Sydney

Best Bars in

Sydney
Sunny, vibrant Sydney is undoubtedly one of the coolest places in the world. Its surfer-filled beaches, chill atmosphere and trendy going out spots perfectly embody Australia’s famous laid-back lifestyle. World-class gastronomy, avant garde street culture, cutting-edge fashion, and a varied and dynamic nightlife, this city’s got it all.

Start off by hitting The Rocks. Right across from the iconic Sydney Opera House, this hip, upmarket neighborhood filled with character offers a wide choice of stylish restaurants, old-school pubs and trendy cocktail bars – many of them with show-stopping views. Roam the historic cobblestoned streets, explore the open air Rocks Market, catch an exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art, and socialize with tourists and locals over classy drinks, all under the imposing presence of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Packed with lively bistros, bars and clubs, the vibrant nightlife in nearby Darling Harbour is also worth checking out.

Follow up by visiting Darlinghurst, a cool and buzzy area filled with hip cafes, sleek global eateries and stylish cocktail lounges. Art galleries, indie theatres and live music venues attract a chic young crowd, and the trendy shops over at Crown Street offer everything from records to unique fashion items and vintage finds. The famous Oxford Street, the epicenter of Sydney’s gay scene, is buzzing with bars, clubs and stylishly renovated pubs that welcome everyone looking for a fun time.

Next, head up to neighboring Kings Cross and Potts Point. Long known as the country’s most prominent red light district, this once seedy, crime-ridden area of Sydney has evolved into a vibrant lifestyle destination in the past few years. Sure, the strip clubs and adult shops of Kings Cross are still there, but they have now been joined by trendy cafes, cool cocktail bars and fun nightclubs, resulting in an eclectic atmosphere perfect for an edgy night out. Glitzier Potts Point, on the other hand has completely turned away from the sector’s past reputation to become home to some of the sleekest bars, restaurants and boutiques in town.

Finish things off in style over brunch in Paddington, a lively, high-end area brimming with Victorian charm. Affectionately dubbed “Paddo” by locals, this stylish neighborhood is filled with hip bistros, bustling cafes, independent galleries and stylish boutiques. Sit back, feast your eyes on the historic terrace houses, and enjoy the prime people-watching over a refreshing afternoon cocktail. Then head up to a rooftop bar for stunning views on the skyline and the harbour in the distance.

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