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Best Hipster Bars in Sydney
Forget sports bars, high-vis tradies, cover bands and Vodka Redbulls. Start thinking craft beer, sweet tunes and dingy spaces filled with quick-witted, beard-sporting patrons. Is this making you thirsty yet? Here’s our list of the top watering-holes where chequered-shirts and sneakers are the norm, and a refined taste in liquor is mandatory.
THE BARBER SHOP (Sydney)
This little reminder of times-gone-by is the one-stop-shop for the ultimate hipster. Parlour by day, enigmatic drinking spot by night, this little establishment specialises in male grooming services and first-class cocktails and beverages. Drop in for a hot-towel and beard styling, then stay into the night and venture past the partition to discover the trendy little bar out back. Serving a range of gin, Genever, spirits, boutique bottled beers, hand-crafted cocktails and a selection of European and Australian wines, these guys will look after your hair and your palate.
Location: 89 York St, Sydney NSW 2000
SHADY PINES SALOON (Darlinghurst)
Step into this western-inspired hub and pull up a stool at the long wooden bar – if you can find the joint! Nestled into a non-descript alley behind an ordinary door is this trendy little gem, perfect for knocking back a few shots of smooth dark liquor, and enjoying the leathery western-chic décor. The bartenders here are all-too-ready to pour a shot, and the regular sound of Akubra-donning musicians strumming their six-string fills the air. The peanut shells will be crunching delightfully under your boots at this watering hole.
Location: Shop 4, 256 Crown Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
THE BLIND BEAR (Cronulla)
Nestled into the hustle and bustle of vibrant Cronulla is this dingy little watering hole, bearing no resemblance to its beachy coastal surroundings. Here you can escape the flip-flops and football fans and settle into the cosy armchairs for an Aussie craft beer or cider on tap. The vibe is casual and décor shabby-chic, so it’s easy to feel comfortable amongst the outdated furniture and cardboard signage. The team here also serve some awesome cocktails, wines, spirits, coffees and cook up some delicious American inspired cuisine too, making this bar a trendy hangout for any occasion.
Location: 28 Cronulla St, Cronulla NSW 2230
4 PINES PUBLIC HOUSE (Newport)
The delicious Australian-owned 4 Pines brew was born on the Northern Beaches, and it is here where it is still loved best. Think patrons in striped shirts enjoying an array of barrel-aged beers (a Public House Specialty) in a setting of exposed brickwork, shackled lighting, recycled timbers and comforting leathers. Feel hip yet? The place is donned with barrels and there’s always a new brew ready for tasting from their Keller Door. A must-try for the beer lovers of Sydney.
Location: 313 Barrenjoey Rd, Newport NSW 2106
MOJO RECORD BAR (Sydney)
Love music? Love drinking? Love to drink as you wander through rows and rows of vinyl records? We thought so. This little gem knows good music – and that the best way to complement timeless tunes is with a cold beverage. The crew at Mojo Record Bar have combined these to bring patrons a much-needed fusion of vinyl records, flowing drinks and trendy vibes, making this one drinking establishment too tempting to miss. Vinyl in the front, party in the back!
Location: 73 York St, Sydney NSW 2000
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