The Best Bars in Neutral Bay, Sydney

Interior | Courtesy of La Dispensa
Paris Donnatella Callan

Set just over the Harbour Bridge, this small little harbourside suburb of Sydney offers up stunning views of the city from the other side of the water. Home to fantastic vistas, contemporary cafes, bustling bistros, beautiful bays and buzzing bars, Neutral Bay is the perfect place to end a day in Sydney, taking in the city with a drink in hand. Here’s the top watering holes to wander to in Neutral Bay.

1. La Despensa

Bar, Restaurant, Spanish, Tapas, Vegan, Vegetarian

Courtesy of La Despensa

Only opening in November 2017, the new-to-Neutral-Bay bar and restaurant is already turning heads and attracting lovers of vino with their extensive wine list and authentic Spanish tapas. La Despensa‘s wine menu is carefully curated to compliment the food, and all bottles are hand-selected by the head chef from a range of small family-owned vineyards in Catalonia, Spain.

2. Yok Thai Tapas & Wine

Bar, Restaurant, Tapas, Australian

This Thai wine bar and restaurant draws on tapas style dining, encouraging share plates and smaller portions, allowing customers to try a wider selection. Cocktails with a twist accompany steaming plates of colourful cooking; with a gourmet wine list featuring some exciting and exotic blends, Yok Thai is the perfect place to pop by for a drink and a nibble.

3. Honey Rider Brewery

Bar, Pub Grub, Australian

This little neighbourhood gem will beguile beer-lovers to no end. The bar is also home to one of the smallest on-site commercial breweries, producing beers and ales. The setting is stylish and attracts Neutral Bay’s trendiest residents with its art-filled exposed brick walls. Home to a fine selection of craft beers, top-shelf whiskey and house-created cocktails, this is a great date-night spot or place to escape to when the crowds of Sydney’s Central Business District (CBD) get all too much.

4. Cactus Blue

Bar, Restaurant, Australian

This quirky little restaurant-bar does casual food and drinks at its best in Neutral Bay. The boutique bar is a favourite of locals who come to lap up the laid-back vibe. Try one of the house-designed cocktails over a pizza or some tapas with friends; this is a great hangout spot to have a catch up with quality service and brilliant beverages.

5. The Oaks Hotel

Bar, Pub Grub

Food is served
© Letícia Almeida/Courtesy of The Oaks

Featuring house-created cocktails and craft beers by the dozen, this quirky hangout attracts the locale’s coolest residents as well as those in the know. The space boasts a great outdoor area, perfect for a balmy summer’s eve, as well as multiple bars and eating spaces, meaning there’s a vibe here to suit all sorts of moods. Lively and local, this is the ultimate venue for a fun night out in Neutral Bay. Check its website for a list of upcoming events and specials.

6. Thiq Bar

Bar, Pub Grub

Food is served
© Letícia Almeida/Courtesy of The Oaks

Pulling inspirations from the classic local pub, New York-style delis and Spanish tapas is what this Neutral Bay bar and eatery is all about. With elaborate care and attention paid to each plate of food or curious concoction passed over the bar by the mixologists, Thiq promises to seduce with an experience to remember. The bar also boasts specials such as a weekday happy hour.

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