There’s always room for a drink at one of Sydney's best bars, but it’s always fun to try somewhere new too. This is our edit of Sydney’s best new bars from the past 12 months, updated monthly. Some could become your new favourite; others may just be good for one memorable night. All are worth a try.

Here’s a tip: come hungry. A lot of these bars have killer menus that deserve to be explored.

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Bar Planet

Bar

At this moody inner-west den, the team behind the city's best Margarita (and one of the world’s best bars) turns its attention to that cocktail-lounge staple, the Martini. Needless to say, the results are out of this world.

16 Enmore Road, Newtown

The Bob Hawke Beer & Leisure Centre

Bar

The brand’s nostalgic HQ is a celebration of ’80s-era Australiana in industrial Marrickville. Come for the beer, prawn toast and deep-fried Viennetta at the Chinese bistro, the Lucky Prawn. Stay for a free knock-around in the pool room, which doubles as a loving tribute to late co-founder and former PM, Bob Hawke.

8-12 Sydney Road, Marrickville

The Rover

Bar

The bar formerly knowns as The Wild Rover is a grown-up version of its predecessor, with oysters on rotation and a slick cocktail list. You can still snag a sausage roll, but otherwise, it’s a seafood-driven menu piled with winners including a curried fish-finger roll and caviar with potato crisps.

75 Campbell Street, Surry Hills

Banco

Bar

Playful takes on British cuisine are the specialty at this sultry backstreet bar. Think Scotch eggs with curry mayo, madras Wagyu pie with pappadums, and sticky toffee pudding with rum-roasted pineapple. There are also cocktails on tap and around 300 natural wines to try.

17b Whistler Street, Manly

Ante

Bar

Around 60 styles of sake are pouring at this intimate drinking den, inspired by the vinyl-spinning jazz bars of Japan. Expect rare Japanese gins and whiskies too, plus a Euro-Japanese snack menu by ex-Pinbone chef, Jemma Whiteman.

146 King Street, Newtown

Paski Vineria Popolare

Restaurant

Giorgio De Maria's latest venue is three acts over two levels, created in partnership with wine importer Mattia Dicati and chef Enrico Tomelleri of 10 William Street, Ragazzi and more. Downstairs is a bar and bottle shop styled after the enotecas of Italy. And upstairs, a colourful restaurant for pasta and specialty wines.

239 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Menzies Bar

Bar

The first of three stunning venues to arrive at the refurbished Shell House building. This one draws inspiration from the grand eateries of Europe, in the form of a daily Martini hour, lobster rolls, and a 2am licence.

37 Margaret Street, Sydney

Sky Bar

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With views across the city and an open-air terrace, Shell House’s spectacular rooftop bar evokes Mad Men crossed with a ’30s Milanese speakeasy. Lofty snacks, well-named drinks and inimitable style make this a CBD bar like no other.

37 Margaret Street, Sydney

Odd Culture

Bar

A theme of fermentation guides this cavernous King Street bar. Find a dizzying list of funky farmhouse ales, ciders and natural wines, plus a Euro-inspired all-day menu by a formidable kitchen team.

Cafe, Restaurant and Bar 266 King Street, Newtown

Hickson House Distilling Co

Bar

Take a distillery tour, sip cocktails beneath the chandeliers, and eat Kangaroo tartare with Vegemite toast at this grand palace of Aussie gin. It’s set within a 100-year-old brick warehouse in the heritage heart of The Rocks.

Hickson Road, The Rocks

Re–

Bar

This sustainable South Eveleigh bar – by Scout London's Matt Whiley – is pioneering a new mode of hospitality without losing focus on smashable drinks. From the furniture (made from pineapple-leaf fibre and recycled milk bottles) to the drinks (crafted with produce destined for landfill), Re– is regenerative and revolutionary.

2 Locomotive Street, Eveleigh

Bar Elvina

Bar

This relaxed, taverna-style wine bar is by two hospitality veterans behind some of the country's most revered venues. Their shared love of the sea is reflected in the seafood-heavy menu and breezy atmosphere.

Level 1 50 Old Barrenjoey Road, Avalon Beach

Apollonia

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A moody basement bar beneath Hinchcliff House in Circular Quay. Visit for a signature Negroni on tap, creative cocktails, and Sicilian-style bar snacks – all inspired by Francis Ford Coppola's landmark film, The Godfather. Open until late.

5-7 Young Street, Sydney

Bondi Liquor Co.

Bar

Bondi’s first operating distillery is just moments from the beach, halfway up the hill on the corner of O’Brien and Hall streets. It’s a breezy, Bondi-style space where you can try the distillery’s range of vibrant, botanical-packed gins.

15 O'Brien Street, Bondi
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Bar Suze

Restaurant

A European-style bistro with a particular focus on Scandinavian flavours. Come for smorgasbord (snacks) such as barbequed octopus with bullhorn peppers, chilled strawberry soup with Iberico jamon and oysters spiked with a punchy house sauce.

54 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills

Pistou

Bar

This laid-back Provençal wine bar is all about small producers and easy decisions. There are just three drinks on the regularly changing cocktail list, a short food menu and a streamlined selection of wines. Plus, a choose-your-own-adventure weekend brunch plate.

601 King Street, Newtown

Bucketty's Brewing Co

Bar

A glowing warehouse brewery and bar where the drinks go down easy. There’s a food truck serving burgers, and beers are made with hops grown on Hunter Valley farm.

26 Orchard Road, Brookvale

Dean & Nancy on 22

Bar

The Maybe Sammy crew's glamorous bar and restaurant on the 22nd floor of a luxe hotel. Come for interactive multi-sensory cocktails and a menu by a veteran Sydney chef that channels the glory days of Vegas.

2 Hunter Street, Sydney