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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Menzies Bar

Bar

The first of three venues to go in at the refurbished Shell House in the CBD. It pulls inspiration from the grand eateries of Europe, with a daily Martini hour, lobster rolls, and a 2am licence.

37 Margaret Street, Sydney

Philter Brewing

Bar

Marrickville Springs is Philter Brewing's brand spanking new rooftop bar, Whereas downstairs ressembles a classic old-school boozer, upstairs takes a more Miami Vice direction. It's a pastel-hued resort-style bar doing cocktails, beer slushies and retro snacks. We'll be parked there all summer."

98 Sydenham Road, Marrickville

The Barrie

Bar

Bringing experience from Employees Only, Frankie’s Pizza and Spice Temple, The Barrie serves cracking cocktails, has live music five nights a week, and DJs until late on weekends. Find it in the former Freda's space in Chippendale.

107-109 Regent Street, Chippendale
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Apollonia

Bar

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

Cafe Freda's

Bar

The successor to Chippendale's Freda's channels the spirit of the original late-night haunt into a buzzing sit-down bar and diner in the heart of Sydney's nightlife district.

191-195 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

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

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

Slow Lane Brewing

Bar

This brewery interprets slow-fermented, old-world beers in modern, radical ways. Its wild beers include a hoppy sour ale (fittingly called Resting Place) made with a yeast strain found on a tree in a Philadelphia graveyard.

30 Byrnes Street, Botany

Sammy Junior

Cafe

This is the younger sibling of Maybe Sammy (arguably Sydney’s most acclaimed cocktail bar). It’s an all-day cafe and bar, where you can have cocktails at 10am and coffee ‘till 10pm. Come for half-serve cocktails on tap, strong coffee and a tight menu of versatile snacks.

66 King Street, Sydney

P&V Wine & Liquor Merchants Paddington

Shop

Another instalment for the cult bottle shop. Swing past to pick up a bottle of skin-contact chardonnay or a slab of Heaps Normal non-alcholic beer. Or snag a seat in the courtyard out back for by-the-glass-wine and terrine by ex-Old Fitz chef Nicholas Hill.

268 Oxford Street, Paddington

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
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Paski Vineria Popolare

Restaurant

Giorgio De Maria's Darlinghurst 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

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

Odd Culture

Bar

From the group behind the Old Fitz and Oxford Tavern, this cavernous King Street bar has a dizzying list of funky farmhouse ales, ciders and natural wines, plus an all-day menu by a formidable kitchen team. It’s a far cry from its former life as locally loved Chinese eatery Happy Chef.

Level 2 262-266 King Street, Newtown