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.


A dedicated Espresso Martini bar.

195 Gloucester St
The Rocks NSW 2000

Opera Bar

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

Lower Concourse, Sydney Opera House Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW

Burrow Bar

As intimate as the name implies.

De Mestre Place
Sydney NSW 2000

The Lobo Plantation

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

Basement Lot 1 209 Clarence Street
Sydney NSW 2000

The Barber Shop

Low-key as they come.

89 York Street
Sydney NSW

Papa Gede's

Repping New Orleans.

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

Work in Progress

Tinnies and Connect Four.

50 King Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Shirt Bar

The most white-collar bar ever.

7 Sussex Lane
Sydney NSW 2000

Lot.1 Sydney

Reminiscent of an old-school gentleman’s club.

Restaurant 18-20 York Street
Sydney NSW 2000

Small Bar - CBD

The first of its name.

48 Erskine Street
Sydney NSW