Winter is here, but you don’t need to stay home to keep warm. There are plenty of bars around the city offering good food, better drinks and a cosy place to enjoy them in. It might be cold outside, but you don’t have to be. Here are our picks.

Light Brigade
Lots of bars and pubs in Sydney have fireplaces, but how many of them have one on the roof? Order an LBH Mule made with Ketel One vodka, lime and ginger beer and a wood-fired pizza and enjoy them in front of the fire on the Brigade Rooftop.

Kittyhawk
Like its big brother, Lobo Plantation, Kittyhawk has a similar focus on rum cocktails. But here you can get some Parisian street food to match. Order a Rum and Rye with Ron Zacapa rum and mussels vol au vent (in pastry) at its impressive 12-metre-long bar. Or choose to sit instead in one of the big leather booths and take in the city views.

Big Poppa’s
The velvet carpet, leather booths and dim lighting in the cocktail bar downstairs at Big Poppa’s make it the perfect place for a cold night. Pasta and huge plates of cheese help, too.

Hazy Rose
Tucked into an old terrace, bars don’t come cosier than the Hazy Rose. This dimly lit, relaxed bar is full of plush, comfortable couches, and red velvet curtains complete the picture. But the best thing is its bar staff. They can mix you any cocktail you want, whether that’s a Whisky Sour or a Tanqueray gin Martini.

Temperance Society
Nothing says winter more than leather sofas and floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. Settle in with a plate of C.O.P (that’s cheddar, onion and pickles with bread) and a Ron Zacapa rum Old Fashioned for a winter’s evening well spent.

Honourable mentions:
Papa Gede's
Laneway, 346-348 Kent Street, Sydney

Baxter Inn
Rear Basement 152-156 Clarence Street, Sydney

Lobo Plantation
Basement Lot 1 209 Clarence Street, Sydney

Shady Pines Saloon
Shop 4, 256 Crown Street, Darlinghurst

Duck Inn
74 Rose Street, Chippendale

Bearded Tit
183 Regent Street, Redfern

Arcadia
7 Cope Street, Redfern

Wild Rover
75 Campbell Street, Surry Hills

This article is presented in partnership with World Class.