FUNKY BARS YOU HAVE TO VISIT IN SYDNEY.
Sorry for my wee absence, I had my best friends from New Zealand staying at obviously all we did was a whole lot of eating and drinking, which is why I thought although I am back to reality now, it doesn't mean I can't write a blog post about all my favourite places in Sydney to eat and drink, right?
LETS GET TO IT, BABE.
1) THE SODA FACTORY.
Imagine entering a bar through a fifties coke machine that does not look like a door at all, thats what The Soda Factory is. If the door isn't exciting enough for you, the macaroni and cheese spring rolls or the abundance of fried chicken might be. Soda Factory is the ultimate American diner with great music, food and cocktails. If you are heading for a night out in Sydney and not sure where to start it, hit up The Soda Factory.
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15 Wentworth Avenue, Surry Hills.
2) LIL DARLIN/THE STONED CROW.
You may be wondering why I've named two bars at once but they are (almost) the same place. One is for the babes on the north side of the bridge, the other is for the rest of you. If there is one reason to go to either of these places its for HAPPY HOUR. Lil Darlin has $10 cocktails 5-7pm and 10-11.30pm on Friday and Saturday, The Stoned Crow has $10 cocktails after 9pm every day of the week. We aren't talking average cocktails here either, these are amazing cocktails with candy floss hanging out of them and the whole shabang. The perfect place to start or end your night, my favourite is the Vera Green... Try it if you dare.
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Lil Darlin: 420 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills/235 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst.
The Stoned Crow: 39 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest.
Picture this: A Japanese bar with katsu curry fries, old school video games, air hockey and karaoke. This is Goros in a nutshell, its the perfect place to start your night with some new age Japanese style food and some drinks whilst having a game of air hockey or getting a karaoke room for you and your friends. If you love fries and a good katsu curry like me, you need to go here, either for dinner or the start of a big night bar hopping.
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84-86 Mary Street, Surry Hills.
4) THE WILD ROVER.
Another inconspicious bar to add to the list. If the person I was with hadn't been here before, I would've never found it. Its very hidden and when you open the door, sometimes the bar staff go WOOHOO, to welcome you. (How can you not love it?) Once you walk in its a ambience like no other, the lights dimmed, brown leather booths to sit in and it feels extremely intimate but not overcrowded at all. (Not when I went at least). The Wild Rover is a whiskey bar but don't let that scare you if you aren't a huge whiskey fan, the cocktails here are OFF THE HOOK. To say the least, I can't remember which cocktails we tried but I assure you anything you pick off the menu will make you very happy. The Wild Rover is a great place to wind down at the end of the night or a nice stop after dinner.
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75 Campbell Street, Surry Hills.
5) ASSEMBLY BAR.
Assembly Bar wins with great cocktails AND food all in one. Whether you want a cocktail in a skull head to share with friends or some really good fried chicken, or just a cocktail that the bartender lights on fire. Assembly Bar is based in the city and has good vibes all round, just don't get the zombie cocktail if you want to be walking the next day, literally.
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488 Kent Street, Sydney.
6) THE FOXTROT INN.
The North Shores best kept secret, this is hands down one of the best small bars I've been to. They have a bang for your buck list which is basically $10 cocktails that are way too yummy for the price. They always have good live music and the bar staff are always pleasures (nothing like good service). If you happen to be on the North Shore, you need to check this one out. Its cosy and the perfect place to hideaway from the world and enjoy what it has to offer.
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28 Falcon Street, Crows Nest.
7) THE CLOCK HOTEL.
The best place to go if you are with a big group! This place is HUGE, with heaps of different rooms including a great outdoor area and a whiskey room. Whatever you are and your friends are vibing on a Friday or Saturday night, there is something for everyone. I love this place for an afternoon wine and fries in the courtyard or just a chill Saturday night. P.s. Dogs are welcome in the courtyard at all times (THE DREAM).
Image by me, of the courtyard.
470 Crown Street, Surry Hills.
8) YOUNG HENRYS.
I can't think of any place to be on a 40 degree Sunday than Young Henrys, its a brewery and if you don't reeeeallly like beer like me, the cider is fantastic. The brewery has all the good vibes, good beats, funky decor and there is usually a food truck parked up outside to get the goods. Its a bit hidden away which makes it all the more fun, if you are visiting Sydney this is def a place to visit! Just a place to chill, relax and enjoy the beer or cider on tap.
76 Wilford Street, Newtown.
9) BUTTON BAR.
Just as cute as it sounds, buttons is a small pirate themed bar. Its intimate, cosy and has really good cocktails. I have only been here once but find the staff really accommodating, we came in with a quite a big group for a small place and they promptly got a booth for us! Also, they have vegemite pizza..... YES PLEASE. As you can tell, I obviously really like inconspicuous small bars with good cocktail lists.
Image by me.
65 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills.
10) ALL OF THE BELOW.
I decided I reached 10 and I still had like 20 more to go (not really 20 but you get me), so if you somehow have travelled to all of the above here is some more of my very favourites to keep you bar hopping around Sydney:
- THE DOLPHIN HOTEL - 412 CROWN STREET, SURRY HILLS.
- BAXTERS (Stevo says this is a MUST) - 152-156 Clarence Street
- HENRY DEANE ROOFTOP @ HOTEL PALISADE - 35 Bettington Street, Millers Point.
- JACOBYS TIKI BAR - 154 Enmore Road, Enmore.
- MARY'S (Go here for a good burger) - 6 Mary Street, Newtown.
- GRANDMAS BAR - 275 Clarence Street
- THE BANK - 324 King Street, Newtown.
- HARPOON HARRY - 40-44 Wentworth Avenue, Surry Hills.
- CORRIDOR - 153A King Street, Newtown.
- ROSIE CAMPBELLS - 320 Crown Street, Surry Hills.
I hope you guys enjoyed this post and if you're visiting Sydney and manage to get to any of these places, tell me your thoughts! Also, if you know of any other funky bars you think I would like, also let me know. Bar hopping and finding new places to eat and drink is my favourite thing.
Have a fab week,