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The Top Bars & Pubs To Drink And Dine At In Sydney

Bars, Drink, Eat, Guide, Sydney / May 27, 2020

Ready for a drink? Discover the Sydney bars and pubs that have reopened.

Whether you’re looking for a pub feed, a pint or a well-made cocktail, there are plenty of top-notch spots to visit across Sydney. We’ve rounded up our favourite Sydney bars and pubs that are now open for dine-in eats and drink.

Alberto’s Lounge, CBD

From June 1st, the neighbourhood Italian restaurant and wine bar Alberto’s will be open for dine-in daily from 5pm till late. Although walk-ins are welcome, the venue recommends booking ahead here.

Bar Totti’s, CBD

For those craving a dose of delicious wood-fired bread, we’ve got some great news. The crew from Bar Totti’s are open again, welcoming up to 10 patrons into the venue for a meal and a drink at a time. The venue won’t be taking bookings, so it’s first in best dressed. Find out more here.

Bar Jr, Redfern

Reopening on June 10th, the neighbourhood spot Bar Jr will be taking bookings for dine-in from Wednesday to Saturday. All diners will be served a five-course set menu. Want to find out more or secure your spot? Email the venue here: hello@bartjr.com.au.

bibo Wine Bar

The team from Double Bay’s iconic wine bar bibo will be taking bookings for limited dine-in service from Thursday, May 28th onwards. Score delicious vino and eats from this top-notch spot. Get in quick, they’ve already booked out nearly the first month of weekends! Find out more here.

Bistro Moncur, Woollahra

Bistro Moncur French Restaurant is an institution that first opened its doors 25 years ago in Woollahra. Bistro Moncur offers a perennially consistent French bistro menu alongside daily specials which showcase the best of Australia’s seasonal produce. The venue is currently open Tuesday-Wednesday from 5:30pm-8:00pm (last booking) / Thursday-Sunday from 12pm-8:00pm. Bookings are currently limited to 10 per booking (no split bills). To book, click here.

Bitter Phew, Darlinghurst

Head upstairs this Oxford Street haunt and discover a world of wild, crazy and delicious craft brews. Bitter Phew is an epic taproom boasting cosy bar seating and a keg garden out back. Find out more here.

Bodega x Wyno, Surry Hills

The beloved wine bar Bodega x Wyno has reopened for dine-in, now taking bookings for groups of 2-10 people. The venue  will be offering pre-dinner drinks from 4.30pm-5.45pm and dining on 2 seatings 6pm and 8.30pm Tuesday – Saturday. Find out more here.

Brix Distillers, Surry Hills

Sydney’s top rum distillery Brix Distillers is back open for dine-in eats and drinks. Sample everything from fish tacos to rum glazed pork ribs and delicious rum-focused cocktails. Find out more here.

Bulletin Place, CBD

Want to catch up with 9 of your closest mates at one of the CBD’s best bars? The crew from Bulletin Place, one of Australia’s most awarded bars, are now taking inquiries for private events of up to 10 people. Get ready to craft your own cocktail experience curated to the tastes of you and your guests! Want to secure your spot? Click here.

Cantina OK!, CBD

The micro mezcal bar Cantina OK! finds its home in the laneways of Sydney’s CBD. Stroll down Council Place and you’ll find some of the best cocktails the city has to offer. Find out more here.

Coogee Wine Room, Coogee

Coogee’s first wine bar is back open for dine-in! With over 400 delicious wines on their menu, expect delicious drops and Mediterranean-inspired eats. Bookings are essential. Find out more here.

Cottonmouth Records, Enmore

Part record store, part small bar, Cottonmouth Records is the perfect spot to grab a delicious drink in Enmore. Whether you opt for beer, whisky or a delicious spirit, you’ll be in for a treat. Find out more here.

The Courthouse Hotel, Newtown

Newtown’s beloved The Courty is now open from midday to midnight every day from June 1st. Space will be limited as the venue is practicing social distancing, but bookings are open for up to 10 people. Find out more here.

Dear Sainte Eloise, Potts Point

Missing delicious bar snacks, pasta and top-notch vino? Luckily, the team from Dear Sainte Eloise are now taking bookings every night of the week. Punters will be dining from their Feed Me More set menu, with weekend spots filling up past! Find out more here.

Double Deuce Lounge, CBD

Channeling serious 70s vibes, Double Deuce Lounge is a moody cocktail lounge perfect for a tipple in the CBD. This subterranean spot delivers some of the best cocktails Sydney has to offer. Find out more here.

Dulcie’s, Kings Cross

This basement drinking parlour and drinking den has reopened for walk-ins. Plus, the venue will still be offering delicious takeaway booze as well. Find out more here.

Eau De Vie, Darlinghurst

Craving a dose of speakeasy vibes and delicious cocktails? Good news: Eau De Vie is now open for dine-in. From Friday, June 5th punters can book online for a sitting on Friday or Saturday nights. To find out more, click here.

Fix Wine Bar, CBD

Need a glass of wine and delicious eats? Make a booking at one of the CBD’s best wine bars, Fix Wine Bar. The venue will be offering an A La Carte menu for up to 10 dine-up patrons at a time (hour-long slots), with delicious drinks on offer as well. Spots are filling up fast, so find out more here.

Four Pillars Gin Lab, Surry Hills

Alright so this next spot is technically a new opening, but it deserves another mention. Set in the heart of Sury Hills is Four Pillar’s first Sydney outpost, boasting a destination cocktail bar, gin lab and gin shop. Find out more here.

Gin Lane, Chippendale

One of Sydney’s top gin bars has reopened for dine-in. Located in the heart of Chippendale on Kensington Street, Gin Lane will be taking bookings for Tuesdays to Saturdays. Get in touch with the venue by emailing: hello@ginlanesydney.com.

Golden Gully, Leichhardt 

Looking for a dose of delicious wine bar eats and drinks? The crew from Leichhardt’s Golden Gully bar are now taking bookings for small groups from Wednesday to Sundays. Want to nab a table? Get in touch with team via DM on Instagram here.

Henry Deane, Millers Point

Hotel Palisade’s iconic bar and restaurant Henry Deane will be opening from Friday, May 29th for Friday to Sunday dining. Bookings are now being taken for May 28th onwards via phone only on  9018 0123 (lines open Mon to Sat 9am to 5pm). Plus, a credit card deposit of $50pp will be required at the time of booking which will be redeemable against your bill, with strictly 2-hour sittings. Find out more here.

Huberts, CBD

French eats and delicious wines are back on the menu! From Wednesday, June 3rd Huberts will be open from Wednesdays to Saturdays from 5pm till late (for dinner only). Due to reduced capacity, the venue recommends booking ahead online here.

Isabel, Bondi

From May 22nd, Isabel will be opening the doors on a Friday and Saturday night for you to enjoy their kaiseki menus. This includes 4 courses of cocktails with matched food will set you back $70, and 6 courses $90. Bookings are essential, so call the venue on 1800 411 774 or click here to book.

Jacoby’s Tiki Bar, Enmore

The oh-so-fun tiki bar, Jacboy’s is now open again for dine-in service. From June 2nd, the bar will be open with a max. capacity of 25 patrons. The bar will be open Tues, Wed and Sun 6-12am and Thurs to Sat from 6pm to 2am. It’s walk-ins only, first come first serve (with no bookings yet). Find out more here.

Little Felix, CBD

The French-inspired cocktail bar, Little Felix will be reopened for dine-in from June 3rd. Punters can grab a seat to order wines and delicious cheeses. To book your spot, click here.

Love Tilly Devine, Darlinghurst 

The intimate Darlinghurst wine bar Love Tilly Devine is now taking reservations every day of the week. All bookings are being taken online, with walk-ins available (but due to strict limits your best bet is to book ahead). To book your spot for a delicious drinking and dining experience, click here.

Many Wharf Hotel, Manly

Manly Wharf Hotel, known by the locals as ‘Wharf Bar’, is an iconic Manly venue for a long lunch or an evening of drinks with friends. Perched on the water’s edge overlooking Sydney Harbour and Manly ferries, the Jetty Bar is the perfect spot to while away an afternoon. The seaside pub has a seasonal lunch and dinner menu with a popular seafood selection, gourmet pizzas, salads and grills. Resident DJs hit the decks on Friday, Saturday and Sundays, and sport broadcasts live and loud throughout the year. Find out more here.

Maybe Sammy, CBD

The awarded 1905s inspired bar Maybe Sammy is open for punters once again. Situated in the heart of The Rocks on Harrington Street, the 70 seater venue comes oozing in old Vegas character, pink velvet banquets, leather clad-seats and high stools adorning the space. And expert cocktails to knock your socks off, too. Find out more here.

Mimi’s, Coogee Pavilion 

With stunning vistas of Coogee’s sparkling shores, the Mediterranean restaurant-meets-bar Mimi’s will be open for dine-in from Tuesday, June 1st. To find out more, click here.

Misfits, Redfern

Misfits is an eclectic bar and lounge in Redfern. Nestle into a booth in the lively bar, sit by the fire in the secret cocktail lounge behind the bookcase, or hang out in the glasshouse courtyard and enjoy a casual dining menu of bar and bistro favourites. The interiors have a subtle retro feel with splashes of colour. Follow the neon lights up the stairs to find Twiggy on the walls and The Beatles playing in the background. Misfits opens June 4. Find out more here.

Nick and Nora’s, Parramatta 

From June 5th, the cocktail and champagne bar Nick and Nora’s will be taking bookings online for Friday and Saturday evenings. To find out more and to get in touch with the venue, click here.

No. 5 Restaurant, Alexandria

Tucked away in the backstreets of Alexandria, the converted warehouse venue No. 5 Restaurant is back open for dine-in. The restaurant is back operating for dinner from Wednesday to Sunday with an innovative A La Carte and Chef’s Sharing menus available. The team has also recently introduced weekend lunches, which includes a $40 set lunch and the cocktail of the week available as an add on for $25 for 2 hours of bottomless service. Find out more here.

No. 92 GPR, Glebe

The neighbourhood wine bar, restaurant and cafe No. 92 GPR is back open. This stunning space is perfect for an evening tipple with a delicious menu of drinks and snacks on offer. Find out more here.

Ode, Bondi

The neighbourhood bar-meets-restaurant Ode is now open for dine-in service. The venue will be open Thursday to Saturday for lunch and dinner, serving a set menu for all guests ($80 per head). Prepayment is essential, with menu options available for vegetarians, seafood or a mix of seafood and meat plus drinks are pay as you go. Find out more here.

Prince of York, CBD

Missing the CBD wine bar Prince of York? The team is now taking bookings for groups up to 10 people throughout May, June and beyond. Split across three levels, revelers can book particular sections of the venue to enjoy exclusively with their guests. Plus to take the stress out of deciding what to eat and drink, Prince of York’s team can curate set menus, bespoke degustation menus and drinks packages to suit every taste. To secure your spot, email the team on hello@princeofyork.com.au with your preferred date and time or call the venue on (02) 8066 0550.

The Bank, Newtown

Ready for a delicious pub feed? Head to Newtown’s The Bank for an epic pub experience. To book your spot, click here.

The Clock Hotel, Surry Hills

Grab a seat at The Clock once again! This iconic pub has just reopened for dine-in, and you can even book your spot ahead of time. Find out more here.

The Duke of Clarence, CBD

Inspired by 18th Century London taverns, The Duke of Clarence is the perfect spot for cocktails, cask ale and unmistakably British eats. The best bit? The venue has reopened. Find out more and book your spot online here.

The Cumberland, Manly

Located behind a 1920s fridge door, Manly’s secret bar The Cumberland is a prohibition-inspired drinking den not to be missed. An impressive whisky offering takes pride and place on the drinks menu, with a 250+ selection available, spanning the globe. Classic cocktails are also given a Northern Beaches twist, with many locally foraged botanicals used as key ingredients. Find out more here.

The Erko, Erskineville

From June 1st, The Erko will be swinging open their doors for punters once again. Get ready to drink and dine in their iconic beer garden as you chow down on delicious smoked meats and throw back a couple of ice-cold beers. Find out more and book your spot here.

The Glenmore, The Rocks

Positioned in the heart of The Rocks, The Glenmore has been an Aussie icon since 1921, boasting one of the best rooftop bars in the city with stellar views of Sydney Harbour. Just as popular as the sundrenched rooftop is the delicious pub fare – the classics you know-and-love done well, including hot wings, pulled pork rolls, and BBQ beef ribs. Tucked away on the middle level is a classic Hollywood-inspired cocktail bar – perfect for intimate drinks with friends or cosying up in winter. Fun fact: it is one of the last surviving pre-Harbour Bridge buildings on Cumberland Street. The Glenmore is open from June 4. Find out more here.

The Lansdowne Hotel, Chippendale

Known for live music, no-frills bar food and Mary’s burger-flavoured pizza, we’re thrilled to see The Lansdowne Hotel reopen their doors from June 1. Plus, make sure to check out the new rooftop spot Mary’s On Top, open from June 4.

The Oxford Tavern, Petersham

Delicious booze and hot BBQ are back! Petersham’s The Oxford Hotel will be pouring delicious brews once again, with bookings available online here.

The Royal, Bondi 

Merivale’s iconic eastern suburbs pub, The Royal, is open once again for dine-in eats and drinks. Find out more here.

The Royal Hotel, Leichhardt

The Royal Hotel is a local pub positioned in the heart of Leichhardt. On the upper level, The Botanical dining rooms and terrace feature lush interiors, vibrant greenery, and serve great pub food and cocktails. The grand heritage-style wrap-around balcony overlooks Norton Street and is perfect for a long lunch or drinks with family and friends. Downstairs is a main bar serving pub classics and hosts weekly trivia nights. The Royal is now open. Find out more here.

The Tudor Hotel, Redfern

The Tudor offers a great local pub experience for those that live, work and play in the Redfern area. The ground-level main bar is the perfect spot for a beer, and a dining space and courtyard that’s great for a bite to eat. The affordable menu serves up pub classics such as southside chicken burger; bangers and mash; and beer battered flathead and chips. There is a range of weekly specials and events including trivia Wednesdays, comedy Thursdays and Sunday roast. The Tudor Hotel is now open. Find out more here.

The Unicorn Hotel, Paddington

Craving a classic pub feed and delicious natural vino? Paddington’s The Unicorn Hotel is back and open for bookings. Find out more here.

The Wine Library, Woollahra

With an evolving menu of classic wine bar snacks and delicious wines, the team from Woollahra’s The Wine Library are now taking bookings for limited dine-in service. The venue will be open from Tuesday to Saturday (12pm till late). To secure your spot, click here.

Woollahra Hotel

The Woollahra Hotel is an iconic local centrepiece in the community that has evolved and changed throughout the years. After a few weeks of renovation, it is finally back to offer an elevated pub dining experience that goes beyond the traditional definition of ‘pub grub’ – get ready to indulge in new contemporary pub food with Asian influence.

The venue is currently open Wednesday-Thursday from 4pm till late / Friday-Sunday from 12pm till late. Bookings are currently 10 per booking (until restrictions are eased with no split bookings in compliance with the NSW govt restrictions). To book, please call the venue on 02 9327 9777.

Zephyr Rooftop Bar, CBD

The highly anticipated return of Zephyr rooftop bar is here. With an unrivaled location, twelve floors up overlooking Sydney’s Darling Harbour, Zephyr boasts a selection of inventive new cocktails, a seasonal snack menu and arguably one of the best spots to watch a Sydney sunset with a drink in hand.

During lockdown the team were busy testing new ideas and some exciting new cocktails have been added to the menu. For those that like a little heat, try the Smoked Chilli Margarita, with volcanic salt and chilli rim. Looking for something sweet that still packs a punch, the Choco Banana dark and spiced rum cocktail, served with a chocolate cigar will be a treat and with Spring just around the corner, the Elderflower Martini with edible flowers offers a refreshing twist to a classic favourite.

Zephyr is now open every Thursday to Saturday from 3pm ‘til late. Plus, the venue is also available for bar buyouts and exclusive hire. Find out more here

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