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.

There aren't too many to choose from, but these are Enmore's best bars.

Fortunate Son

This tiny bar serves old-school cocktails, classic drinks with a twist and fresh-juice highballs.

101 Enmore Road, Newtown

Cottonmouth Records

Record store by day, bar by night – this New Orleans-style juke joint oozes cool.

182 Enmore Road, Enmore

Jacoby's

A David Lynch and tiki-themed cocktail and natural-wine bar. That description could cause a mass outbreak of cringing but Jacoby’s is exciting and genuinely great. The bar is not just one of the best in Enmore but in all of Sydney. Part of that is down to how eccentric and weirdly honest the theme is, but also the progressive menu of minimal-intervention wines and theatrical cocktails. It also has Jamaica’s Red Stripe on tap, late-night toasties and the occasional guest chef on the weekend.

154 Enmore Road, Enmore

The Duke

A rare good example of pub gentrification. The things you don’t want to change (the pub feel and the prices) remain while everything you do want updated (the quality of drinks and meals) has improved radically. There are natural bottles in the bar fridge for around $10 a glass. Commercial brews still flow through the taps, providing a cheaper option for locals of the old joint. The menu involves burgers and parmies but serves porchetta and deep-fried enoki mushrooms next to them.

148 Enmore Road, Enmore