Palmer & Co. is the perfect little escape from reality. Slip back into a time of decadence and sinful affairs in this 1920s-themed bar, where gin-based beverages are the poison of choice, and glitz and glamour come as a garnish. This bar, set a stone’s throw from Sydney Harbour is an insider special; not well-known on the tourist scene, the barrel-vaulted brick basement bar is the perfect place to disappear in.
Palmer & Co. Abercrombie Lane. Sydney. Australia, +61 (02) 9254 8088
Creative cocktails in a chic bar and restaurant is The Gantry. It boasts imaginative flair with each concoction, using native botanicals and homemade ingredients to produce unusually surprising flavours and a bar menu to boot. The fare is curated with originality, offering individual menus for vegetarian and gluten-free diners, meaning everyone is equally cratered for at this on-trend Sydney Harbour watering hole.
The Gantry Restaurant & Bar. 11 Hickson Road. Sydney. Australia, +61 (02) 8298 9910
Nearly a century old, The Glenmore is the perfect place to catch the sunset after a long day of sightseeing around Sydney city. The rooftop which overlooks Sydney Harbour is always buzzing with post-work crowds, lively travellers and locals cheers-ing drinks and sharing secrets of Sydney city; no surprise it won the Australian Hotel Association of New South Wales ‘Best Rooftop Bar’ award in 2016.
The Glenmore Hotel. 96 Cumberland Street. The Rocks. Sydney. Australia, +61 (02) 9247 4794
This heritage-style watering hole is notably Sydney’s longest running, continually licensed hotel, and the home of the city’s oldest pub brewery. Set in the scenic surroundings of The Rocks, The Lord Nelson Brewery just moments from Sydney Harbour is the perfect place to wind down after a long day. Completely chill and unpretentious, The Lord Nelson is all about quality – whether that be service, food, drinks or accommodation.
The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel. 19 Kent Street. The Rocks. Sydney. Australia, +61 (02) 9251 4044
Baxter Inn is one of the most established bars in Australia, not to mention only moments from Sydney Harbour. This seductive little basement saloon is notoriously difficult to find, set down an alley in the city, with no signage to guide the way. Boasting over 600 bottles of whiskey alone, this is the ultimate bar for those seeking something special; no surprise it’s been repeatedly voted in the top 50 bars in The World’s 50 Best Bars Awards.
The Baxter Inn. 152-156 Clarence Street. Sydney. Australia, +61 (02) 9221 5580