While the CBD and Darlinghurst have some of Sydney’s most ambitious bars, in terms of variety they’ve got nothing on Surry Hills.

In just a single square kilometre, you can find tiny, internationally acclaimed cocktail spots, minimal-intervention wine bars with better snacks than most restaurants, and an actual inner-city distillery. Then there are massive beer gardens and small bars that feel like a constant house party.

There’s a bar in here to suit every mood, price point and drink preference.

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Tio’s Cerveceria


At this shrine to beer and tequila, the popcorn is free, the music is loud and the Margaritas are strong and smooth.

4 14 Foster Street, Surry Hills

Tokyo Bird


Whisky, cocktails and yakitori.

Shop 2 226-228 Commonwealth Street (enter via Belmore Lane), Surry Hills
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Drinks and snacks reach new heights at this not-restaurant from the team at Ester.

74-76 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills

Button Bar


A Surry Hills tavern with a subtle pirate theme.

65 Foveaux St, Surry Hills

The Norfolk


A solid all-rounder, complete with alcoholic slushy machine.

305 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills

The Dolphin Hotel


This Surry Hills pub got a shake-up in 2020 – but it’s still one of Sydney’s best all-in-one wine bars, restaurants and boozers.

412 Crown Street, Surry Hills
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Brix Distillers


Sydney’s only rum distiller. And the whole process is on show.

352 Bourke Street, Surry Hills

The Wild Rover


An Irish-themed drinking spot from the folks at Grandma's Bar.

75 Campbell Street, Surry Hills

The Soda Factory


Late opening hours, gigs galore and sweet boozy ice cream spiders.

16 Wentworth Avenue, Surry Hills

The Winery


A wine bar that isn't bewildering.

285a Crown Street, Surry Hills

Cricketers Arms Hotel


An old pub that won't go changing.

106 Fitzroy Street, Surry Hills

Rosie Campbell's


It’s a tropical paradise with burgers.

320 Crown Street, Surry Hills

Low 302


A comfy cocktail bar that nails drinks, music and service in equal measures.

302 Crown Street, Darlinghurst

The Standard Bowl


The Standard has reincarnated as Standard Bowl, bringing you live music in a grungy bowls-hall setting.

3 383 Bourke Street, Surry Hills

MV Bistro & Wine Bar


Settle in for a long dinner, or eat a few snacks and dash. Both are possible at this comfortable wine bar.

397 Crown Street, Surry Hills

Li'l Darlin


Excellent after work drink and nibbles that won't break the bank.

Corner Devonshire and Elizabeth Streets, Surry Hills

Vasco Bar


A grungy rock and roll bar where elegant cocktails are poured with precision.

421 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills

Gardel’s Bar


Some of Sydney’s best drinking.

Upstairs 358 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills

Golden Age Cinema & Bar


Cocktails, salty snacks and niche cinema, all in one place.

Lower Ground Floor 80 Commonwealth Street , Surry Hills

The Keg and Brew


Craft beer is the focus at this Surry Hills pub.

26 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills



Party like a salaryman with the aid of karaoke, yakitori and plenty of saké.

84/86 Mary Street, Surry Hills
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The Carrington


It hasn’t taken long for this back-street neighbourhood pub to attract the locals.

565 Bourke Street, Surry Hills

Bitter Phew


A world-class beer bar. Enough said.

1/137 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Wyno x Bodega


Bodega has joined up with Wyno, together the venue is now known as Wyno x Bodega. There’s a bigger focus on vino, a smaller menu and fan favourites, the fish fingers and banana spilt, are still available.

50 Holt Street, Surry Hills
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A bar serving French Mistelle cocktails, with a millinery workshop at the back.

70-72 Campbell Street, Surry Hills
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