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Eau de Vie

229 Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst 

You might think some of the shine has come off this hidden Darlinghurst bar since owner Sven Almenning opened a Melbourne branch of Time Out’s Bar of the Year, then subsequently opened the Roosevelt in Potts Point. But no. Eau de Vie is still kicking arse. 

121 BC

Shop 4, 50 Holt St, Surry Hills

Ah, this bar. It’s pretty much our favourite place to drink wine in Sydney in our down-time, not to mention a great place to eat as well. The by-the-glass gear is exceptional value (few things are more than $10 a pop) and we can pretty much guarantee you haven’t tried most of it as sommelier and bar manager Giorgio de Maria imports it from Italy himself.

Love Tilly Devine

91 Crown Lane, Darlinghurst

How could your heart be filled with anything but love when you read the drinks list at the bar named for Sydney’s most notorious madam? From whole pages on cult wine producers like JJ Prüm to an entire wine section on the best places within the bar to drink Anton von Klopper’s award-winning Lucy Margaux wines, this is grape fancying at its best. Order some oysters, drink some weird riesling and get in early to avoid the crowds.

Gardel’s Bar

358 Cleveland St, Surry Hills

Porteño. You know about the queues, you know about the meat grilled over pits of fire, but do you know about the bar? Gardel’s is probably Sydney’s worst kept secret. Justin Townes Earle has played secret gigs up here, they boast a very talented bar crew and the snacks are, dare we say it, even more exciting up here than eating in the restaurant proper. Just keep it to yourself.  

Low 302

302 Crown St, Darlinghurst 

It’s one of only a handful of small gig venues left in the city with one very big difference: they make cocktails that don’t suck. Head here later in the week for a show or pop by on a Wednesday to prop up the bar with an Aviation. Low 302 also offer a snack menu featuring the likes of twice-cooked tempura chicken with chipotle mayo. Wham. 


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