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Things we love:

The locals call the Sydney Harbour Bridge ‘Coat Hanger’

The ‘small bars’ law that encouraged the recent boom in unique and creative bars.

Sydney loves a good coffee, some of the best baristas in the world work in this city.

Bondi Beach lifesavers, say no more.

The second best fish market in the world is in Sydney

Things we wish we’d known:

People openly talking about their thongs… they’re flip flops.

They have a suburb in Sydney called Woolloomooloo – try saying this after six Martinis.

‘Finger-lickin’ is a term for tasty

It’s fashionable in Bondi to have a beard, wear your gym gear in public (everywhere) and eat organic only

It’s the 3rd most expensive city in the world, be prepared to spend some cash.

Best bars in Sydney
Best bars in Sydney
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10 William St
10 William St

A wine bar with food nearly as delicious as its tipples, take care not to walk past the non-descript entrance and you’ll be rewarded with a seat amongst the trendy Paddington crowd who hit it here. Decor wise, think whitewashed Read More

121 BC
121 BC

BarChick’s been crushing hard on 121BC since it started life as a bottle-o (that’s Aussie for a liquor store, by the way) and loves the place even more now they’ve added a wine bar to the mix. The industrially chic Read More

Absinthe Salon
Absinthe Salon

Unleash your inner bourgeois artiste and drink yourself silly with absinthe in this seriously Parisian coffee house. Located in the hip Surry Hills, make like a scene from a Toulouse Lautrec painting, mademoiselle. Ask nicely and you might get served their Read More

Bambini Wine Room
Bambini Wine Room

Bambini might be the Italian word for children but don’t be fooled, this place is anything but child’s play. Housed in the beautiful Art Deco St. James Trust building, the wine room (which is separated from the restaurant by a Read More

BLACK by Ezard
BLACK by Ezard

Located in Sydney’s swanky entertainment venue, The Star, BarChick recommends hitting this place after splashing the cash at the likes of Gucci and Salvatore Ferragamo (window shopping is fine too). Thankfully you won’t need to re-mortgage anything to drink here but Read More

Bulletin Place
Bulletin Place

Take three badass bar-scene veterans, a vacant space below a tattoo parlour and whaddya get? A stripped back to basics kinda establishment… not what you expected, right? This place is all knickers and no fur coat; what it lacks in over Read More

Button Bar
Button Bar

From the good folks behind Stitch and Pocket bar, comes the latest installment in the sewing/boozing empire. Like their other bars, there’s no explicit signage marking the entrance and this side of Foveaux isn’t exactly hopping so we say look Read More

Downtown Bar at The Commons
Downtown Bar at The Commons

BarChick digs the bar at The Commons and we think you will too, as this small bar sure has a way of winning ‘em over. Located in what used to be the basement larder of a heritage 160 year old Read More

Earl’s Juke Joint
Earl’s Juke Joint

Looking for quality drinks this end of Newtown? Then don’t drive past that sign advertising quality meats because that butcher shop is really the front for Earl’s Juke Joint. It’s a New Orleans inspired bar where having a good time Read More

Eau de Vie
Eau de Vie

BarChick is often dubious about bars that win a lot of awards, so was understandably skeptical about the heavily decorated Eau De Vie, but when the arm-gartered bartender whipped up a firey Blue Blazer made with Ron Zacapa Rum she was sold, Read More

Gazebo Wine Garden
Gazebo Wine Garden

Step off what can be the seedy strip of Kings Cross into the fairy light garden that is Gazebo.  Round up the ladies or gentlemen for the ultimate wine time, with over 55 by the glass and 300 by the Read More

Gilt Lounge & Gowings Bar at QT Hotel
Gilt Lounge & Gowings Bar at QT Hotel

‘It’s all theatre around here’, welcome to Sydney’s hottest hotel on the block – QT Sydney.  Adjacent to the State theatre in the former Gowings department store, the hotel has moulded history and glamour for a bespoke retro luxury experience. Read More

Grandma's Bar
Grandma's Bar

Your gran’s gone to bed and your big sister is raiding her drinks cabinet with her hot mates and cooking up a storm. That’s what it feels like at Grandma’s bar, hidden below a guitar shop. It’s just like an intimate Read More

Grasshopper
Grasshopper

Patience young grasshopper. If you want to find this bar don’t expect signage, and be prepared to go down a dark back alleyway behind one of Sydney’s busiest streets to find this bustling basement, where the kool kids and city workers Read More

Hemingway’s Manly
Hemingway’s Manly

Walk along the waterfront and watch out for a sign featuring the face of good ol’ Hemingway himself, and you’ve made it. The theme continues inside with book lined shelves, and menus that are glued between the pages of more books, Read More

Hinky Dinks
Hinky Dinks

This place is like a 50s diner/candy store for grown-ups. It’s pretty with its bright walls and black and white checked tiles. Drinks are nostalgic, the Frozen Bourbon Milk Sundae with vanilla bean ice-cream should be delivered by a chick in Read More

Ivy Pool Club Bar
Ivy Pool Club Bar

The one place that is on everyone’s lips in Sydney is the Pool Club. Slip down a back alley off George Street, enter The Ivy’s grand entrance hall and don’t look back (in anger or otherwise). Take the lift to Read More

Izakaya Fujiyama
Izakaya Fujiyama

There’s no mistaking what your drink of choice will be here, the wall of sake behind the bar should be a big enough clue. This is one place that takes its sake seriously, and with offerings that include the Dassai 50, Read More

Jimmy Liks
Jimmy Liks

Dim lights, sexy staff and Asian inspired cocktails are all yours at Kings Cross’ sexiest hangout. The first thing that strikes you at Jimmy Liks is the stunning, dark room. It’s long, slim and split down the middle, with communal tables Read More

Lil Darlin
Lil Darlin

One for the ladies for sure (obvs), there are now three Lil’ Darlin venues to get all girly in (if that’s your bag). In here you can enjoy the great outdoors – indoors, order a flamboyant cocktail, take your seat Read More

Longrain Bar & Restaurant
Longrain Bar & Restaurant

The Longrain reconstructed warehouse on Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills has been home to this Sydney institution for over a decade. Renowned long communal tables and energetic staff build your excitement as you head to the bunker bar below ground. A Read More

Love Tilly Devine
Love Tilly Devine

Wine bar Love Tilly Devine pays homage to Sydney’s crime boss of the 1900s, Matilda ‘Tilly’ Devine. Tilly was an infamous brothel madam, drug dealer and murderer who ran the streets of this area. An all-rounder! Thankfully the most dangerous Read More

Marble Bar
Marble Bar

Looking for something a little bit dark and mysterious, well you just might find it at Marble Bar. Situated in the Hilton Sydney, it’s a world away from the bright lights of the city, time-travel with original Victorian-style decor. Think Read More

Mary’s
Mary’s

Not one for the faint hearted, get down to Mary’s when you’re looking for a finger lickin’, craft beer kinda party. Sold. Located in an ex-STD clinic (LOL) in edgy Newtown, the decor is all rock ‘n’ roll complete with Read More

Miss Marley's
Miss Marley's

Step through the gauzy curtains and find yourself surrounded by 120 different types of tequila, score. A little bit retro and a little bit glam, there’s certainly nothing dive about this tequila bar. Make a meal of the booze here or Read More

Mojo Record Bar
Mojo Record Bar

Shopping and boozing, what’s not to like? Located out the back of record shop, this place has all the makings of a great dive bar and BarChick is so into it. Walls lined with music posters, cosy booth seating, scuffed wooden Read More

Momofuku Seiobo
Momofuku Seiobo

Sydney has a Momofuku! BarChick has been crushing on David Chang’s Momofuku empire in NYC for years, so his new Sydney restaurant was high up on the box tick list. This one is much shinier than his originals, but thankfully Read More

Ms G's
Ms G's

One of the most exciting Sydney openings of 2011, Ms G’s (MSG… get it?) is a restaurant serving modern Asian food and killer drinks with floor to ceiling windows looking out over Potts Point rooftops and the city skyline. There are graffitied Read More

Palmer & Co
Palmer & Co

Step back in time off George Street down the hidden Abercrombie Lane to the newish hot spot Palmer & Co.  Enter through the taxidermy filled cages, heed the Foursquare check-in that warns you ‘You can’t get in with a white guy wearing Adidas Read More

Pocket Bar
Pocket Bar

You’ll see the treasure and potion bottles through the window and the lure of the velvet chairs, (we were also lucky to catch a couple having an affair on the leather sofas), plus clashing Lichtenstein style pop art and graffiti Read More

Rockpool Bar and Grill
Rockpool Bar and Grill

Housed in a beautiful Art Deco building, the Rockpool Bar and Grill is even slicker than the original on George Street. Green marble and dark wooden tones make for a Mad Men inspired fantasy and the players are every bit Read More

Shady Pines
Shady Pines

A bar with its own video trailer about falling in love with cowboys gets everyone’s vote right? Welcome to Shady Pines Saloon, whose door policy is genius: ‘Absolutely no door policy, functions or door list. Everyone is welcome’. So you could be Read More

Shirt Bar
Shirt Bar

Suits you sir! If you’re on the pull and like the sound of a well-tailored gentleman with a penchant for fine whiskies, good coffee, custom made shirts and handmade ties – this is the place for you! When owners Adam, Louka Read More

Stitch Bar
Stitch Bar

Hidden in a basement bar behind a wall of singer sewing machines and a rack of clothing is Stitch Bar, a fantastic CBD (Central Business District) speakeasy with amazing cocktails and wicked hot dogs. Win winner. Get here early, this place Read More

Tapavino
Tapavino

Enter Tapavino and be greeted by huge hunks of jamón and a massive selection of Spanish wines. This place is single handedly brining sherry (sexy) back (they’ve got 80 in total) while showing the Sydney population that there is more Read More

The Barber Shop
The Barber Shop

Hidden in a barbershop (yep, you guessed it) on York Street in the CBD is where you’ll find this city-click hipster hangout. Just waltz on through the shopfront to the back and you’ll swiftly be surrounded by colonial décor, displaying an Read More

The Baxter Inn
The Baxter Inn

Voted New Bar of the Year in Australia and 7th best bar in the world, BarChick went to investigate what all the fuss was about.  The website states ‘everyone is welcome – no bookings, no door list, no functions’, that Read More

The Beresford Hotel
The Beresford Hotel

The Beresford Hotel is nicely tucked away in the Surry Hills and is popular with the city slickers and the cool cats. It doesn’t look much from the outside but once you’re in, that’s it, you ain’t going nowhere fast. Read More

The Bucket List
The Bucket List

The Bucket List is the hot new spot in the heart of iconic Bondi Beach. Straight from beach to bev, you’ll step off the sand and have a cocktail in your hands in seconds. When the sun’s shining you won’t Read More

The Imperial Hotel
The Imperial Hotel

Let’s have a kiki! (a big gay party to you and me). You won’t find a better drag queen in Sydney – this is THE birthplace of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert! Need we go on? Where else can you Read More

The Island Bar
The Island Bar

Escape the inner city madness by hopping on a five-minute ferry from Circular Quay to Cockatoo Island, a heritage listed sanctuary smack bang in the middle of Sydney Harbour. Cockatoo Island’s only bar, The Island Bar is hard to miss: Read More

The Loft
The Loft

You’d better sharpen up your super styles to enter the loft, this is the place to mingle with the suits and elite Sydneysiders for sunset cocktails.  Located above Bungalow 8, The Loft boosts a killer waterfront view with plenty of Read More

The Opera Bar
The Opera Bar

Yeah, we know, it can be filled with photo happy tourists at times and the cocktails aren’t the best, but with views this damn good who gives a sh*t? The Opera Bar is the best of the harbour front offerings on Read More

The Quay
The Quay

A killer cocktail is great, but sometimes nothing beats a glass (bottle right?) of champers, and The Quay has a wicked three pages of the stuff to choose from. If that doesn’t do it for you then the view sure Read More

The Rook Bar
The Rook Bar

Enter this place on the 7th floor of what appears to be an office building, but chill out, no spreadsheets in here. This is one of the Key Stone group’s newest ventures, and it’s pretty damn cool. Although described as a Read More

The Roosevelt
The Roosevelt

Although it’s located on an unassuming street off the main drag of the Cross, The Roosevelt is anything but ordinary. The fact that it is brought to you by the lovely folks behind Eau de Vie should give you a Read More

The Victoria Room
The Victoria Room

BarChick had a hot date and The Victoria Room on Victoria Street, Darlinghurst was just the place to spice things up and kick things off. With a nine-year history, don’t judge this bar by its age or the fact that Read More

The White Hart
The White Hart

Welcome to Sydney’s take on the traditional English alehouse, which is unlike any alehouse BarChick has ever been to. Firstly the decor is more like an upmarket cocktail bar in parts (albeit the blue velvet chairs and red carpet are Read More

The Wild Rover
The Wild Rover

Grandma’s got an Irish cousin… and BarChick is all over this latest addition to the family. Set on a fairly nondescript street near the Central train station and with no explicit signage, just trust your instincts and swing open that Read More

The Winery
The Winery

Surry Hills to Sydney is as Shoreditch is to London, or Brooklyn is to New York. A melting pot of prime bars and cool creatives, the Crown Street strip will have your night sorted no matter what your flavour. The Read More

Water Bar at Taj Blue
Water Bar at Taj Blue

The super shiny bar, chillin’ inside the historic restored wharf warehouse at Woolloomooloo is as glam as it gets. It’s easy to see why the Water Bar has won so many awards, including making it onto Conde Nast Traveller’s mega Read More

Watsons Bay Beach Club
Watsons Bay Beach Club

Harbour views, funky-ass lounge music, beach umbrellas and mouthwatering food? Check, check, check. With a history dating back to 1883, this newly renovated icon just reached new heights with the introduction of the ‘Beach Club’. Picture perfect views out onto the harbour Read More