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Top Choice Wine Bar in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

Love, Tilly Devine

This dark and good-looking split-level laneway bar is pretty compact, but the wine list certainly isn't. It's an extraordinary document, with some exceptionally well-chosen wines and a mission to get people away fro…
Top Choice Pub in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

Shakespeare Hotel

This is a classic Sydney pub (1879) with art-nouveau tiled walls, skuzzy carpet, the horses on the TV and cheap bar meals. There are plenty of cosy hidey-holes upstairs and a cast of local characters. It's a proper …
Top Choice Bar in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

Wild Rover

Look for the unsigned wide door and enter this supremely cool brick-lined speakeasy, where a big range of craft beer is served in chrome steins and jungle animals peer benevolently from the green walls. The upstairs…
Wine Bar in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

Wyno

Now run by Porteño next door, this wine bar (formerly 121 BC) is still a top place. Enter on Gladstone Street, and try to score a spot; after that, it's easy. Seat yourself at the communal table and ask the waitstaf…
Pub in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

Beresford Hotel

The well-polished tiles of the facade and interior are a real feature at this elegantly refurbished historic pub. It's a popular pre-club venue for an upmarket mixed crowd at weekends but makes for a quieter retreat…
Cocktail Bar in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

Vasco

Like the much, much hipper and better-looking Italian cousin of a Hard Rock Cafe, Vasco serves beer, wine and rock-themed cocktails in a room lined with band photos and with a Dave Grohl guitar on the wall. Order a …
Cocktail Bar in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

Eau-de-Vie

Take the door marked 'restrooms' at the back of the main bar at the Kirketon Hotel and enter this sophisticated, black-walled speakeasy, where a team of dedicated shirt-and-tie-wearing mixologists concoct the sort o…
Bar in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

Shady Pines Saloon

With no sign or street number on the door and entry via a shady back lane (look for the white door before Bikram Yoga on Foley St), this subterranean honky-tonk bar caters to the urban boho. Sip whisky and rye with …
Coffee in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

Reformatory Caffeine Lab

Coffee is a serious business in Sydney, and this corridor's dark industrial decor and cell-block lighting cage combines with cartoon-noir wall illustrations to create a brooding atmosphere. The coffee is delicious, …
Wine Bar in Surry Hills & Darlinghurst

Winery

Beautifully situated back from the road in the leafy grounds of a historic water reservoir, this oasis serves dozens of wines by the glass to the swankier Surry Hills set. Sit for a while and you'll notice all kinds…