktail bars off their bucket list.

This Must Be The Place – 239 Oxford St, Darlinghurst

Run by two of the country’s top bartending veterans, This Must Be The Place is serious about quality. This Nordic-style bar offers creative cocktails in an airy, well-lit space that stands out among the dark and moody theme that has been trending.
While the menu is small, their unique spritzes and cocktails sure pack a punch, and you can request any drink you fancy.
Our drink pick:
Atlantic – Bulleit rye, gentian, verjuice, cedar, maple, and Abbott’s bitters.

Palmer & Co. – Abercrombie Ln, Sydney

Step back in time in this 1920s prohibition bar. Complete with bar staff in classic 1920s attire, Palmer & Co. offers more than just an extensive selection of spirits and impressive cocktail list – it’s a unique experience not to be missed.
Leave the kids at home and take a seat in the sophisticated cocktail lounge – perfect for a fancy date night!
Our drink pick:
Balboa Blue – Gin, sherry, allspice, pineapple, citrus.


Bulletin Place – 10-14 Bulletin Pl, Sydney

This funky cocktail bar may be tiny, but it has a huge reputation. The most awarded bar in Australia, Bulletin Place is recognised globally for its quality drinks and staff.
Laidback and intimate, sit back and relax with your favourite cocktail, whiskey, wine, or beer any day of the week.
Our drink pick:
We’d love to list one of our favourites, but their cocktail list changes daily depending on seasonal ingredients. All the more reason to visit regularly!

The Swinging Cat – 44 King St, Sydney

Below the streets of Sydney hides New Orleans-inspired underground cocktail bar, The Swinging Cat. Reminiscent of New Orleans’ French Quarter, this cool bar is great for unwinding after a long day at work (or at home with the kids!).
Sip on classic New Orleans cocktails, make your way through their signature mixes, or try their refreshing cold pressed cocktails, made with fresh juices.
Our drink pick:
Rue Royale – Vodka, vanilla, passionfruit puree, salted caramel, lemon and apple juice. Shaken and served up.


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