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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Scout

Drinks are made in a lab, fermentation is a big deal and the wine is made with banana.

Level 2 412 Crown Street, Surry Hills

Tio’s Cerveceria

A shrine to beer and tequila.

4 14 Foster Street, Surry Hills

Tokyo Bird

Whisky, cocktails and yakitori.

Shop 2 226-228 Commonwealth Street (enter via Belmore Lane), Surry Hills

Poly

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 Dining Room and Wine Room

A restaurant and a wine room run by the Icebergs team and Rootstock’s James Hird.

412 Crown Street, Surry Hills

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

Hotel Hollywood

A gritty local pub with faded decor but lots of showbiz charm.

2 Foster 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

Goros

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

84/86 Mary Street, Surry Hills

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

Bodega x Wyno

Bodega has joined up with Wyno, together the venue is now known as Bodega x Wyno. 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

Soultrap

A bar serving French Mistelle cocktails, with a millinery workshop at the back.

70-72 Campbell Street, Surry Hills

Gweilo

Be transported to the streets of Asia.

360 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills