As a city, Sydney ticks all the boxes for famous attractions, incredible beaches, international cuisine and a great range of nightlife. However, set in amongst the more well-known areas and tourist attractions, are some small drinking establishments which allow those who enjoy being part of a less commercial and trendy bar scene the chance to kick back and relax alternative style. Ensure you don’t miss out on these top 5:
The Stitch Bar - 61 York Street
This very small but very cool bar offers great cocktails accompanied by some rather interesting food options. Try an ice cream sandwich or order a gourmet hotdog with your Long Island iced tea.
13b – 13b Burton Street
A café by day and cocktail bar by night, this incredibly small venue is low key and perfect for a relaxed evening drink and bite to eat, managing to avoid the pretentiousness of some of its surrounding alternatives.
The Baxter Inn - 152-156 Clarence Street
One of the trendiest new small bars to join the circuit, Baxter Inn, is located down a small alleyway, behind a door that leads underground into a dark, dungeon type atmosphere. Whiskey lovers will enjoy a huge range of offerings and the free pretzels for every customer is another added bonus.
Hinky Dinks - 185 Darlinghurst Road
A unique establishment, set within the bar heavy area of Darlinghurst, Hinky Dinks not only provides spicy popcorn for free but also offers great food and fantastic, innovative cocktails, served in ice cream cups to its hip and trendy clientele.
Grandma’s – Basement 275 Clarence Street
Located in the heart of Sydney’s CBD (central business district), this small and cosy bar is tucked away underground. The drinks are fun and creatively presented, the Mai Tai served on fire in a large goblet, is especially worth a try,