Historically, hotel lobby bars were the kind you’d only drink at if you were staying on site and jet lag had rendered you too useless to venture any further. Usually stuffy spaces, with unimaginative decor, minimal personality and a somewhat uninspired drinks offering. These days, however, it’s a whole different kettle of fish, with hotels across Sydney playing host to some truly top-notch drinking dens. We’ve done some digging and found a bunch of Sydney hotel bars you’ll actually want to drink at – pull up a seat at one of these great spots, tonight.

Zeta Bar @ The Hilton – CBD

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Known for its classy interiors, ground-breaking cocktails and stunning terrace, this glam hotel bar sure lives up to its Hilton address. Up here, you’ll find an ornate space that’s guaranteed to impress, alongside drinks that are worth writing home about. The crowd is always sophisticated, with DJs heating up the mood for a hip hop and RnB club night every Saturday.

Marble Bar @ The Hilton – CBD

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Another stylish Hilton offering, this hotel bar will transport you to different era, thanks to its heritage features, ornate styling and plush furnishings. It’s an upscale, yet comfortable drinking spot, where you can catch up with friends over a top wine, craft beer or classic cocktail, all while enjoying live tunes from some great local talent.

The Push @ The Russell Hotel – The Rocks

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The Push, located within boutique Rocks hotel, The Russell, is a small but chic hotel bar that’s simply dripping with history. A favourite meeting place of left-wing intellectuals from the late ‘40s to early ‘70s, the elegant bar is now your go-to for some sophisticated drinks and modern Australian fare. There’s acoustic tunes every Sunday and $12 signature cocktails on Thursdays.

Hacienda @ The Pullman Quay Grand – Sydney Harbour

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The newly unveiled Hacienda is nothing short of stunning; a Cuban-inspired oasis of a hotel bar, that you’ll find within the equally beautiful Pullman Quay Grand. Be transported to some glamorous tropical destination, as you quaff (surprisingly affordable) signature cocktails, nibble sophisticated South American fare and soak up those sweeping harbour views.

The Lobby Bar @ Primus Hotel – CBD

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Boasting stunning Art Deco styling, to match a very elegant drinks offering, the Lobby Bar has no shortage of wow factor. You’ll find this super stylish hotel bar within the Primus Hotel – a luxe pit-stop for after-work drinks, an upscale date-night or even that weekend high tea fix. Indulge in one of the specialty Martinis, while you tuck into a club sandwich and soak up all the fancy feels.

The Gilt Lounge @ QT Sydney – CBD

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Up on the third floor of QT Sydney, the Gilt Lounge is a hotel bar with plenty of swagger. Settle in and luxe up your evening with some innovative cocktails, flutes of bubbly and a swanky snacks menu, all while grooving to the hottest lounge tunes. Open until 2am on the weekends, it’s a favourite late-night spot for those discerning CBD revellers.

Daniel San @ The Novotel Manly Pacific – Manly

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Daniel San is about as edgy as hotel bars come, serving up modern Japanese eats, funky cocktail creations and all the rock’n’roll vibes you can handle. Swing by for a sake-matched feast, or just to kick back with a few clever drinks, big tunes and epic ocean views. There’s a solid weekday happy hour, as well as half-price cocktails every Thursday.

Grain Bar @ The Four Seasons – CBD

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Whisky fans will find themselves in heaven at The Four Seasons’ hotel bar, which features one of Australia’s largest selections of the spirit, alongside a serious line-up of boutique beers, fine wines and clever cocktails. The striking space has a luxe, masculine feel, proving the ideal backdrop for a well-crafted Old Fashioned or smooth Scotch single malt.