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

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

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

96 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Love, Tilly Devine

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

91 Crown Lane, Darlinghurst

Bitter Phew

A world-class beer bar. Enough said.

1/137 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

The Taphouse

A charming exposed-brick boozer complete with rooftop garden.

122 Flinders Street, Darlinghurst

Darlo Bar

A terrific corner pub.

306 Liverpool St, Darlinghurst
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The Flinders

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

65 Flinders Street, Darlinghurst

Club 77

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

77 William Street, Darlinghurst

The Cliff Dive

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

16-18 Oxford Square, Darlinghurst

The Long Goodbye

Inventive cocktails served fast.

1 83 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst

Sir Allen Taylor & Co

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

191 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

The East Village

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

234 Palmer Street, Darlinghurst
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Della Hyde

A Wes Anderson-inspired bar with pastel walls and cocktails to boot.

34 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst


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

Level 1 133 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Darlo Country Club

The Darlo Country Club could be a Sydney après-work institution.

235 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst


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

2/383 Bourke Street, Darlinghurst

Bloody Mary’s

Ten different varieties to try.

332 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst

The Owl House

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

97 Crown Street, Darlinghurst


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

229 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst