Sydney City Bars / Clubs, Sydney
Late 20’s – 40’s
Hugo Bar – upmarket establishment. DJ on weekends - 33 Bayswater Road Kings Cross
The Establishment - Trendy, ultra slick, hip and well dressed bar- 252 George Street City
Firefly –intimate and cozy with fab views- pier 7 1i Hickson Road City
Hemmesphere –super sophicated for the well-dressed. Level 4 252 Geroge Street City
Industrie South of France – DJ funky music, live jazz with huge coktail list- 107 Pitt Street city
Art house – Arty establishment with cool cocktails- 275 Pitt Street city
Bar Europa – basement - three bars with DJ opened till late- The Basement 88 Elizabeth Street city
Marble Bar – Upmarket Sydney Icon, cool architecture - Hilton Hotel City
Opera bar – cool live music and DJ with best views in Sydney -Opera House
Cocktail Bars. - Upmarket.
Lotus Bar – Classy decor and fanastic cocktail menu- 22 Challis Ave Potts Point
Marble Bar – Excellent drink and cocktail menu - Hilton Hotel City
the Establishment - only for the best dressed Level 4 252 George Street City
Tonic –inimate and cute with DJ music and comfy lounges- 64 Kellet Street Kings Cross
The Victorian Room –For the romantics who want comfort- Level 1, 235 Victoria Street Darlinghurst
Homebar – exceptional waterviews and great cocktails- Cockle Bay Darling Harbour
Cafe Sydney - have a beaut coktail before eating in one of Sydney's best restaurants -Level 5 Customs House City
Posh lounge –As the name suggests its POSH - Overseas Passenger terminal - Rocks
Ember Bar – Fab cocktail menu with breathtaking views -Overseas Passenger Terminal – Rocks
Orbit Lounge Bar –360 degree views with upmarket sophistication- Level 47 Australia Square 264 George Street
Bridge Bar – Sophistication at it's best -10th level Opera Quays
Hemmesphere –Join in with the other fabulous bars- level 4 The Establishment 252 George Street City
Soho Bar –two for one cocktail 6pm-10pm, fabulous initmate bar- 171 Victoria Street Potts Point
Dress Code: Its best to wear NO Sneakers or thongs at nightime. Clubs are very fussy when it comes to letting people in, the best dressed will always be allowed in first especially to the nightclubs.
The Establishment is an uber trendy nightspot. I visited here on the advice of hotel staff. The premesis itself is large and spacious, with an eclectic mix of wood and chrome. The patrons too offer something for everyone. There were your grungy student types (definitely not what I expected - maybe it was a quiet night), your chic beautiful types and the obligatory drunken suits throwing too much money around.
The drinks are not bad, although the prices are a little steep. My Martini was competently made, but the bar staff tried too hard to over analyse it. You need to go to the bar up the back for cocktails. Music here is a little loud to hold a conversation, but still quieter than other places in Sydney.
All in all, not a bad place to start out the night. I'm still not sure exactly what the Establishment is attempting to achieve in terms of ambience, but worth a visit just to say you've been.
Dress Code: Not entirely sure. Too eclectic to tell. To be safe I'd go with either corporate or glamour.
The Piano Bar is a throw back to the days of glamour in Sydney. Housed in the Novotel Menzies this bar has live piano music (requests taken) on Thursday-Saturday nights. The clientel is mostly older people and hotel guests, but you will find a number of young professionals especially on Saturday nights. I've met a number of older couples who have returned here to relive the glamour that was the Menzies in its heyday.
A thorough drinks list is available as are light snacks and canapes.
The big comfortable leather easy chairs make it very easy to sit down and enjoy the pianist over a few drinks only to look at your watch and realise it's already 3am.
This is a great place to meet up with friends for a pre dinner drink night cap. Definitely a place for those who like to hear their conversations and who enjoy old world charm. Highly recommended.
Dress Code: No special dress code as is part of a hotel, but you'd be smart to wear elegant casual.
ahhhh, The Court House, many a night we stolled out of here at 9am, great spot to get a few late night drinks, but be warned no falling around the place or no access will be gained!! Its a great pub, music is a bit lousy, but who cares as long as your getting served late drinks, right!! Great shop on the cornor that sells some nice pizza, then agian anything is nice after a skinfull of beer!!! You'll meet all sorts of people in here, so keep your eyes pealed!
Dress Code: casuall/dressy
The Marble Bar has a long history dating back from 1893. Decoration of the Marble bar, (a part of the Adams Hotel), was nothing short of breathtaking and was ornately decorated in the Italian Renaissance style. Corinthian columns with solid bronze capitals, 100 tonnes of the world's best quality marble from Belgian and African quarries, cedar joinery and stained pictorial glass frames are combined to create an opulent ambience unheard of in the colonies at that time.
After years of colourful history, in 1968 the Bar received an "A" rating from the National Trust of Australia, and the entire structure was carefully dismantled, refurbished and rebuilt inside the Hilton Sydney. The grand re-opening was in 1973. (Some of this information obtained from the official website).
Dress Code: We stopped by after spending the whole afternoon shopping and walking around Sydney. I enjoyed my Appletini. A live band plays here but I am not sure what days.
Hada fab nite out in here . Get all glammed up if you wanna go cos its quite dressy . The nite i went it was Defected in the House and they were doing a Miami DVD launch so the music was great , they hada live bongo drum player too .
the place is all glass, wood and two different levels for dancing and hanging around
They also do Hed Kandi nites so if you like this kinda music you will love it
Dress Code: funky clothes
like sumthin dressy but funky for girls and guys
My recommends: Top 10 Bars in Sydney
1. Jackson's on Goerge Street
2. Scruffy Murphy's -- Live-bands Irish bar
3. Bars around the Circular Quay -- all cool
4. The Slip Inn -- Meeting spot for Sydney's cool kids
5. Coogee Bay Hotel -- A real nightlife complex
6. Civic Hotel on Pitt Street
7. Roof Bar -- For watching a Rugby (Footy) game
8. Side Bar -- Wake Up!! Backpacker Hostel
9. Shark Bar @ Shark Hotel -- with Pool tables
10. Privillege Bar -- Try Redbull/Vodka...
Dress Code: All casual
It is easy to carried away and spend waaay to much on a good night out in Sydney. We found a bar in Taylor Square (just off Oxford street) called Kinselas that sold bottles of sparkling wine for $15 Australian. Nice. Middlebar is a funky bar upstairs for dancing with no cover charge. Mint.
Dress Code: Clean and trendy. Glamourous if you're that way inclined.
Scubar was the bar that my best friend and I started with every day during our 2 week party stint in Sydney. It was a smallish bar with really cool bartenders and waitresses. Drinks were cheap. Music was good. And the atmosphere was just plain fun! After we got our drink on we'd generally head out to one of the other clubs that we could find to dance and meet women.
Dress Code: There was no dress code that I'm aware of.
Small but intimate. Have a feed in the restaraunt in the front, perhaps a drink from the side bar and then head to the back for more drinks and perfect place to dance!
Apparently post-gig/show haunt for music big wigs. The signed photos on the wall says it all.
Sydney has great night life. Pubs, clubs, niteclubs, jazz venues, dinner shows, dinner cruises, etc. Sydney has it all!!! Try the Basement, a well know jazz bar in George St. The Rocks has great pubs. I highly recommend dinner/dance cruises :o) Have fun!!
For single women looking for a night out, try Establishment on a Thursday night. Free Champagne for ladies until 7pm.
This is where everyone goes after a long day at work. The place is huge and always full. It is located in the Financial district of Sydney.
Dress is Corporate attire. Girls can get away with wearing dresses.
I just have to recommend ordering some of their fries too ! :) Im sure there is plenty of other good food on the menu as well as the fries :).
Dress Code: Corporate Attire or Dresses for women.
This is a typical aussie place. At least that is what I was told. I've been here a few times and to give you a good advice, please don't go anywhere near the toilets....
There are some pool tables on the top floor. Very important is that the drinks a much cheaper than most other places in the area.
Dress Code: No dresscode
This is the BEST place to see a band in town, especially if you're short! The room is levelled, with the bar, at the back of the room, being at the highest point. So while you're standing in line for your drinks, you can actually see the band!
It's not a huge place, which is good meaning you can really see your favourite artist's facial expressions, not just a stick figure 300 metres away! I'd say the crowd capacity is around 500.
Plenty of international artists play here, too.
Dress Code: whatever you like
For the seriously chic of Sydney. Beautiful (& yes, expensive) food & drinks. A little later on the restaurant disappears and people are dancing. Sunday nights are the best, with Sneaky Sounds playing there every Sunday.
UPDATE 15Jun04: Friday/Saturday nights are now the night to go. Sunday nights have faded a bit. There is usually a $15 cover-charge, I am not sure that its worth it. I think this place is no longer the unique place it used to be...
Dress Code: No trainers. No light-colored jeans.
Anything seriously trendy.