It’s been a long 40 hours or in some cases many many more and there’s nothing better than unwinding with some friends over a couple of cheeky drinks on a Friday afternoon. Sometimes you just want to get home but for the times you want to chill in the city here’s a few of the best bars and clubs in Sydney to enjoy some great drinks:
Baxters: Baxters is synonymous with the after work crowd, with a quiet relaxed atmosphere in the middle of the city but tucked away from the hustle and bustle. Choices of whiskey are almost as extensive as
Palmer and Co: Part of the Merivale Group Palmer and Co has a great after work atmosphere with many of the local suits congregating to let their hair down and discuss their next big merger. A great selection of food and drinks is available for even the most discerning of connoisseurs.
Ryans Bar: In the heart of the city and most open air Ryans Bar is the perfect venue for enjoying the summer evenings after work. With a relaxed atmosphere and the music is typically the perfect level to have a conversation. Generally where the execs will be pre-drinking before heading out for a big night on the town.
Opera Bar: The view from opera bar is simply spectacular, when the weather is good tourists and locals alike flock to the promenade by the water to watch the sun go down with a drink or two. You would think given the view that the price would match however, drinks cost about the same as they would in a dark and dirty pub.
Establishment: Being a main attraction on George St, Establishment has always been one of the best bars to go to in the middle of the CBD. With a number of areas inside including a beautiful inside courtyard called the Gin Garden. This bar keeps going well into the night as you see the ties become looser and looser.
Cargo Bar: With a typically younger crowd Cargo is always a big hit being on the waterfront of Darling Harbour. A huge courtyard overlooking the water is always busy especially going into summer.
Bungalow 8: Featuring a beautiful view of darling harbour Bungalow 8 is the place to go for the local execs. A strict dress code keeps out the “riff raff”, which helps keep the exclusivity of the place. Cocktails here are not just slapped together but skillfully created like a piece of art, which is great to watch when it’s your drink, but not so much when you’re waiting to order your drink.
Papa Dedes: A relatively new establishment hidden away in the middle of the city. The staff here are amazingly lovely and nothing is too much of a hassle. Have a chat with them and they will tell you the background behind each cocktail which really adds to an awesome atmosphere and chilled bar.
Button Bar: Button bar is yet another speakeasy bar in Surry Hills with a totally nondescript door inside you’ll be thrown back with many people saying it’s like going back to the pirate days. It’s a great place to enjoy some cheeky drinks in a nicely themed bar.
Dove and Olive: In the heart of Surry Hills the Dove and Olive is home a number of nice craft beers and delicious food. With a relaxed atmosphere and small rooftop courtyard only a stones throw from the centre of the CBD the Dove and Olive is typically filled with the people from the creative industries that call Surry hills home.