It's hard to find the right venue for work drinks.

Chances are, you'll be rolling with a large group of diverse ages and tastes. You need a big bar with an egalitarian streak - one that offers French champagne alongside Toohey's New, without judging your office get-up.

Some of our choices are smaller or more specialised. But for the most part, we've gone for the true all-rounders, where everyone can find a seat and a drink they like. Go on, get that weekend started.

Bopp and Tone

A solid lunchtime dining option in the CBD, with an alfresco plant-filled terrace and a whopping 900-kilogram wood grill.

60 Carrington Street, Sydney

The Bandit’s Roost

Selling Lox Stock and Barrel bagels, an unbeatable Reuben and whisky.

7 Sussex Lane, Sydney

Taylor's Rooftop Bar

A good pick, whatever the weather.

69-73 Pitt Street, Sydney
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The second bar by the Lobo Plantation guys has a post-war Paris theme, and it's a winner.

16 Phillip Lane, Sydney

The ArtHouse Hotel

Another big one, with three bars in one.

275 Pitt Street, Sydney

Restaurant Hubert

Take a seat at the bar of this postwar France-themed restaurant with just the right lighting.

15 Bligh Street, Sydney

Door Knock Bar

Walk down a long corridor and knock three times on the brass pineapple to enter for cocktails and homey bites.

B2 70 Pitt Street, Sydney
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Bar Odessa

A lavish basement bar full of Hellenic cocktails and history lessons.

Basement Level 122 Pitt Street, Sydney
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Opera Bar

You won't have trouble getting a seat – there are 700.

Lower Concourse, Sydney Opera House Macquarie Street, Sydney
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Balcon by Tapavino

Pick from one of the longest wine lists in town and snack on Spanish cheeses.

17 Bligh Street, Sydney
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Burrow Bar

As intimate as the name implies.

De Mestre Place, Sydney

Mr Tipply's

Get the night started with $25 cocktail jugs.

347 Kent Street, Sydney

The Lobo

Rum from Barbados, Bermuda, Cuba, Panama and beyond.

Basement Lot 1 209 Clarence Street, Sydney
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The Barber Shop

Low-key as they come.

89 York Street, Sydney

The Local Bar CBD

More than 130 bottles of wine to choose from.

161 Castlereagh Street, Sydney

Papa Gede's

Repping New Orleans.

346-348 Rear 348 Kent Street, via laneway, Sydney

The Swinging Cat

Another sharp ode to New Orleans.

44 King Street, Sydney

Ramblin’ Rascal Tavern

A dark, rowdy all-rounder.

199 Elizabeth Street, Sydney

Work in Progress

Tinnies and Connect Four.

50 King Street, Sydney

Mojo Record Bar

For the blues and rock 'n' roll enthusiasts in your office.

Basement 73 York Street, Sydney

The S.G

Local beers and retro arcade games.

1 32 York St, Sydney

The Morrison Bar and Oyster Room

Head to the Parlour bar and throw back some oysters.

225 George Street, Sydney

Uncle Ming's

Despite the name, this Chinese- and Japanese-themed bar isn't so kitsch.

Lower Ground 55 York Street, Sydney
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Frankie's Pizza

Hit the saloon for pinball machines and beer.

50 Hunter Street, Sydney

Grandma’s Bar

There's no cheap sherry here, we promise.

275 Clarence Street, Sydney

Small Bar - CBD

The first of its name.

48 Erskine Street, Sydney

Bulletin Place

It may be a challenge to find, but after one (or three) cocktails here you'll see that it was well worth your time.

First floor 10-14 Bulletin Place, Sydney
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Barrio Cellar

Look for the neon lights on Elizabeth Street to find the second venture from Kings Cross taqueria Barrio Chino.

58 Elizabeth Street, Sydney


The sister venue to Darlingurst's Pocket Bar and Surry Hills' Button Bar.

61 York Street, Sydney