Concrete Playground – Sydney’s Best Underground Bars that are actually Underground

2018-10-29T15:19:36+00:00

SYDNEY’S BEST UNDERGROUND BARS THAT ARE ACTUALLY UNDERGROUND

Basements, cellars and underground vaults can be a little… creepy. Unless, at the bottom of the stairs, you’re greeted with a lineup of rare Champagnes, cocktails being served out of embellished cow horns or a horde of shirtless, overall-toting bartenders (well, the latter is a matter of preference).

Sydney has no shortage of standout bars hidden away underneath the hustle and bustle of the city — and there’s one for every occasion. Feel like munching on a Mary’s burger while you throw back cognac? Sydney has it. Prefer a lobster roll paired with a bottle of Dom? Got that too.

Good for impressing a date, taking someone from out of town or just for a well-deserved after-work tipple, these are our favourite bars under the city.

 

By Concrete Playground | MAY 09, 2018

A Thor-inspired carvery doing modern Nordic food and exceptional cocktails.

 

The Swinging Cat Underground Cocktail Bar Sydney

THE DOSS HOUSE

An old-world whisky bar in The Rocks.

 

The Swinging Cat Underground Cocktail Bar Sydney

A hard-to-find underground cocktail bar in the CBD.

 

The Swinging Cat Underground Cocktail Bar Sydney

More Swillhouse graduates make for a booze-slingin’ good time.

 

The Swinging Cat Underground Cocktail Bar Sydney

PALMER & CO.

A hidden, but well-known, cocktail bar reminiscent of Sydney’s notorious past of speakeasies, sly grog and razor gangs.

 

The Swinging Cat Underground Cocktail Bar Sydney

SHADY PINES SALOON

The Darlinghurst original that spawned an empire.

 

The Swinging Cat Underground Cocktail Bar Sydney

THE SWINGING CAT

A sophisticated homage to New Orleans and its signature drink, the sazerac.

 

The Swinging Cat Underground Cocktail Bar Sydney

RESTAURANT HUBERT

High-class French food in a subterranean space on Bligh Street. The chicken fricassée is the stuff of legend.

 

The moment you step up to the bar, you’re made to feel like a real regular at this relaxed yet refined slice of old Cuba.

 

The Swinging Cat Underground Cocktail Bar Sydney

SOLERA BAR

Barangaroo’s new small bar serving up rare Champagne and charcuterie boards.

 

The Swinging Cat Underground Cocktail Bar Sydney

BIG POPPA’S

Hello Sailor has been transformed into a cheese, wine and hip hop bar.

 

The Swinging Cat Underground Cocktail Bar Sydney

FRANKIE’S

Part dive bar, part New York-style pizza parlour, part blast from the past in the form of 80s metal.

 

The Swinging Cat Underground Cocktail Bar Sydney

BURROW BAR

This cosy, hidden gem feels just like a friend’s lounge room.

 

The Swinging Cat Underground Cocktail Bar Sydney

THE BAXTER INN

A cavernous whisky bar where the bartenders know their stuff and good times are at the top of the agenda.

 

The Swinging Cat Underground Cocktail Bar Sydney

DELLA HYDE

Slip into cruise control this Oxford Street basement cocktail bar.

 

The Swinging Cat Underground Cocktail Bar Sydney

GOLDEN AGE CINEMA AND BAR

Old-school charm to lure you off your couch.

 

The Swinging Cat Underground Cocktail Bar Sydney

SOULTRAP

We take our hats off to this new Surry Hills bar combining fortified wines and feathered fedoras.

 

The Swinging Cat Underground Cocktail Bar Sydney

GRANDMA’S

A CBD cocktail bar with faded granny glamour.

 

The Swinging Cat Underground Cocktail Bar Sydney

STITCH BAR

A subterranean bar with sewing machines and hot dogs.

 

The Swinging Cat Underground Cocktail Bar Sydney

UNCLE MING’S

This York Street basement bar is a little bit kitsch and a little bit mysterious.

 

The Swinging Cat Underground Cocktail Bar Sydney

CHARLIE PARKER’S

Cosy basement bar at Fred’s with exposed sandstone, seasonal cocktails and killer bar snacks.

 

The Swinging Cat Underground Cocktail Bar Sydney

BARRIO CELLAR

Some of Sydney’s best tequila and mezcal cocktails await at the Barrio Chino team’s basement bar.

 

The Swinging Cat Underground Cocktail Bar Sydney

THE CLIFF DIVE

The Tio’s boys have done it again. And this time things are tropical.

 

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