These days, top bars are more reminiscent of kitchens. Menus can change week-to-week depending on the availability of fresh ingredients, intelligent experimentation is encouraged and good knife skills are a must. That same rigour means classic cocktails are also better than they've ever been.

It’s good news for drinkers, whether you love a Negroni, Old Fashioned or an of-the-moment creation. Better news still: Sydney has some of the best bars in the world.

These are our favourites, ranging from casual spots, to table service venues where the staff wears waistcoats. But without fail, they all know how to mix an excellent drink.

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Papa Gede's

A New Orleans-style cocktail bar, with an emphasis on rum.

346-348 Rear 348 Kent Street, via laneway
Sydney NSW

Earl's Juke Joint

A rollicking good times bar.

407 King Street
Newtown NSW 2042

Tokyo Bird

Be transported to Japan in this intimate space.

Shop 2 226-228 Commonwealth Street (enter via Belmore Lane)
Surry Hills NSW 2010