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.
A Thor-inspired carvery doing modern Nordic food and exceptional cocktails.
An old-world whisky bar in The Rocks.
A hard-to-find underground cocktail bar in the CBD.
More Swillhouse graduates make for a booze-slingin’ good time.
A hidden, but well-known, cocktail bar reminiscent of Sydney’s notorious past of speakeasies, sly grog and razor gangs.
The Darlinghurst original that spawned an empire.
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.
Barangaroo’s new small bar serving up rare Champagne and charcuterie boards.
Hello Sailor has been transformed into a cheese, wine and hip hop bar.
Part dive bar, part New York-style pizza parlour, part blast from the past in the form of 80s metal.
This cosy, hidden gem feels just like a friend’s lounge room.
A cavernous whisky bar where the bartenders know their stuff and good times are at the top of the agenda.
Slip into cruise control this Oxford Street basement cocktail bar.
Old-school charm to lure you off your couch.
We take our hats off to this new Surry Hills bar combining fortified wines and feathered fedoras.
A CBD cocktail bar with faded granny glamour.
A subterranean bar with sewing machines and hot dogs.
This York Street basement bar is a little bit kitsch and a little bit mysterious.
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