Sydney's Best Small Bars


The Top 10 Small Bars in Sydney
When it comes to small bars, people are now spoilt for choice - but that doesn't make it any easier to pick a venue for the evening. This top 10 will guide you through the best small bar experiences Sydney has on offer. There are no restrictions: the small bars can be cocktails bars, wine bars or just a friendly place to grab a drink. Updated January 2016.
The top 10 small bars in Sydney

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New Small Bars in Sydney
Last updated January 2016

Trying to stay ahead of the crowds? Why not drop into one of the latest small bars to open their doors:

  • Della Hyde
    There is no going past the fact this place has an intimate, low-key feel with the bonus of attentive staff and a good selection of food and cocktail options: 8/10
    Opened: November 2015

  • The Bear
    A new location in Haymarket sees a larger space, new cocktails and more oddities than before: 7/10
    Re-opened at a new location: August 2015

  • Bearded Tit
    Following a common theme of part bar, part art space, this venue presents itself in a casual manner while finding the right balance between engaging and fun: 6/10
    Opened: August 2014

  • Knox Street Bar
    Despite its unlikely location a block or so down a suburban backstreet in Chippendale, this bar is worth the detour.
    Opened: July 2014

    Recent additions

  • Brooklyn Social
    Disappointing to see a venue with such promise turn out to be like any number of pubs in the city: 4/10

  • The Angry Pirate
    A venue that is more like a friendly pirate than an angry one: 7/10

  • Zigi's Art Wine Cheese Bar
    The kind of place you want to like with its friendly staff, art space plus the cheese and wine options. But it's let down by poor execution: 5/10

    Sydney Pub Crawls
    What better way to explore small bars than a pub crawl. These two routes are particularly easy as they are flat, well connected to transport and can be easily modified. The pub crawls include closing times, reviews, and interactive Google maps showing the routes and bars.
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    Sydney now has a flourishing small bar scene, and here's how to find the best ones. Each review will show you the best Sydney small bars for dates, drinks with friends, after-work catch-ups or even a quiet spot to read a book. Finding a particular small bar can add to its mystique and unlike the large beer barns that once dominated the drinking landscape, each of Sydney's small bars has a distinct personality of its own. You can settle at one of the bars for the night or happily stroll for a few minutes between your favourites. If you'd like to see a review of your favourite or latest on the small bar scene, drop us an email via the contact page.

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