At a great bar, the atmosphere needs to be just right – whether that means quiet and moody or buzzing and booming is up to you – and the drinks have to be top-notch. But the best bars in Sydney all go beyond those two fundamentals, and each offers something unique that separates them from the pack.
Some have food menus that complement and elevate the drinks (bonus points if everything can be eaten one-handed). Others are hidden in plain sight down laneways, or proudly take full advantage of their rooftops and their views out over the city.
These bars are also changing the way we drink. Whether they’re applying restaurant-like rigour to their cocktail crafting or developing lists with just as much emphasis on low- and no-alcohol drinks, each of these places will be setting the agenda for how we drink for years to come.