Sydney’s bar scene is still on the up, and there’s no sign of it slowing. From G&T on tap, to expertly mixed cocktails and a nod to the States, these watering holes are either spots at which to kick off the weekend, or places to cap it off.
Opened by Greg Llewellyn and Naomi Hart, the duo behind Hartsyard restaurant, The Gretz has been a hotly anticipated addition to the inner-west bar scene. There’s a focus on seafood, inspired by the oyster bars of NYC. Here you can drink a perfectly made classic cocktail, or a local craft beer from the tap. Try some salmon jerky, too, if you’re game.
Drink to Try: The Lovely Mary – akvavit and lillet muddled with basil and tomato.
This Must Be The Place
Two of Australia’s best bartenders, Charlie Ainsbury (Eau de Vie) and Luke Ashton (Vasco Bar) have opened this new bar. Sitting right in the middle of the (usually) sketchy part of Oxford Street, TMBTP’s clean, light interior is a nice change from the dingy, basement speakeasy-style bars we’ve become accustomed to in Sydney. Also, it’s named after a Talking Heads track.
Drink to Try: The Shifting Light – apple and fennel pollen, gin and lemon.
The Powder Keg
Veteran mixologist Grant Collins is the brains behind this new and imaginative gin bar, complete with 120 examples of the spirit. Set in Potts Point, the cocktail list is whimsical and eccentric, complete with flourishes of liquid-nitrogen smoke and intricate glassware.
Drink to Try: G&T on tap.
The Roots Next Door
Popular North Sydney cafe, The Roots, has expanded into the space next door, opening an after-work friendly bar perfect for a drink before heading home out of the city. Match a plate of charcuterie, a Yeezus cheeseburger or plate of cheese with a glass of wine from its small list, which includes some great boutique and organic drops. Cocktails are fresh and vibrant. Just look for the white neon sign, you won’t miss it.
Drink to Try: Switch organic tempranillo.
Also look out for:
Bulletin Place’s new cocktail bar on Bourke Street: Dead Ringer, opening April.
Archie Rose Distillery in Rosebery, opening in mid March.