Eat & Drink

5 Sydney Bars In Unexpected Places

You’ll need to look a little harder for these ones.

When it comes to fostering a small bar culture that inspires immediate thirst for cocktails and craft brews, Sydney has come a long way baby!

Offering an alternative to hanging out in big, soulless pubs or drinking home brew in your backyard, these bars in surprising places prove once and for all that Sydney has lifted its bar game to all new highs, and brought everyone’s hangovers to all new lows.

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Golden Age Cinema & Bar

Where: Paramount House, 80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills

Gone are the days of smuggling a sneaky goon bag into the movies with you. Sydney’s Golden Age Cinema has a super classy small bar open to moviegoers keen on a pre-movie tipple as well as anyone in need of a stiff drink sans-movie. With a film-themed cocktail menu, this is one hell of an opulent place to indulge in a bit of “Whisky Business”.

Image: Golden Age Cinema & Bar

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Mojo Record Bar

Where: Basement level, 73 York Street, Sydney

Vinyl aficionados can rejoice in the knowledge that Sydney has a place where you stock up on some high voltage rock’n’roll, then swing out the back for a Harvey wallbanger like it’s 1969 all over again. Located in an unassuming basement on York Street, this record store-slash-bar is a worthy addition to Sydney’s growing small bar scene.

Image: Mojo’s / Facebook

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The Island

Where: Floating somewhere near Athol Bay, Mosman

Places just don’t get much more ‘Sydney’ than this. Described as Australia’s first and only floating beach club, “The Island” may sound like a bad reality TV show, but it’s actually just a sweet, open-air floating bar located within one of the best harbours on the planet.

Featuring DJs and an enclosed area for swimming (presumably for people with shark phobias), this floating bar makes the most of Sydney’s many natural assets. After going through the online approval process (oh Sydney), your $45 ticket price includes water taxi transfers from Double Bay and a welcome drink. With strict rules for attendance, it pays to read the fine print (no neck tatts or bucks parties allowed, okay?).

Image: The Island

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Sappho Books, Café & Bar

Where: 51 Glebe Point Road, Glebe

If you’re the literary type who needs a glass of Shiraz to go with your Simone de Beauvoir then Sappho is the place for you. Located out the back of one of Sydney’s most-loved second hand book stores, Sappho’s courtyard bar plays host to a revolving list of musical performances and literary events. From poetry nights to folk music gigs and open mic nights for the very brave, this bar wets your whistle, feeds your soul and may even raise your IQ too.

Image: Sappho Books Cafe and Bar / Facebook

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The Barber Shop

Where: 89 York Street, Sydney

While many barbers may offer their customers a frothie while they get their noggin seen to, this place goes one step further by having a whole damned cocktail bar on site. Simply step through a sneaky partition door and you’ll find vintage cocktails popular with gentlemen of the 1800s as well as one of Sydney’s rudest collections of gin. Tally ho!

Image: The Barber Shop / Facebook

(Lead image: The Island / Facebook)