Friday is here and happy hour is calling, so our Lifestyle team have reached to our loyal supporters for their best “Secret” bars in Sydney.

Secret bars

Ash Street Cellar
1 Ash Street

Laneway just off George Street next to Ivy, up-market. A modern European-style bistro, Ash St. Cellar and wine bar is intimately tucked away behind ivy.  The wine list has an international flavour with wines from Spain, France, the USA and South Africa.  There is something for everyone with a tapas style menu for grazing over a cheeky glass of wine in the intimate bistro setting.

Baxter Inn
152 – 156 Clarence Street

This is one of Sydney’s seriously cool bars, set in a Basement with a retro American-style saloon. A Whisky focused bar with 300 different whisky’s on offer and full of character.   If whisky is not your order of the day, the beverage menu offers beers on tap, classic cocktails and an impressive wine list.

Grandma’s Bar
275 Clarence Street

Cosmopolitan kitsch and granny glamour, venue is down in the basement underneath a guitar shop. Look for a giant deer’s head on the wall and follow the set of astro turfed stairs down to the bar and you will find this ode to kitsch with glamorous retro-trinkets with a warm and quirk atmosphere.

1 Temperance Lane

Small, rustic, drinks are served in jam jars. This is a true Sydney city small bar located in Temperance Lane, just off George St and up from Louis Vuitton store.  With two busy levels – during the week it is full of corporate suits enjoying the dark, sparsely decorated space with old newspapers on the walls.

Love, Tilly Devine
91 Crown Lane, Darlinghurst

Hidden wine bar, place to take a date.  Love Tilly Devine is one of Sydney’s hottest ticket in town. Chef Tim Webber and sommelier Matt Swieboda (ex-Quay) have created a nostalgic romantic feel with rough timber, hanging ferns, kitchen bric-a-brac and intimate tables.  The wine list is serious business, with  nearly 300 wines on offerings 

Palmer & Co.
Abercrombie Lane

This Merivale cocktail bar predominately from the era of the 1920’s and 30’s offering the perfect retreat for that after work catch up with colleagues and friends.  This Paris feel venture’s focus is on cocktails and spirits, with over 30 gins, more than 80 whiskies and more 40 tequilas and absinthes, many not available outside Palmer & Co.  If spirits aren’t your flavour, there are 26 Champagnes, both Australian and International wines on the menu to select from for your aperitif.   Looking for a food accompaniment with your cocktails , the daily offer of sandwich specials, meatballs, charcuterie plates and mac and cheese is sure to please.

Papa Gede’s
348 Kent Street

Papa Gedes Bar is a small friendly small bar in a quiet Sydney’s laneway.  Inspired by it’s namesake, the “Voodoo Spirit of Lust & Humour, Mascot of Good Times”, the bar captures the voodoo theme well.  Found at the end of a laneway/driveway at 346-348 Kent St the venue was previously a garage.

Small Bar
48 Erskine Street

Small bar that ticks the boxes, great selection of wines by the glass, boutique beers and home cooked food.   If you are after a little wining and dining experience in Sydney city, be sure to add Small Bar on Erskine Street street to your list.   Enjoy a boutique beer or wine by the glass in the laneway bar or take a seat in the rustic split level indoors.

The Lobo Plantation
Basement Level, 209 Clarence Street

Lobo Plantation, a groovy basement rum bar in the CBD. Fitted out with emerald walls, rattan lamps and bentwood bar stools, Lobo captures the grandeur of a Caribbean summerhouse.  The soft couches and furnishings ensure comfort while you work your way through over 150 rums on offer. 

Despite Lobo Plantation having a dominate rum-theme, you can also choose from a selection of wines, including sparkling by the glass, or selection of beers and ciders.   On the food menu, there are a dozen Central American dishes that are easy to share.

The Barber Shop
89 York Street

This very cool retro-styled bar is decked out like an old school barbershop with gents a haircut, beard trim, or shave on offer. The faintly industrial room is decked out in barbershop paraphernalia, but it’s still very much a bar with 31 gins on the menu, ranging from a basic Beefeater or crafted, dry Melbourne Gin Co. gin from the Yarra Valley, to a stunning 1970s edition Plymouth Gin; to be in enjoyed with a selection of charcuterie boards .

Since I Left You
33 Kent Street

Located in the heart of the Sydney CBD in a heritage-listed storehouse, this bar has been designed with a relaxed and welcoming feel mixed with old-school decadence and charm.  The cobblestone carriageway, airy industrial courtyard, reclaimed wooden bar and candlelit milieu conveys the essence of this sexy, 1920’s bar.

In keeping with theme of the venue, the bar’s philosophy is elegant simplicity. On offer is a concise selection of international and local wines, a creative list of signature cocktails, and of the finest selection of spirits. The food provides the perfect complement to
the experience, featuring only the best produce from Australia and abroad.

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