FOOD & DRINK Features
Sydney’s Swanky Bars
When I think of swanky bars, it conjures images of exquisite drinks, classy décor, exclusive venues and impressive scenery. This may sound like a tall order, but in Sydney you can find bars to meet all these requirements and more … if you know where to look.
Lower Concourse Level
Sydney Opera House
When it comes to views, it’s hard to beat Opera Bar. Located in the foreground of the Sydney Opera House, it showcases a panoramic view of Sydney Harbour Bridge with Luna Park illuminating the backdrop. Whether you drop by for a cocktail or the enviable wine list, the atmosphere sitting outside, looking down over the water is sure to impress.
Level 1, Overseas Passenger Terminal
For a smaller venue with equally stunning scenery, try Cruise Bar located in the Overseas Passenger Terminal. It overlooks the water for a truly phenomenal view of the Opera House. The bar hosts an international crowd when cruise liners dock directly outside and has a range of events to match. Cruise Bar holds a salsa night every Thursday that is a blast to attend. The music is infectious and the crowd of both avid amateurs and professional dancers create quite a spectacle.
Palmer & Co.
To those unfamiliar with Palmer & Co, the entrance appears to lead to a restroom or staff door. This subtle entry is your first hint of the prohibition theme that abounds when you get downstairs. Palmer & Co features staff decked out in 1920’s flapper-style attire and a DJ booth concealed within a piano shell. The hidden elegance of the bar creates a playful, yet glamorous atmosphere. The cocktail list includes a range of period themed drinks mixed artfully as you watch.
Level 1/10-14 Bulletin Place
Local favourite Bulletin Place is also hidden away from street view. Deceptively housed in a tiny room next to a Tapas restaurant, the minimalist exterior belies the expert craftsmanship you can expect to find inside. The Bulletin bartenders create new speciality cocktails daily based on the freshest ingredients.
Eau De Vie
229 Darlinghurst Road
In terms of finely made drinks, you cannot go past Eau De Vie. As Best Cocktail Bar of the Year 2011 from both Time Out Awards and the Australian Bar Awards, this bar needs to be on your list. Since opening in 2010, Eau De Vie has garnered high praise for its friendly, knowledgeable staff and their enviable mastery of drink mixing.
32 Orwell Street
Potts Point, 2011
Finally, no list of swanky bars could be complete without The Roosevelt. Since opening in 1947, this bar has been adding a touch of Hollywood to central Sydney. The Roosevelt oozes luxury and style, with an elegant décor reflecting its 1940’s origins. The drinks include an evolving wine and beer list and classic cocktails perfected over years of practise.
Writer & Photographer – Jennifer. H