There's something inherently satisfying about discovering a secret bar. Sure, Sydney's "secret" bars probably aren't that secret (sometimes the queues outside are a dead giveaway), but tracking down nondescript, sign-less doors makes those cocktails taste just a little bit better.

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Ramblin’ Rascal Tavern


The door is marked only by a black sign with three skulls.

199 Elizabeth Street, Sydney

Shady Pines Saloon


An old-world saloon, sans signage.

Shop 4 256 Crown Street, Darlinghurst
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Earl's Juke Joint


A rollicking small bar disguised as a butcher.

407 King Street, Newtown

Saga Bar


There’s a water feature with a huge buddha head, an illuminated technicolor jungle motif and stone-stacked walls covered in vines. It’s straight out of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

49-51 Goold Street, Chippendale

Old Mate's Place


Locate the discrete ground-level entrance, then climb four levels of steep, narrow stairs to reach this hidden rooftop. It’s completely worth it – you'll be rewarded with a killer cocktail bar set against a backdrop of towering CBD highrises.

Level 4 199 Clarence Street, Sydney

Ron's Upstairs


Barbequed chooks, vino and fake grape vines from the Arcadia Liquors and Redfern Continental team.

133A Redfern Street, Redfern

Door Knock Bar


Walk down a long corridor and knock three times on the brass pineapple to enter for cocktails and homey bites.

B2 70 Pitt Street, Sydney

Moya’s Juniper Lounge


One for the gin fans.

101 Regent Street, Redfern

Cantina Ok!


Word of warning: don't bother bringing a large group to this tiny mezcal-centric laneway bar – even if it were completely empty, you probably wouldn't fit. It's by the team behind Tio's Cerveceria. The friendly, knowledgeable staff here will help you navigate the cracking cocktail list with confidence (and you might even end up ordering Sydney's best Margarita).

Council Place, Sydney

Charlie Parker’s


A 100-seat cocktail bar beneath Fred’s.

380 Oxford Street, Paddington



Look for the sewing machines at street level.

61 York Street, Sydney

The Rook


Cocktails and lobster on a hidden rooftop.

Level 7 56-58 York Street, Sydney
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The Cumberland


Look behind the old wood door at the back of the Cove deli and you'll find The Cumberland – one of Sydney's finest underground bars. The drinks list includes 250 whiskies, an impressive wine cellar and three distinct cocktail lists. Plus a hearty food offering that includes melty raclette.

17-19 Central Avenue, Manly

Grandma’s Bar


A delightful, candle-lit den in the CBD.

275 Clarence Street, Sydney

Taylor's Rooftop Bar


Slip down Tank Stream Way, then climb a substantial flight of stairs to find this greenery-filled rooftop.

69-73 Pitt Street, Sydney



Seventy-five whiskies in 26 square metres.

Shop 3 200 George Street, Sydney

The Rover


The good times will come easy – if you can find the door.

75 Campbell Street, Surry Hills

The Baxter Inn


Descend the hidden staircase to a wide world of whisky.

Rear Basement 152-156 Clarence St, Sydney
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Papa Gede's


A New Orleans-style cocktail bar in an old garage.

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



A secret sports bar serving US-style food hidden in a pizzeria fridge.

32 Banskia Rd, Caringbah



A secret cocktail and craft-soda bar.

40 Skittle Lane, Sydney

The Swinging Cat


A basement haunt for CBD dwelling jazz lovers.

44 King Street, Sydney

The Lobo


Find this bar, then drink all the rum.

Basement Lot 1 209 Clarence Street, Sydney
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The Barber Shop


Anyone for a trim, a shave and a cocktail?

89 York Street, Sydney