In recent years, Sydney’s bar scene has really taken a turn for the better, with hidden bunkers and aperitivo hours popping up from Newtown to North Sydney.
So, when it comes to TGI-Fridays, Sydney slickers are certainly spoiled for choice.
From elegant wine bars to stylish speakeasies, whether you’re on the hunt for the best Whiskey Sour, or perhaps you’d rather embrace the happiest of happy hours, we’ve rounded up some of Sydney’s best bars that will get your night going!
The Baxter Inn
A hidden candlelight whiskey room in the back streets of the CBD, The Baxter Inn is the perfect post-work drinking hole. Be sure to get in early though, as this place can get super busy with the regular 9-5ers hitting up their local for a thirst quenching whiskey on the rocks.
For the cocktail aficionados, this is your place. Kittyhawk is an old worldly luxuriously themed bar that will have you stepping back in time as you sip on dry sherry and nestle into one of the leather booths dotted around the place. Located in the finance district of the CBD, if you can get a table before it packs out, it’s well worth it for both drinks and a stomach lining feed before taking your party to the D-floor.
The Barber Shop
Gin lovers unite. The Barber Shop isn’t like your average cut and dry. Enter via the men’s grooming parlour and be transported through a secret door into gin heaven. With over 80 different types of gin on the menu, the G&Ts here are made with love and packed full of flavour. Lowlight and boasting retro vibes, with noteworthy charcuterie boards to team with your poison, The Barber Shop is the perfect place to get the party started.
A must visit, Lobo Plantation oozes Cuban charm and with decorative banana palms and flamingo tiles, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d stepped on set with Johnny Depp in the movie, “The Rum Diaries”. With an incredible cocktail list, crafted by their extremely talented bar tenders, every drink is as delicious as the next. Partner your sip with the Cuban tastes of home cooked Empanadas and you’ll find yourself in TGIF heaven at this stylish underground bar.
Whether you’re a fan of French dining, or perhaps you enjoy spending your time in vintage inspired speakeasies with grand interiors that put a touch of elegance onto your evening, then Restaurant Hubert is for you. Low ceilings and dim lighting create an atmosphere that reflects post-war France during a time of prohibition. With an incredible wine list, you can sip on a fancy drop to the sounds of Frank Sinatra, while enjoying some of your favourite French classics such as Chicken Fricassee.
Image Credit: Lobo Plantation