Are you in Sydney for the ConnectNow conference on social media? Or just looking for a nice place in Sydney to go out for a drink tonight? Here are a couple recommendations on where to go (see Google map below for details). [PS: I've recently updated the list to include the fantastic recommendations some of my readers made, thank you Simon, Sandie, Mick and Anthony!!):
- If you're more into wine, you can head out to Fix St James in Elizabeth St, in the city (Stu really knows his stuff, follow him on Twitter for great wine advice). Closer to #cnow, in Surry Hills, you can also go to Mille Vini (397 Crown St) and Fico (Bourke St). In Darlinghurst, I really like Omerta Wine Bar and Time to Vino (both have fantastic wine selections).
- If you're more after fantastic cocktails, you could go to Toko in Surry Hills (very creative / unique cocktails, they have an amazing sake list as well), the iconic Victoria Room in Darlinghurst, Lotus Bar in Potts Point (their hibiscus and fresh vanilla daiquiri is one of my favourite cocktails, and I love the sexy, intimate Florence Broadhurst decor) or the very posh Hemmesphere in the CBD (they have some of Sydney's best sushi as well, with sushi-e).
- If you want something easy-going and laid back, here are some fantastic pubs with great beer selections: The Local Taphouse in Flinders St, the very funky Darlo Bar in Liverpool St (with a pretty cool rooftop bar), Red Oak boutique beer cafe in the City, the Glenmore Hotel in The Rocks (iconic colonial style and million-dollar view from the rooftop bar), The Lord Nelson Brewery also in The Rocks and The Royal Hotel in Five Ways (great food and romantic tables for two on the balcony, overlooking the heart of Paddington with a stunning city skyline backdrop).
- For great vibes and great decor, you can go to two of my favourite bars in Sydney (verging on too cool for school but they are really cool!): Pocket Bar and Sticky Bar in Darlinghurst, both within walking distance. Pocket Bar makes yummy French crepes, sweet and savoury. Ching-a-Lings in Darlinghurst and the Shady Pines Saloon also come highly recommended (the latter is one of the latest small bars in Sydney, with an interesting Country / Western twist).
- If you're only staying in town for a couple of days and want an iconic view, you can't go past the Opera Bar (fantastic views over the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, cool crowd, good fish n chips, hard to beat!) or the Icebergs Dining Room in Bondi Beach (order a glass of Champagne, rub shoulders with beautiful people and enjoy the panoramic views over Bondi Beach - not cheap but worth every cent, unless it's the weather sucks that day).
- You could also head north of the Bridge and go to Manly for waterside drinks, either at Hugo's Manly (great cocktails, great pasta), at the brand new Manly Pavilion or even at the 4 Pine Brewery opposite the Manly Wharf.
There you go folks - hope it helps and don't hesitate to add bars and pubs to the list!
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