With flash flooding and gale-force winds predicted for Sydney this week, it doesn't exactly scream rooftop cocktails. However, there is no need to don the winter woolies every night; your best bet is to head underground. Luckily, Sydney has plenty of bars to warm up and get toasty in!
The Lobo Plantation (CBD)
Through heavy wooden doors you'll find the bar which brings out all the best things in rum. With a cocktail list heavily centred around favourites from Cuba and the Dominican Republic, you'll feel more like you're sitting in an underground haven amidst the Caribbean than in doomy gloomy Sydney. We highly recommend the 'Mr Magoo'!
Shady Pines Saloon (Darlinghurst)
Tucked away in a Darlinghurst back alley, inside you'll find yourself in a different world. Dark wooden tables and chairs are bundled amongst the busy bar of taxidermied deer and gorgeously intricate wood carvings. Shady pines is sumptuously dark, with a heavy emphasis on whiskey and bourbon. Request any cocktail, and the boys behind the bar will rattle off any number of old-time specialties. We like to go for the classic whiskey sour to bring us out of the winter dumps.
Baxter Inn (CBD)
From the same boys which bring you Shady Pines, Baxter Inn is an inner-city gem full of lively characters and top-notch drinks. You'll find your way in through an alleyway off Clarence Street, but inside the dark linear interiors coupled with a healthy proximity to all things prohibited take you far far away. There is no menu as such, simply an incredibly large board behind the bar listing an impressive and extensive list of whiskeys from all around the world. The vibe is intimate and tight, but once you sit down with a fresh whiskey apple in hand, you won't want to leave until the sun comes up.
Palmer & Co. (CBD)
This modern day speakeasy with a vibe akin to the prohibition-styled era prides itself on a highly bespoke list of cocktails and spirits. A classic go-to as the city watering hole, Palmer & Co. brings warm tones with exposed brick, period light fittings, tiled floor and original vaulted ceilings held up by thick wooden poles recreate the look of the era. Every day, the designated bartender creates a drink specifically for that bar. These tend to be more fruit-based and accessible drinks and can include anything from punchbowl cocktails to flamed drinks.
Bulletin Place (Circular Quay)
This small bar almost feels like you've walked into the most intimate lounge room ever created. It's dark wooden floors, scattered with pot plants a-plenty make you almost forget that its in the heart of the city. Bulletin Place fills up quickly, mainly due to its ever-changing cocktail list based on the fresh produce of the day. It's simple, easy and oh so lovely.
The Riverview Hotel (Balmain)
This multiple award-winning pub boasts an aesthetic rich in heritage and vintage-styled furniture. Escape the winter chills by sinking into one of the large leather lounges surrounding the overly grand marble fireplace. Bringing out the best in Balmain, The Riverview Hotel has an impressive selection of craft beers and seasonal pub favourites.
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