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Top Bars in Sydney - Your Favourite Sydney Bars

  • Nightlife in Sydney is some of the liveliest in the world, with a wide variety of pubs, cocktail bars, clubs and more. To help find some of the best ones, we asked for your help over on our Hostelworld.com Facebook page, with the best answers winning a free Hostelworld.com Gold Card worth $10. Here’s what you told us...
  • Scruffy Murphy’s

    Wendy Grayson says:

    Scruffy Murphy's - 24 hour bar!

    Scruffy Murphy’s is also recommended by: Ashleigh Adams and Andrew Bowdin.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    The main bar in Scruffy Murphy’s, a hotel which also boasts a nightclub and a lounge, is a hugely popular spot thanks to its non-stop action. That’s right! No matter what time of day or night, this Irish bar is open, serving up a large selection of reasonably priced drinks. Plenty of drinks specials are offered, with each day bringing something different. There’s lot of live music and other events to check out here too.

    Location: 43 - 49 Goulburn Street.
    Opening hours: Daily, 24 hours.

  • Cargo Bar

    Adriano Leonardo says:

    Cargo bar! It has the best views overlooking the harbour and opera house and the music there goes off too!

    Cargo Bar is also recommended by: Gaelle VINCENT and Katharine Fowler.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Established in 2000, this stylish bar and lounge stretches out over two levels. With plenty of seats inside, plus its own beer garden, this waterside bar is a popular place for a drink. Here you’ll be able to hear some of the top local DJs and musical acts and see all the main sporting events, all while enjoying a drink from the great selection on offer from cold beer to classy cocktails.

    Location: 3 Lime Street.

  • Helm Bar

    Beba Petrovic says:

    Helm Bar, it s so stylish and at the same time pleasant!!!

    Hostelworld.com says:

    A cocktail bar offering great views of Cockle Bar and close to Sydney’s famous Aquarium, Helm Bar also serves up Australian wines, beers from around the world and lots more alongside its colourful cocktails. On Sundays you’ll hear live jazz out on the deck, with plenty of other events also taking place here.

    Location: Aquarium Wharf, Wheat Road, Darling Harbour.

  • Manly Wharf Bar

    Klara Kalocsay says:

    Wharf Bar in Manly- has a great view over the harbour, right on the beach, has a great atmosphere and has dinner and drink specials every night! You can't beat that!

    Hostelworld.com says:

    The main bar in the Manly Wharf Hotel has its own deck, offering great views out across the harbour and is a great spot to sit with your drink. Inside, the bar is modern yet comfortable with a fireplace for cold winter days, its own pool table and more. The drinks menu includes plenty of beers, both local and imported.

    Location: East Esplanade, Manly.
    Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11.30am-12am, Sat 11am-12am, Sun 11am-10pm.

  • Pocket Bar

    Dean White says:

    Pocket Bar (on Bourke)- kind of like hanging out in someones garage slash lounge room with really good crepes, coffee & loose cocktails :)

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Pocket Bar is a laid-back, hole-in-the-wall type bar with no dress code, no cover charge and lots of reasonably priced drinks including cocktails, spirits, wines and more.

    Location: 13 Burton Street.
    Opening hours: Mon 5pm-12am, Tues-Fri 8am-12am, Sat-Sun 9am-12am.

  • The Scary Canary

    Nico Wendler says:

    "The Scary Canary" on Kent Street is a very very good place to chill. Also check in in the Base Hostel which is directly connected to the bar...

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Popular with both locals and visitors, the Scary Canary is a stylish bar offering a great drinks menu. Along with a selection of red and white wines, you’ll also find bottled and draught beers aplenty.

    Location: 469 Kent Street.
    Opening hours: Mon-Fri from 12pm, Sat from 6pm, Sun from 5pm.

  • Opera Bar

    Claudine Kaminski says:

    Opera Bar. You have a view of the harbour, opera house and great music. Where everyone dresses up and there's a great social atmosphere. It's not a seedy bar and it's not a cheap bar, but it's well worth it for the service and the views. You'll sit on the seats designed by Jorn Utzon and appreciate the master piece he designed, whether it be at sunset or in the beautiful clear blue sky with the moon and the stars. Cheers!!

    Opera Bar is also recommended by: Paul Chiu and Tom Baldwin.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Boasting an incredible location, Opera Bar offers top-notch views of the Opera House, Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge and lots more. Drinks-wise, you’ll find lots to choose from here including cocktails, wines, champagnes and even the Opera Bar’s own beer. Live music can be heard here on weekends.

    Location: Lower Concourse Level, Sydney Opera House.
    Opening hours: Daily from 11.30am.

  • Sidebar

    Anne Biddlecombe says:

    Sidebar under wake up hostel perfect place to meet new ppl n start a night on the cheap!!

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Part of the popular Wake Up! Sydney Central Hostel, this bar offers a huge selection of drinks, lots of great music and lots more. Promos, such as its cheap cocktails on Monday nights, make this a well-loved spot. Entertainment at the bar includes live music, DJ sessions and pool competitions.

    Location: 509 Pitt Street.

  • The Australian

    Julia Holmwood says:

    The Australian, near the rocks it is really relaxed and has great food.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    With seats both inside and outside, The Australian is a popular bar not far from the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Here you’ll be able to choose from a large selection of beer plus lots more. Various drinks offers are also available here.

    Location: 100 Cumberland Street.

  • 3 Wise Monkeys

    Meredith Brannon says:

    3 Wise Monkeys - 3 different bars on 3 floors

    Hostelworld.com says:

    3 Wise Monkeys has something for everything, with three distinct bar areas stretching up over three floors. Different drinks specials are offered each night on everything from cheap cocktails to beer and pizza. DJs and live bands can also be heard here.

    Location: 555 George Street.
    Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 10am-3am, Fri 10am-4am, Sat 11am-4am, Sun 11am-3am.

  • The Orbit Bar

    Kelly Burdon says:

    The Orbit Bar!!! fantastic!

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Orbit overlooks the city so at night you’ll be afforded with especially stunning views of Sydney as the sun sets and the bright lights come on. Drinks here compliment the cosmopolitan atmosphere, with a large selection of chic cocktails and wines available. Keep in mind that a dress code applies here.

    Location: Level 47, 264 George Street.
    Opening hours: Mon-Fri from 10am, Sat-Sun from 5pm.

  • FireFly Tapas & Wine Bar

    Oleksii Slobodzian says:

    FireFly Tapas & Wine Bar

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Right on the waterfront, this bar is a favourite with those who enjoy wine and tapas. Along with a large selection of both white and red wines, FireFly also serves up some top-notch cocktails and plenty of beer.

    Location: Pier Seven, 17 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay.
    Opening hours: Mon from 5pm, Tues-Sat from 12pm, closed Sun.

  • Scubar

    Wendy Grayson says:

    Scubar for crab racing!

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Underneath the Central YHA, Scubar is a wildly popular spot and it’s not hard to see why. Every day brings something different to this bar from crab racing on Mondays to live music Wednesdays to the pool competitions on Sundays. Cheap drinks promotions and food are also offered here.

    Location: 4 Rawson Place.

  • World Bar

    Catherine Boyd says:

    World bar! Cocktails in teapots mmmmm

    World Bar is also recommended by: Jezabel Hernandez Valenzuela.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Teapots filled with cocktails, a great selection of shots and plenty of beer – these are just part of what makes this spot so popular. Each night at the World Bar, you’ll find a different event taking place from Pop Panic on Tuesdays where you can enjoy karaoke and more to Mum, the bar’s Friday night indie party. The bar itself stretches over four floors, with a quirky interior to match its quirky offerings.

    Location: 24 Bayswater Road, Kings Cross.

  • The Excelsior

    Jezabel Hernandez Valenzuela says:

    The excelsior in Surry Hills

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Every night at the Excelsior you’ll be able to hear live music of the alternative rock persuasion play by top local bands and visiting musicians. You’ll find plenty of drinks to choose from while you enjoy the awesome soundtrack here.

    Location: 64 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills.

  • Water Bar

    Juan Manuel Cortés Navarro says:

    Water bar is the best!

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Before 7pm from Sunday to Friday you’ll be able to get your hands on your favourite cocktails and draught beer at reduced prices. The Water Bar, which is located in the BLUE Sydney hotel, also serves up a great selection of spirits along with nibbles aplenty!

    Location: 6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo.

  • O’Malley’s

    Sonia Estadie says:

    O'Malley's in Kings Cross, best live music and best beers!

    O’Malley’s is also recommended by: Morven Logan.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Found inside the hotel of the same name, O’Malley’s is an Irish bar serving up pints of Guinness alongside a bunch of Australian beers and more. Here you’ll be able to watch the big game, rub shoulders with people from all over the world and hear live music seven nights a week.

    Location: 228 William Street, Kings Cross.

  • The Cock and Bull

    Derek Burke says:

    The Cock and Bull Irish bar in Bondi Junction. The best pub to party in around bondi

    Hostelworld.com says:

    This casual Irish bar is part of the Grand Hotel and has space for dancing, live music acts, excellent Irish beers and lots of other drinks too.

    Location: 89 Ebley Street, Bondi Junction.
    Opening hours: Mon-Wed 8am-12am, Thurs-Sat 8am-2am, Sun 10am-12am.

  • The Glenmore

    Lorraine O' Reilly says:

    The Glenmore

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Located in one of Sydney’s most popular areas, this bar is part of the Glenmore Hotel which has been on the go since 1921. Popular with both local and tourists, the bar offers a great selection of drinks with plenty of seating both inside and outside. There’s also a Rooftop Bar here, which hosts a number of functions and boasts great views of Sydney Harbour.

    Location: 96 Cumberland Street, The Rocks.

  • Crystal Bar

    Clara Ávila Cantos says:

    mmm maybe Crystal Bar... I like it!!!

    Hostelworld.com says:

    You’ll find this stylish bar in the old GPO building at Martin Place. Boasting a great selection of delicious cocktails, the Crystal Bar hosts a variety of events. On Saturday nights, it’s the turn of ‘Crystal Boudoir’, a glamorous stage show, while on Friday’s and Saturday’s you’ll also hear DJs playing soul, funk and more.

    Location: No 1 Martin Place.

  • Sugarmill

    Levente Szabo says:

    what about Sugarmill?

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Thanks to its funky interior, well-stocked bar and top-notch promotions and events, the Sugarmill is a popular spot. DJ nights, live music, comedy performers and more can all be enjoyed here.

    Location: 33-37 Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross.

  • The Columbian

    Levi Lewis says:

    The Columbian on Oxford St

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Spread out over a couple of levels, this bar welcome both gay and straight patrons in large numbers. Offering a large selection of drinks, the Columbian has a friendly, welcoming atmosphere.

    Location: 117 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst.

  • Bavarian Bier Café

    Robbie Weiss says:

    Bavarian Bier Cafe

    Hostelworld.com says:

    With 6 different locations across Sydney, including one in Bondi, the Bavarian Bier Café is a popular chain offering a great drinks selection. Their ‘Pure Bier’ range of beers are imported from Bavaria and include Löwenbräu, Stiegl and more. If beer isn’t what you’re looking for, you’ll also find a selection of cocktails, wine and schnapps on the varied drinks menu.

    Location: Various.

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  • Nightlife in Sydney is some of the liveliest in the world, with a wide variety of pubs, cocktail bars, clubs and more. To help find some of the best ones, we asked for your help over on our Hostelworld.com Facebook page, with the best answers winning a free Hostelworld.com Gold Card worth $10. Here’s what you told us...
  • Scruffy Murphy’s

    Wendy Grayson says:

    Scruffy Murphy's - 24 hour bar!

    Scruffy Murphy’s is also recommended by: Ashleigh Adams and Andrew Bowdin.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    The main bar in Scruffy Murphy’s, a hotel which also boasts a nightclub and a lounge, is a hugely popular spot thanks to its non-stop action. That’s right! No matter what time of day or night, this Irish bar is open, serving up a large selection of reasonably priced drinks. Plenty of drinks specials are offered, with each day bringing something different. There’s lot of live music and other events to check out here too.

    Location: 43 - 49 Goulburn Street.
    Opening hours: Daily, 24 hours.

  • Cargo Bar

    Adriano Leonardo says:

    Cargo bar! It has the best views overlooking the harbour and opera house and the music there goes off too!

    Cargo Bar is also recommended by: Gaelle VINCENT and Katharine Fowler.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Established in 2000, this stylish bar and lounge stretches out over two levels. With plenty of seats inside, plus its own beer garden, this waterside bar is a popular place for a drink. Here you’ll be able to hear some of the top local DJs and musical acts and see all the main sporting events, all while enjoying a drink from the great selection on offer from cold beer to classy cocktails.

    Location: 3 Lime Street.

  • Helm Bar

    Beba Petrovic says:

    Helm Bar, it s so stylish and at the same time pleasant!!!

    Hostelworld.com says:

    A cocktail bar offering great views of Cockle Bar and close to Sydney’s famous Aquarium, Helm Bar also serves up Australian wines, beers from around the world and lots more alongside its colourful cocktails. On Sundays you’ll hear live jazz out on the deck, with plenty of other events also taking place here.

    Location: Aquarium Wharf, Wheat Road, Darling Harbour.

  • Manly Wharf Bar

    Klara Kalocsay says:

    Wharf Bar in Manly- has a great view over the harbour, right on the beach, has a great atmosphere and has dinner and drink specials every night! You can't beat that!

    Hostelworld.com says:

    The main bar in the Manly Wharf Hotel has its own deck, offering great views out across the harbour and is a great spot to sit with your drink. Inside, the bar is modern yet comfortable with a fireplace for cold winter days, its own pool table and more. The drinks menu includes plenty of beers, both local and imported.

    Location: East Esplanade, Manly.
    Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11.30am-12am, Sat 11am-12am, Sun 11am-10pm.

  • Pocket Bar

    Dean White says:

    Pocket Bar (on Bourke)- kind of like hanging out in someones garage slash lounge room with really good crepes, coffee & loose cocktails :)

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Pocket Bar is a laid-back, hole-in-the-wall type bar with no dress code, no cover charge and lots of reasonably priced drinks including cocktails, spirits, wines and more.

    Location: 13 Burton Street.
    Opening hours: Mon 5pm-12am, Tues-Fri 8am-12am, Sat-Sun 9am-12am.

  • The Scary Canary

    Nico Wendler says:

    "The Scary Canary" on Kent Street is a very very good place to chill. Also check in in the Base Hostel which is directly connected to the bar...

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Popular with both locals and visitors, the Scary Canary is a stylish bar offering a great drinks menu. Along with a selection of red and white wines, you’ll also find bottled and draught beers aplenty.

    Location: 469 Kent Street.
    Opening hours: Mon-Fri from 12pm, Sat from 6pm, Sun from 5pm.

  • Opera Bar

    Claudine Kaminski says:

    Opera Bar. You have a view of the harbour, opera house and great music. Where everyone dresses up and there's a great social atmosphere. It's not a seedy bar and it's not a cheap bar, but it's well worth it for the service and the views. You'll sit on the seats designed by Jorn Utzon and appreciate the master piece he designed, whether it be at sunset or in the beautiful clear blue sky with the moon and the stars. Cheers!!

    Opera Bar is also recommended by: Paul Chiu and Tom Baldwin.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Boasting an incredible location, Opera Bar offers top-notch views of the Opera House, Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge and lots more. Drinks-wise, you’ll find lots to choose from here including cocktails, wines, champagnes and even the Opera Bar’s own beer. Live music can be heard here on weekends.

    Location: Lower Concourse Level, Sydney Opera House.
    Opening hours: Daily from 11.30am.

  • Sidebar

    Anne Biddlecombe says:

    Sidebar under wake up hostel perfect place to meet new ppl n start a night on the cheap!!

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Part of the popular Wake Up! Sydney Central Hostel, this bar offers a huge selection of drinks, lots of great music and lots more. Promos, such as its cheap cocktails on Monday nights, make this a well-loved spot. Entertainment at the bar includes live music, DJ sessions and pool competitions.

    Location: 509 Pitt Street.

  • The Australian

    Julia Holmwood says:

    The Australian, near the rocks it is really relaxed and has great food.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    With seats both inside and outside, The Australian is a popular bar not far from the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Here you’ll be able to choose from a large selection of beer plus lots more. Various drinks offers are also available here.

    Location: 100 Cumberland Street.

  • 3 Wise Monkeys

    Meredith Brannon says:

    3 Wise Monkeys - 3 different bars on 3 floors

    Hostelworld.com says:

    3 Wise Monkeys has something for everything, with three distinct bar areas stretching up over three floors. Different drinks specials are offered each night on everything from cheap cocktails to beer and pizza. DJs and live bands can also be heard here.

    Location: 555 George Street.
    Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 10am-3am, Fri 10am-4am, Sat 11am-4am, Sun 11am-3am.

  • The Orbit Bar

    Kelly Burdon says:

    The Orbit Bar!!! fantastic!

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Orbit overlooks the city so at night you’ll be afforded with especially stunning views of Sydney as the sun sets and the bright lights come on. Drinks here compliment the cosmopolitan atmosphere, with a large selection of chic cocktails and wines available. Keep in mind that a dress code applies here.

    Location: Level 47, 264 George Street.
    Opening hours: Mon-Fri from 10am, Sat-Sun from 5pm.

  • FireFly Tapas & Wine Bar

    Oleksii Slobodzian says:

    FireFly Tapas & Wine Bar

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Right on the waterfront, this bar is a favourite with those who enjoy wine and tapas. Along with a large selection of both white and red wines, FireFly also serves up some top-notch cocktails and plenty of beer.

    Location: Pier Seven, 17 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay.
    Opening hours: Mon from 5pm, Tues-Sat from 12pm, closed Sun.

  • Scubar

    Wendy Grayson says:

    Scubar for crab racing!

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Underneath the Central YHA, Scubar is a wildly popular spot and it’s not hard to see why. Every day brings something different to this bar from crab racing on Mondays to live music Wednesdays to the pool competitions on Sundays. Cheap drinks promotions and food are also offered here.

    Location: 4 Rawson Place.

  • World Bar

    Catherine Boyd says:

    World bar! Cocktails in teapots mmmmm

    World Bar is also recommended by: Jezabel Hernandez Valenzuela.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Teapots filled with cocktails, a great selection of shots and plenty of beer – these are just part of what makes this spot so popular. Each night at the World Bar, you’ll find a different event taking place from Pop Panic on Tuesdays where you can enjoy karaoke and more to Mum, the bar’s Friday night indie party. The bar itself stretches over four floors, with a quirky interior to match its quirky offerings.

    Location: 24 Bayswater Road, Kings Cross.

  • The Excelsior

    Jezabel Hernandez Valenzuela says:

    The excelsior in Surry Hills

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Every night at the Excelsior you’ll be able to hear live music of the alternative rock persuasion play by top local bands and visiting musicians. You’ll find plenty of drinks to choose from while you enjoy the awesome soundtrack here.

    Location: 64 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills.

  • Water Bar

    Juan Manuel Cortés Navarro says:

    Water bar is the best!

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Before 7pm from Sunday to Friday you’ll be able to get your hands on your favourite cocktails and draught beer at reduced prices. The Water Bar, which is located in the BLUE Sydney hotel, also serves up a great selection of spirits along with nibbles aplenty!

    Location: 6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo.

  • O’Malley’s

    Sonia Estadie says:

    O'Malley's in Kings Cross, best live music and best beers!

    O’Malley’s is also recommended by: Morven Logan.

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Found inside the hotel of the same name, O’Malley’s is an Irish bar serving up pints of Guinness alongside a bunch of Australian beers and more. Here you’ll be able to watch the big game, rub shoulders with people from all over the world and hear live music seven nights a week.

    Location: 228 William Street, Kings Cross.

  • The Cock and Bull

    Derek Burke says:

    The Cock and Bull Irish bar in Bondi Junction. The best pub to party in around bondi

    Hostelworld.com says:

    This casual Irish bar is part of the Grand Hotel and has space for dancing, live music acts, excellent Irish beers and lots of other drinks too.

    Location: 89 Ebley Street, Bondi Junction.
    Opening hours: Mon-Wed 8am-12am, Thurs-Sat 8am-2am, Sun 10am-12am.

  • The Glenmore

    Lorraine O' Reilly says:

    The Glenmore

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Located in one of Sydney’s most popular areas, this bar is part of the Glenmore Hotel which has been on the go since 1921. Popular with both local and tourists, the bar offers a great selection of drinks with plenty of seating both inside and outside. There’s also a Rooftop Bar here, which hosts a number of functions and boasts great views of Sydney Harbour.

    Location: 96 Cumberland Street, The Rocks.

  • Crystal Bar

    Clara Ávila Cantos says:

    mmm maybe Crystal Bar... I like it!!!

    Hostelworld.com says:

    You’ll find this stylish bar in the old GPO building at Martin Place. Boasting a great selection of delicious cocktails, the Crystal Bar hosts a variety of events. On Saturday nights, it’s the turn of ‘Crystal Boudoir’, a glamorous stage show, while on Friday’s and Saturday’s you’ll also hear DJs playing soul, funk and more.

    Location: No 1 Martin Place.

  • Sugarmill

    Levente Szabo says:

    what about Sugarmill?

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Thanks to its funky interior, well-stocked bar and top-notch promotions and events, the Sugarmill is a popular spot. DJ nights, live music, comedy performers and more can all be enjoyed here.

    Location: 33-37 Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross.

  • The Columbian

    Levi Lewis says:

    The Columbian on Oxford St

    Hostelworld.com says:

    Spread out over a couple of levels, this bar welcome both gay and straight patrons in large numbers. Offering a large selection of drinks, the Columbian has a friendly, welcoming atmosphere.

    Location: 117 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst.

  • Bavarian Bier Café

    Robbie Weiss says:

    Bavarian Bier Cafe

    Hostelworld.com says:

    With 6 different locations across Sydney, including one in Bondi, the Bavarian Bier Café is a popular chain offering a great drinks selection. Their ‘Pure Bier’ range of beers are imported from Bavaria and include Löwenbräu, Stiegl and more. If beer isn’t what you’re looking for, you’ll also find a selection of cocktails, wine and schnapps on the varied drinks menu.

    Location: Various.

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