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.

Shady Pines Saloon

Bourbon and taxidermy.

Shop 4 256 Crown Street
Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Earl's Juke Joint

A rollicking good times bar.

407 King Street
Newtown NSW 2042

Peg Leg

Drink like a sailor.

11a Pyrmont Bridge Road
Pyrmont NSW

Tokyo Bird

Be transported to Japan in this intimate space.

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