The 11th best bar in the world has a new list with bergamot bubbles, mango gelato and porcini mushroom perfume | Source: Anna Kucera

Sydney After Dark: The Best Cocktail Bars in Town

The weather’s warming up, restrictions are lifted and the holiday season is almost here. With plenty to celebrate, there’s never been a better time to hit up some of Sydney’s best cocktail bars. From hidden laneway joints to glitzy rooftops, these bars are serving up everything from afternoon tropical punch jugs to late-night Martinis. If you’re looking for a good time in Sydney then these bars aren’t going to let you down.

Maybe Sammy

From the glamorous 1950’s rat-pack inspired interior to the dapperly dressed bartenders serving up a menu of decadent cocktails, it’s obvious why Maybe Sammy holds 11th place on the World’s 50 Best Bars list. Located in The Rocks, the bar is known for its high level of guest service and stylish drink offerings. We recommend going for the popular ‘Till You Hear The Bell that’s made with Don Julio Blanco, Dry Vermouth, Palo Santo and red bell pepper and lemon, or if you’re searching for a more refreshing tipple then the Rhythm of Life with Bacardi Carta Blanca, coconut cold brew, grapefruit and fig might be the drink for you.

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Nick and Nora’s 

The non-stop party that is Nick and Nora’s is the place to be on a Saturday night. The rooftop bar takes its name from Dashiell Hammett’s literary detective duo, Nick and Nora Charles, from The Thin Man. Taking the literary character’s passion for champagne seriously, it’s not unusual to find the bar filled with the overflowing champagne towers paired with oysters and a host of other decadent canapés. Cocktail wise, Nick and Nora’s offer an extensive menu of champagne and spirit-based cocktails. In our opinion, you can’t beat taking in a view of Sydney’s West CBD with the bar’s fabulous French Cannon cocktail in hand.

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Cantina OK!

Based around the lesser-known sibling of tequila, mezcal, Cantina Ok! describes itself as a micro mezcal mecca. The 20-seat cocktail bar is stocked with hand-sourced and handmade agave spirits that are famously served with hand-shaved ice and hand-pressed limes. If you haven’t had much experience before then the knowledgeable staff are there to help you figure out your favourite pairing. Joining Maybe Sammy on the World’s 50 Best Bar list, Cantina OK! should definitely be on your Sydney bar bucket list.

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Little Felix 

Stumble into 20th century Paris on your next date night with a visit to Sydney’s Little Felix. The elegant cocktail bar brings the opulence of 20th-century Parisian hotel bars into the Sydney CBD. Designed by the creators of Felix Restaurant, regulars will recognise the two establishment’s sophisticated similarities. We recommend starting with the Paris Meridian, a favourite in the 1915 Paris cocktail scene, the drink is made with champagne, gin, lemon, and French thyme liqueur. If you’re after something a little darker then look no further than the Dame En Rouge, made with Hennessy VS, Maurin Quina, Red Fruit Sorbet and Soda.

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The Sunshine Inn 

This neighbourhood bar is a firm favourite among Sydney crowds. With a laid-back alfresco, the bar’s offerings are anything but. Serving up cocktails infused with Australian natives and a delicious vegetarian dining menu, The Sunshine Inn is leading the way in the modern Australian small bar scene. The Sunshine Inn bartenders are happy to whip up basically anything that you want but we recommend trying the Moving to The Country with Mt Gay Rum. peach shrub, peach sherbet and lime.

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Looking for more places to drink around Australia? Check out our favourite gin bars in Sydney, beer gardens in Melbourne and cocktail bars in Perth.

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