Climbing the charts in respect to the coolest Sydney suburb, Marrickville has become a hub for trendy hangouts, eateries, coffee shops and cafes. Some of the most wicked watering holes can be found here, too. From dive bars to live music meccas, here are the sweetest spots to grab a drink in Marrickville.
Lazy Bones Lounge
Bar, Pub Grub, Gluten-free, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
This seductive live music venue is one of the most notoriously riotous bars to drink at in Marrickville. Clad in decadent velvet and leather with low lighting, chandeliers and murals, Lazy Bones kills it on decor, music and drinks alike. Open nightly, this venue attracts a cool local crowd of music lovers and trendsetters looking to escape the real world, grab a beer, a slice of pizza and to listen to the latest on the live music circuit.
This small Marrickville staple has become locals’ favourite for its great music line up, quality bar bites and stellar craft beer selection. Whether it’s an acoustic session buzzing away or a night for some casual drinks in the courtyard, Gasoline Pony seems to always seduce a steady stream of music lovers, cocktail cravers and dive bar devotees.
The Henson is a laid-back local tap house attracting Marrickville’s cool and trendy crowd with a horde of craft beers on tap, a big and blossoming beer garden and cheap (and very tasty) eats, daily. With a rustic-chic decor, locally sourced menu to boot and in-season cocktails, this is the perfect first-date spot, place for a quiet mid-week catch up with friends or for the ultimate night out in Marrickville.
This on-trend bar in Marrickville is all about good booze, in a good setting with good people. The bartenders here sure do know a thing or two about whipping up some cool and creative cocktail concoctions, as well as boasting some slick craft breweries on tap. Add in an offering of gourmet toasted sandwiches and freshly prepped tacos, and it seems obvious why this Marrickville bar is considered one of the best in its field.
Django Bar, Camelot Lounge | Courtesy of Camelot Lounge
Set ‘deep in the heart of industrial Marrickville’ is Camelot Lounge, a playground for music lovers, kick ass cabaret and bar banter galore. From life drawing classes to open mic nights and live performances, Camelot Lounge is far from uneventful. Keep an eye on its website for information on upcoming gigs; the venue hosts an eclectic programme of world musicians, so should you be in need of a little musical awakening, look no further than Camelot Lounge.
The Grifter Brewing Co. is a great neighbourhood bar and popular brewing company which produces The Grifter, one of Sydney’s most loved pale ales. Airy and industrial, the leafy and light-filled space is clad with exposed brick, wooden tables and a long bar which serves up its signature pour as well as a selection of ever-changing small batch brews from both Australia and abroad.
The Vic on The Park is the quintessential neighbourhood corner pub — it’s cosy, casual and serves up a fine selection of cheap and cheerful eats, chilled beers and classic cocktails. It’s become quite the haunt for local trendsetters to hang out at due to its endless events, including open air cinema nights, live music, its basketball courts, street art displays and summer courtyard parties. Oh, and it’s dog-friendly, too!
This natural wine bar poses a different allure than the majority of Marrickville watering holes. Coming at the love of booze from a slightly different angle, the team at Where’s Nick hone in on wine, in particular, showcasing over 100 natural blends from all over the world from the cosy setting of this former cake shop. There’s also a great selection of beers here, too — both bottled and on tap — making this a great venue to seek out when in the mood to source a new favourite drink.