It's been just 10 years since state parliament passed the small bar legislation, but what a revolution it's sparked. Tour Darlinghurst on a Friday or Saturday and the streets are alive with happy punters hopping from bar to bar. There are several dozen good places for a drink, each with their own atmosphere and personality. Here are our favourites, from immaculately maintained cocktail bars to grungy pubs.

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Shady Pines Saloon

Bar

A taxidermy-filled den that's equally about well-made cocktails and straight spirits, bourbon particularly.

Shop 4 256 Crown Street, Darlinghurst
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Big Poppa’s

Bar

Italian food, drinks and hip-hop served until 3am. Big Poppa's is low-key one of Sydney's best places to eat cheese – whether you like it on a platter or inventively deployed across a range of handmade pastas.

96 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Love, Tilly Devine

Bar

An intimate vibe and 300-strong wine list make this one a date-night home run.

91 Crown Lane, Darlinghurst

Bitter Phew

Bar

A world-class beer bar. Enough said.

1/137 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

The Taphouse

Bar

A charming exposed-brick boozer complete with rooftop beer garden.

122 Flinders Street, Darlinghurst

Darlo Bar

Bar

A terrific corner pub.

306 Liverpool St, Darlinghurst
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The Flinders

Bar

A refurbished live-music favourite, with pizzas and pool tables.

65 Flinders Street, Darlinghurst

Club 77

Bar

Drink, dance, shoot pool and snack on Eastern Europe’s finest.

77 William Street, Darlinghurst

The Cliff Dive

Bar

A late-night tiki bar, dancehall and tuckshop by those behind Tio's.

16-18 Oxford Square, Darlinghurst

The Long Goodbye

Bar

Inventive cocktails served fast.

1 83 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst

Sir Allen Taylor & Co

Bar

An alfresco bar from the owner of Tuxedo and Kansas City Shuffle.

191 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

The East Village

Bar

An upmarket, three-storey pub from the Goodtimes Hospitality Group.

234 Palmer Street, Darlinghurst
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Ching-a-lings

Bar

No sign, no fancy cocktails, but lots of locals at this Oxford Street hideaway.

Level 1 133 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Middlebar

Bar

The gin flows freely at this Darlinghurst venue that tips its hat to Old Havana.

2/383 Bourke Street, Darlinghurst

The Owl House

Bar

It's a bar, but trust us, you'll want to stay for dinner.

97 Crown Street, Darlinghurst

Apothecary

Bar

A cocktail-only establishment offering a three-course drink experience.

229 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst

Paski Vineria Popolare

Restaurant

Giorgio De Maria's latest venue is three acts over two levels, created in partnership with wine importer Mattia Dicati and chef Enrico Tomelleri of 10 William Street, Ragazzi and more. Downstairs is a bar and bottle shop styled after the enotecas of Italy. And upstairs, a colourful restaurant for pasta and specialty wines.

239 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst