Nightlife

Top Choice Bar in City Centre & Haymarket

Frankie's Pizza

Descend the stairs and you'll think you're in a 1970s pizzeria, complete with plastic grapevines, snapshots covering the walls and tasty pizza slices ($6). But open the nondescript door in the corner and an indie wo…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in City Centre & Haymarket

Uncle Ming's

We love the dark romantic opium-den atmosphere of this small bar secreted away in a basement by a shirt shop. It's an atmospheric spot for anything from a quick beer before jumping on a train at Wynyard to a leisure…
Bar in City Centre & Haymarket

Ivy

Hidden down a lane off George St, Ivy is the HQ of the all-pervading Merivale Group. It's a fashionable complex of bars, restaurants…even a swimming pool. It's also Sydney's most hyped venue; expect lengthy queues o…
Pub in City Centre & Haymarket

Duke of Clarence

A fully formed 18th-century English pub has sprouted in the city, complete with overstuffed armchairs, roaring fireplace and portraits of blue blooded noblemen. The chatty bar staff know a ridiculous amount about wh…
Pub in City Centre & Haymarket

Slip Inn & Chinese Laundry

Slip in to this cheerfully colourful atmospheric warren on the edge of Darling Harbour and bump hips with the kids. There are bars, pool tables, a beer garden and Mexican food, courtesy of El Loco. On Friday and Sat…
Bar in City Centre & Haymarket

Baxter Inn

Yes, it really is down that dark lane and through that unmarked door (there are two easily-spotted bars on this courtyard, but this is through a door to your right). Whisky's the main poison and the friendly bar sta…
Bar in City Centre & Haymarket

Marble Bar

Built for a staggering £32,000 in 1893 as part of the Adams Hotel on Pitt St, this ornate underground bar is one of the best places in town for putting on the Ritz (even if this is the Hilton). The over-the-top late…
Teahouse in City Centre & Haymarket

Matcha-Ya

Credited with boosting energy, detoxifying, and assisting concentration, Matcha‑ya’s bright-green matcha powder is sourced direct from Japan. But the costs might outweigh the benefits if you try it in the parfaits, …
Bar in City Centre & Haymarket

Palmer & Co

A self-consciously hip member of Sydney's speakeasy brigade, this 'legitimate importer of bracing tonics and fortifying liquid' attracts a cashed-up, fashionable clientele. Inside, it's an atmospheric, brick-vaulted…
Cocktail Bar in City Centre & Haymarket

O Bar

The cocktails at this 47th-floor revolving bar aren't cheap, but they're still substantially cheaper than admission to Sydney Tower – and it's considerably more glamorous. The views are truly wonderful; get up there…