Channeling a New Orleans jazz vibe, the Sydney bar Swinging Cat is certainly worth a visit. Located within the heart of the CBD, this basement bar has plenty on offer, including live music nights, and an extensive range of Sazerac cocktails. There are other loved options like the Hurricane and Ramos Gin Fizz that also hit the spot (be warned, the Hurricane is strong, so watch out!).

While this bar is on the small side (in truth, there is barely enough room to swing a cat) it’s the perfect nook for a cosy winter night or after work drinks. Sure, there may be a little line-up on a Thursday and Friday night, but we think that’s because word is out about this fun small bar in the CBD.

On the food menu are toasties and one of the most generous charcuterie boards in the CBD. Snag a seat, order a snack and a drink, and settle in for a very cool and cosy evening.

TUL tip: The prawn and crab dumplings, and the New Orleans grilled cheese will definitely keep you satisfied.