Another long week is finally over, and you and your colleagues are itching for a cheeky post-work bevvy. And you deserve it, so the venue better not disappoint!
But where’s the hottest spot in Sydney to grab a fab beer or a couple of cocktails, with a drinks list that’ll appeal to the whole office? We’ve scoured the city to uncover the best places to head once you clock off work, so grab your colleagues and get moving – stat!
122 Pitt St
This plush bunker bar is hidden in the basement of Greek restaurant 1821, but it’s well worth searching for. Thirsty visitors enter via a nondescript black door in a back alley, before descending into an extravagant Greek Revolution-era bar, complete with red velour couches and Greek paintings on the walls.
Caviar and oysters are served alongside an extensive range of vodka, ouzo and raki, not to mention crafty cocktails like the Ouzotini, ouzo mixed with mint-infused vodka, peach schnapps and lime. Yum!
195 Gloucester St
Fans of the espresso martini will be won over by the Tuxedo Bar, Sydney’s first bar dedicated to the iconic cocktail. But don’t worry, they do plenty of other drinks if you’ve already reached your daily caffeine quota.
Tasty share plates, craft beers, and boutique wines are all on offer in this funky after-work hotspot, which is housed in the former Cadbury chocolate factory in The Rocks.
3/225 George St
Casual restaurant meets quirky cocktail bar, Papa Bo Min is the latest venture from Lotus Dining, the folks behind venues like Lotus Barangaroo and Madame Shanghai. It’s a cool open-air fit-out with fun colours and wishbone chairs, and goes beyond the usual after-work requirements.
Whether you’re after spiced soy chicken or dumpling dishes, crazy cocktail combos from award-winning bartender Kate McGraw, or desserts from The Pastry Project’s Tiffany Jones, Papa Bo Min has got you covered.
16 Phillip Lane
This bar is 1940s with a touch of French Resistance, and is inspired by the US fighter plane, the Kittyhawk. Naturally, the place is adorned with wartime posters and memorabilia, and comes armed with one heck of a drinks menu.
Every drink is dissected into layers and ingredients, and their French-themed food is both tasty and affordable. The menu is even printed in the style of a Kittyhawk instructions manual for some added thematic oomph.
89 York St
This bar prides itself on serving tasty cocktails, hot shaves and good times, and boy do they deliver. Yes, they actually cut hair at The Barber Shop, but if you fancy a cocktail, the barbers are just as good at making drinks as they are at trimming manes.
If you’re a gin lover, this place will fast become your new favourite, but if not, they also sell boutique-bottled beers and a selection of whiskey, rum and tequila. This quirky parlour-styled barbershop is definitely one for the ‘must-see’ list.