Originally referred to as Sydney’s red light district, Darlinghurst is a vibrant and lively suburb that offers plenty of places to wine and dine. There’s no shortage of Darlinghurst bars and pubs and most of the choices you’ll here find are nothing less than excellent. Indeed, the whole area is the perfect spot for bar hopping or to simply enjoy the rest of the night with some friends. The ambiance of each bar is distinct from the next one and each place has its own unique atmosphere and personality.
Below is a list of are some of the best Darlinghurst pubs and bars that you should try out:
Eau de Vie, 229 Darlinghurst Rd – 4.4 stars
Located at the back of Kirketon Hotel, this bar owned by Sven Almenning serves the best cocktails in the area. The wide range of booze offered at this place will simply blow your mind away. Even their antique cocktail accessories will mesmerise you. Eau de Vie is influenced by the speakeasy bars of the 1920s. It can definitely take you to that era where enjoying a drink so good is almost illegal.
Shady Pines Saloon, 4/256 Crown St – 4.6 stars
This saloon serves specialty whiskeys, ryes, bourbons, and craft ales. This low-lit, cowboy-themed pub has different bottles of spirits to create incredible cocktails. The place is decorated with modern artworks of landscapes and wildlife, including taxidermy animals. The ambience is more like the traditional North American rural bars. It’s one of the original Darlinghurst bars that spawned its own empire over the years.
This Must Be The Place, 239 Oxford St – 4.6 stars
Owned by veteran mixologists Luke Ashton and Charlie Ainsbury, this dainty place located on Oxford Street has a bright, Scandinavian look into it. Inside it is one little polished timber counter where the greatest spritzers are concocted. You’ll fall in love with their creative drinks that include more than just natural white wine. Each glass is served with that distinct flavourful balance of wine and seasonal ingredients.
Big Poppa’s, 96 Oxford Street – 4.4 stars
If you’re into good wine, Italian food, and some hip-hop vibe, then you’ve come to the right place. This place owned by Lewis Jaffrey and Jared Merlino strives to gives you the best of all worlds. It features a ground-level restaurant with a classic dark wood ambience that serves great food. Anytime you’re in the mood for drinks, just head downstairs to the moodily-lit bar where the wine flows until 3 am.
The Commons Local Eating House, 32 Burton Street – 4.4 stars
This place is a restaurant and bar all rolled into one. It’s located just off Oxford Street and the three-level split storey building that houses it is now a landmark in the area. It sports a farmhouse-style bar that has been the most preferred spot of big groups whenever they want to enjoy some creative modern European dishes while chugging great-tasting wines at the same time. And if they get into the mood to hear good music, they’ll just head downstairs to the 165-year-old cellar bar where they can listen to live jazz and blues playing in the background.
Love, Tilly Devine, 91 Crown Ln – 4.5 stars
Whether you’re with a date or a group of friends, you’ll enjoy your stay at this funky, cosy bar. You’ll love its eclectic furniture and wooden fixtures, fresh flowers, and sparkling clean glassware hanging at the bar. This pub is among Sydney’s first small bars and its popularity has never waned since it first became popular four years ago. A lot of that is because of its very extensive 300-strong wine list.
Darlo Bar, 306 Liverpool St – 4.3 stars
If you want to experience what a good time in Sydney is really about, then you have to visit this trendy bar. This eclectic 1960s-inspired bar is more like a community living room where the regulars enjoy trivia nights, pool competitions, and weekend happy hours. It’s a corner club that you surely want to visit to have a taste of an LA-style social club right in the heart of Sydney.
Bitter Phew, 137 Oxford St – 4.8 stars
This highly rated world-class bar serves the best craft beer in the area. It’s a cosy laid-back watering hole that also offers board games to people who enjoy playing them. Aside from their evolving range of craft beers, you’ll also love the design of the place, especially its very distinct exposed wooden beams.
The Local Taphouse, 122 Flinders St – 4.2 stars
Beer lovers will definitely love their stay at this hipster paradise. Be sure to try one or all of the artisan beers that they offer. They also serve bottled craft beers. Come here day or night, it won’t really matter. Any time is the best time to just hang out on their rooftop garden bar to either soak up the beautiful Australian sun or adore all the stars in the sky. The overall décor of the place is 1920s inspired with all the eclectic details that start from the bar extend all the way to the bathroom.
The Long Goodbye, 1/83 Stanley St – 4.6 stars
If all you want are creative cocktails served fast, then this is the place where you should go. The design of the place is film noir-inspired, which gives it an edgy but interesting ambience. It’s where you want to be if you’re into cosy casual bars that serve great cocktails.