10 Bars For 10 Different Situations

Whether you’re planning birthday drinks for a friend or you just want a few, quiet cheeky beers, there’s always a bar to suit your needs! 

For a great view of the city
Opera Bar - Circular Quay

When you want one of the best views of the beautiful city of Sydney, there’s no better place than Opera Bar. Have a glass of bubbly and maybe a few oysters as you gaze upon the iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

For Girls’ Night
L’il Darlin Bars - Surry Hills, Darlinghurst, Randwick

Ever been in the mood to try a fairy floss martini or a hundreds and thousands cocktail? These are some of the prettiest cocktails in Sydney, and who better to try them with than your closest girlfriends?

For some Beers and a Burger
Mary’s - Newtown

Sometimes you just need to indulge in some comfort food washed down with a few beers. Mary’s is tucked away in a side street of Newtown and even though there is usually a line, it’s worth the wait, especially for the burgers, fries, fried chicken and mashed potatoes. #getinmybelly

For Somewhere Hidden
Stitch Bar - CBD

Clubs are fun and all, but sometimes you just need to sit down and get away from all the hustle and bustle. Go later if you want a table, but it’s the perfect place for a few quiet drinks with friends when you still want that cool bar vibe.

For Birthday Drinks
Bungalow 8 - Darling Harbour

It’s Saturday night and you’re ready to party, so head down towards King Street Wharf for some drinks and dancing. Overlooking the beautiful harbour and just a short walk away from public transport, you’ll be able to stumble home easily when you’ve had enough.

For Work Dinner & Drinks
Manly Wine - Manly Beach

Manly Beach is so much more than just surfers and paddle boarding. The recently re-opened Manly Wine has a stellar view of the water as well as an extensive wine list; the perfect balance of fancy and laid back to impress the boss.

For Chilled-out Beachside Drinks
The Bucket List - Bondi

Summer may be coming to a close, but no matter the weather, there is always an excuse to head to the beach. Sit back and order one of the refreshing cocktail jugs to share, and from Mondays to Fridays, there’s always some sort of awesome discount deal happening.

For date night
Low 302 - Surry Hills

Mood lighting, live music and it’s open until 2.00am! This place definitely sets the mood whether it’s a first or a fortieth date. Their Primavera Spritz serves two, so even the menu is telling you to come here with that special someone!

For a Night Out on a Budget
The Soda Factory - Surry Hills

It’s been a favourite for students for a long time, namely for the $1.00 hot dogs, but this place is far from over-hyped. Whether you fancy a movie on a Monday night or a $5.00 glass of wine or beer on a Friday night, there’s something for anyone who’s still waiting for payday to come around.

For When you Want to Treat Yourself
The Baxter Inn - CBD

Whisky lovers, this is your heaven. There are around 100 different types of it and the bartenders are happy to whip you up a cocktail of any sort. With the dim lighting, jazz music and a whisky sour in your hand, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back into the 1920s.

By Alex Lilly