Between the exclusive hotel lobby bars, the trendy modern pubs, and the super-chic late-night hot-spots, Sydney’s packing its fair share of cool kid drinking destinations. So just where do all of the city’s hip young things get their kicks, you ask? Don your best threads and prepare to find out, with our pick of Sydney’s coolest bars as your guide.
Darlo Country Club
Darlinghurst
Darlo Country Club Coolest Bars
Take a peek at The Darlo Club’s effortless style and the fashionable folks enjoying it, and you’ll quickly see just how it’s marked itself as one of Sydney’s coolest bars. A nod to the country clubs of California, it’s like a little piece of Cali cool, right here in our own backyard – a destination for vibrant share plates, trendy cocktails, top-notch service, and plenty of good old fashioned socialising.
Della Hyde
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Della Hyde
DARLINGHURST
Della Hyde Coolest Bars
Taking its design cues from Wes Anderson’s pastel-hued back catalogue, this Darlinghurst delight attracts a stylish crowd of partygoers, dressed to impress and geared for an evening of stand-out cocktails, globally-inspired snack fare, and dance-worthy tunes. It’s a real treat after a long day at work, especially if you involve some $1 dumplings (Tuesdays), $1 wings (Wednesdays), or old-school RnB (Thursdays).
Watsons Bay Hotel
Watsons Bay
Watsons Bay Hotel Coolest Bars
A favourite party playground for scores of Sydney sophisticates is bayside beauty, The Watsons Bay Hotel. Here, just metres from the water, the party’s always in full swing, whether you’re socialising over a few fashionable Friday knock-offs, or enjoying some on-trend cocktails and DJ sounds at the weekend. The menu’s a smorgasbord of contemporary pub fare, and the view’s an absolute ripper.
The Sheaf
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The Sheaf
DOUBLE BAY
The Sheaf Coolest Bars
A sophisticated take on the modern-day pub, The Sheaf has a little something for everyone. It’s a sprawling joint with an array of designer spaces and a jam-packed offering pulling crowds every night of the week. Enjoy knock-offs amongst the buzz of the big, leafy beer garden; settle in for some modern eats and cocktails; or join the happy hordes of students partying hard on a Wednesday night.
Mojo Record Bar Coolest Bars
High up in the ranks of Sydney’s coolest drinking destinations is Mojo Record Bar, which rocks a vinyl store in front and a buzzing, warmly-lit bar in back. A must-visit for anyone with a penchant for great tunes, this one’s serving top-notch cocktails, a range of local beers, and a solid line-up of DJ’s and live acts to keep the crowd grooving through the night.
Charlie Parker’s
Paddington
Charlie Parker's Coolest Bars
A relative newcomer, Charlie Parker’s has already been deemed one of the cool kids of Sydney’s boozing scene, rocking a speakeasy-style space in the heart of Paddington. Not only does it look the part, but the booze situation has some serious swagger, driven by technique, boasting plenty of innovative flair, and inspired by a top-to-tail approach to local produce.
Zeta Bar Coolest Bars
The long-standing and legendary Zeta Bar remains as cool as ever, promising evenings filled with classy cocktails, sophisticated vibes, and fashionable friends. Up here, in a luxe space within the Hilton, the party’s always hip and happening, slipping elegantly from after-work drinks spot to late-night dance floor destination. Nab a spot on the balcony for one of Sydney’s most Insta-worthy views.
Hacienda Sydney Coolest Bars
For glam drinks with a supremo view, you’ll find it hard to beat harbourside stunner, Hacienda Bar. Perched right on the water, this swanky operation makes for one super cool drinking destination, its plush interiors equally inspired by Cuban plantation architecture and the hotels of 1950’s Miami. Channel your inner trendsetter as you sip clever rum cocktails and graze your way through the menu of luxe share food.
Ivy Pool Club Coolest Bars
Having long ago cemented its status as one of Sydney’s coolest bars, Ivy Pool Club draws crowds of well-heeled revelers to its chic poolside setting each weekend. Who needs a European vacation, when you can spend a session here, lounging around in private cabanas, splashing out on Italian-inspired eats and holiday-style cocktails, and blissing out to DJ tunes?