Best Bars in Enmore

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One of Sydney's smallest suburbs has a strong collection of excellent bars. While Newtown, the neighbouring suburb that shares Enmore's postcode, has newly gentrified pubs, the small Enmore bar scene is entirely like its neighbourhood: eclectic, full of personality and fun. The grub is good, the wines are funky and the atmosphere is loud. Live music lives on and so does the late-night scene.

  • The Martini reigns supreme at this psychedelic cocktail bar. The gun bartenders pour them any way you like, and the bottomless popcorn will keep you thirsty. Don’t forget to take a selfie in the curvaceous bathroom mirror – it’s a right of passage.

  • Jacoby’s does one thing better than most bars around town: the tiki cocktail, in all its forms. Pina coladas, too. A fit-out inspired by *Twin Peaks* has the place looking appropriately Lynchian. Red velvet curtains, checkerboard lino and low lighting abound.

  • A little Australiana, a tad retro dive bar, this rambunctious joint by the duo behind Sunshine Inn and The Little Guy is pouring natural wines, fun cocktails, and house-made cherry cola with a slug of booze.

  • Consider yourself fortunate – lucky even – to get a seat at the bar here. This neon-lit inner-west boozer gets rammed most nights, and it’s easy to see why. It’s laid-back in all the right ways, but is dead serious when it comes to classic cocktails.

  • The pokies are gone and Big Buck Hunter is in. The Duke lives on with local beers, "stiff and strong" cocktails and upscale pub grub – think chicken liver pâté on toast, puffy breads stuffed with mortadella and a fancy steak.

  • There’s Guinness on tap, chablis by the glass and nostalgia for the ’80s at this compact sports bar by the Jacoby’s crew. No matter what team you follow, a fleet of TV screens have every code covered.

  • A classic sports pub in the city’s inner-west that revitalises a legendary space for the next generation of Sydney’s drinkers.

  • The Midnight Special is the dive bar Enmore deserves. Come for live blues, a vaguely tiki cocktail list and woodfired pizza from Rosso Antico next door.

  • The minds behind Jacoby’s, Earl’s Juke Joint and Cliff Dive are behind this boozy bar and band room. Cool off with a Midori Illusion or Negroni slushie, and dance like no one's watching till 3am.

  • Behind an iconic Enmore Road facade, this handsome wine bar draws inspiration from all over Europe, but mainly Spain. Take a seat in the mid-century space for classic tapas; charcoal-grilled meat and seafood; and plenty of Sangria.

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