Sydney Drink

Little snap shot of my favorite bars and pubs in Sydney CBD area…I am no expert it’s just my opinion…


The Doss House: Cosy bar tucked away in the Rocks. The entrance is through a beautiful court yard with fairy lights. It is very small but has table service so not to crowded. There was live music when we went and with the music and drinks it created such a relaxing vibe we could have stayed all night.

Frankie’s Pizza: Great Friday night stop when happy hour after work escalates. Try a slice of their Pizza and fresh apple juice and vodka. See if you can find the secret Whiskey bar…

Burrow Bar: Great spot tucked away across the street from Wynyard Station. Big wine list and not that well known so great if it is raining as it won’t be slammed.

The Australian: Located in The Rocks. Really good pub for meeting up with friends after work. In the summer, with everyone stood outside it reminds me of a pub from London.

Soda Factory: This place has food deals all week and on a weekend it’s a great night club. Whether you want to go dancing on a Saturday or watch a movie on a Monday this place has so much going on. Just down from Central station it makes the perfect place to grab dinner with friends after work and not break the bank.

The Mercantile: An Irish pub in The Rocks. Always has live music on a weekend and a really good vibe. On St Patricks Day this is the pub to be in. This year people waited up to three hours to get into their street party! Pub food available.

The Glenmore: You can either grab a table in the pub or head up to the roof top to take in the view of the Opera House. During the week it is a bit quieter if you want a table but on a Friday and Saturday night this place gets pretty busy. Food available.

The Ivy: This is the biggest venue in Sydney and includes a pool bar. I went on a Thursday when it is free entry as a back packer and it was crazy. I much prefer going on a Friday after work for some pub grub and happy hour deals. It also has gigs all year round.

Bulletin Place Bar: It is just down the street from Circular Quay hidden away. I love cocktails and this place serves some of the best. The bar staff rip down there paper menu every day and create the menu there and then on the next piece of paper. Food available.

The Norfolk: Taco Tuesday was always a hit when I lived just down the street from this Redfern pub. It has a quirky beer garden and a welcoming atmosphere. I have eaten here a few times and the food is great and I have also had a few nights in this pub. I love there mulled wine in winter and the chilled atmosphere of this pub.

The Wild Rover: A hidden Irish whiskey bar very close to Central Station. It has no signs outside but you know you have reached the front door when you see a bouncer. You always get a warm welcome by the bar and staff when you go in. It’s a really good Saturday night bar if you are in the area. Upbeat fun vibe it would be a great first date bar. Food available.

The Smoking Panda: This bar is just next to Woolworth’s by Town Hall Station. Another great cocktail bar famous for its Doughnut Martini which is yummy. They also have food deals through the week it is mainly Asian nibbles. This bar always makes me feel like I am in a old school Kung-Fu movie.

The Palisades: Located at the edge of The Rocks it is worth the walk through. The pub downstairs provides great beers and pub grub. If you are looking for something fancier they have a cocktail bar on the top floor. Just ride the lift up and you will have one of the best views to gaze at as you drink a cocktail. They have a different food menu for the bar upstairs as well which also provides great food. If you have visitors from out of Sydney this is the bar to take them to for that Sydney rooftop view.


The Door Knock: This hidden bar is also in the CBD not far from Wynyard. Follow the sound of applause down the dark hallway until you reach the door knock. This bar is beautifully decorated and has a very chilled out vibe to it. We had the veggie platter when we went and a few cocktails they were brilliant and the food was delicious. Highly recommend this for a catch up with one of your friends.

Lobo Plantation: If you like Rum head to this bar. This Rum bar is about a 10 min walk from Townhall. It’s got that fun crazy vibe with flame torches going off finishing there cocktails and loud music. I had some Birthday drinks in here the other year and it was great everyone getting different cocktails and sharing… almost tapas for cocktails. The list is huge so you can always go back and try a new one. Food available.

Duke of Clarence: If you are English like me and are ever home sick go to this pub. It is based on a London boozer and they really have it all….including Scotch Eggs, Fish and Chip Butty’s and Speckled Hen! Also once you are finished up you only have to walk across the court yard to one of the best bars in the world…the Baxter’s Inn

Baxters Inn: Walking down what looks like the cellar entrance is in fact the entrance to one of the most famous bars in Sydney. It is dimly lit but you cannot ignore all the bottles of whiskey on the back of the bar. If you have a friend who loves whiskey take them here they will thank you later.

Bloody Mary’s: I have eaten and drank in this Darlinghurst Bar. The Bloody Mary’s are of course what they are known for and they taste great and look incredible. I have had lunch here as well at the Bondi location and it was a lovely meal.

Big Poppa’s: Wine, cheese and hip hop…the best ingredients of any night out. I would recommend booking a table this bar is not that big and fills up fast. We were lucky enough to have a table for 45min. We ordered some wine and cheese. It is amazing. I want to go back here and try more of the cheese and wine. The touches around the bar in honour of Big Poppa himself will please any Hip Hop fan.

Shangri-La: Great date night location. The bar has a front section where you have to wait for a table…WAIT! it is worth it. MK and I got a table right in the front window an enjoyed a bottle of wine looking over the Harbor Bridge it is a really special place.