Sydney’s Best Winter Bars

Now that there is a chill in the night air, it’s time to snuggle up with your favourite tipple at Sydney’s Best Winter Bars.

Ramblin' Rascal Tavern, Sydney
Sydney’s Best Winter Bars

The Baxter Inn

Winter and whisky are a match made in heaven. Head down to Sydney’s best whisky bar at The Baxter Inn for your favourite dram. Whether it’s floral, fruity or peated, the knowledgeable team of bartenders will match a dram to your taste.

Basement 152-156 Clarence Street, Sydney

Mojo Record Bar

You don’t have to be a vinyl head to enjoy Mojo Record Bar. Dim lighting, cosy booths and a long wooden bar invites you to linger over many tasty beverages.

Basement level, 73 York Street, Sydney

Ramblin’ Rascal Tavern

Newcomer to the CBD, Ramblin’ Rascal Tavern is made for winter imbibing and fun times. They may not yet be listed on the menu, but check out the range of whisky/whiskey on the back bar.

60 Park St, Sydney

Shady Pines Saloon

Warm up with whiskey and a slice of Americana at Shady Pines where the vibe is upbeat, loud and very friendly. Walk in a stranger and you can easily strike conversations with other patrons.

256 Crown St, (entrance in Kells Lane), Darlinghurst 

Button Bar

With its warm timber interior, cosy booths and a nod to a pirate-themed décor, Button Bar in Surry Hills offers the kind of intimate vibe behind the sliding and inconspicuous timber doors.

65 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills

Button Bar
Button Bar

The Hazy Rose

The tiny street level entrance hides a welcoming drinking den. At The Hazy Rose, you can sip at the bar, cosy up at the banquettes or should you feel inclined, take your tipple to the church pew.

Level 1, 83 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst

Frankie’s Pizza by the Slice

Let’s face it, at Frankie’s it doesn’t matter whether it’s afternoon or night, summer and winter. The dive bar at the back is a hot spot for  anyone looking for fun times, good music, good bevvies and a slice of pizza.

50 Hunter St, Sydney

Rabbit Hole Bar & Dining

Underground at the Rabbit Hole bar, start your evening with the Martini Magic and warm up with Wood and Smoke, with the seductive aroma of cinnamon in a mix of Auchentoshan 3 Wood, Jim Beam Devil’s Cut and Laphroaig 10yo with bark syrup and bitters.

Basement level, 82 Elizabeth Street, Sydney

The Wild Rover

There’s nothing like getting your craic on at this popular Sydney bar. The Wild Rover makes good times happen every day whether it’s Irish whiskey, craft beer or freshly-shucked oysters.

75 Campbell Street, Surry Hills

Palmer & Co

Take a trip back in time to the 1920s and immerse yourself in Prohibition style cocktails in this underground den. The queues to get in at Palmer & Co may be long at times but it is well worth it.

Abercrombie Lane, Sydney NSW

Eau de Vie Bar

Whether it’s a Smoky Rob Roy, or your favourite premium spirit, the Eau de Vie Bar experience is designed to keep you there and bring you back.

229 Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst 

About the author

Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is a drinks writer, author of GROW YOUR OWN COCKTAIL GARDEN, SHRUBS & BOTANICAL SODAS and founder/editor of Gourmantic, Cocktails & Bars and The Gourmantic Garden. She has been writing extensively about spirits, cocktails, bars and cocktail gardening in more recent years. She is a spirits and cocktail competition judge, Icons of Whisky Australia nominee, contributor to Diageo Bar Academy, cocktail developer and is named in Australian Bartender Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential List. Her cocktail garden was featured on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia and has won several awards. She is a contributor to Real World Gardener radio program and is featured in several publications including Pip Magazine, Organic Gardener, Australian Bartender and Breathe (UK). Read the full bio here.