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Top bar recommendations from locals

Opera House
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“Great location with amazing views id the Harbour Bridge and harbour. Have a drink and watch the sunset. Stunning.”
  • 219 locals recommend
Wine Bar
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“Modern Australian menu with European fusion and a great cocktail list. Very popular weekends, reservations recommended. 12noon-12midnight Every day”
  • 137 locals recommend
Bar
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“Popular and stylish bar serving wood-fired pizzas, homemade pasta and cocktails in a vibrant pub with a leafy, lantern-lit patio. Very busy with locals and suburbanites on weekends. Sunday crowd changes to gay night. 12noon-12midnight Mon+Tue 12noon-1am Wed-Sun”
  • 120 locals recommend
Whisky Bar
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“Whiskey Bar. This is the kind of whisky collection that would make a strong man weak at the knees. The menu board starts at the ceiling and the three-column list eventually sneaks down under the counter and out of sight. Every Islay, Speyside, Highlands, Lowlands and Campbelltown distillery you can’t pronounce – and the small collection you’re confident with – is there, including rare bottlings and unusual releases. What room is left goes to Japanese and Australian spirits, and blends. ”
  • 99 locals recommend
Bar
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“Packed on a weekend, this is a great spot for a good time. Themed after American western style saloons, you can get pickle backs and boilermakers to get your evening started. Shelled peanuts are passed around by the basketful. Some nights there's live country/folk music and dancing.”
  • 114 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
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“Super tasty fun Asian food and great cocktails, get the roast duck, the banh mi, the aloe Vera cocktail and the yuzu slush is ”
  • 88 locals recommend
Australian Restaurant
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“Contemporary/Modern Australian food & cocktails in stylish, plant-filled room with an open patio bar ”
  • 68 locals recommend
Bar
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“Very popular and chic mega bar complex with rooftop pool in the center of downtown. Multi-million dollar fit-out, but not just for the rich. 12noon-12midnight Sun-Wed 12noon-3am Thur+Fri 6pm-3am Sat”
  • 47 locals recommend
Cinema
“Boutique movie venue offering wine and cheese boards to enjoy in the theatre. Catch 333 bus ”
  • 71 locals recommend
Speakeasy
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“Classy 1920s-themed cocktail bar in a vaulted brick basement with dapper staff and live music. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Lounge
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“A 1920s-influenced bar with moody lighting, glass cabinets, leather seats and craft cocktails. ”
  • 61 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Sleek, refurbished garage serving Modern Australian food, plus raw seafood and clever oyster plates.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Bar
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“Bistro food like lobster rolls and wood-fired pizzas in an 1820s building with sandstone courtyard.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Bar
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“The best pub in the area, right across the road. Has a very popular rooftop, good selection of Australian craft beers. ”
  • 56 locals recommend
Bar
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“A true CBD classic that is popular for business lunches, doing deals and comes with quite possibly the best wine list in Sydney. $$$$$”
  • 21 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Cool, vintage-style eatery serving pasta and mozzarella-focused dishes from a cheese wheel.”
  • 59 locals recommend