The SydneyCity Guide

Our guide to the Sydney bars to visit, the bartenders to see, and all the good things to drink.


One bar’s simple, delicious solution to coping with the staff shortage

It doesn’t matter where you are in Australia right now, the bar industry is short-staffed. So one bar is getting creative with the basics.

The Barrie, a new late night bar, is set to open on the old Freda’s site

Open until 4am, The Barrie is a new late night live music bar set to open soon in Chippendale — here's what to expect.

‘The Hotel Hollywood is something we can’t afford to lose,’ writes Harriet Leigh

The Hotel Hollywood is up for sale. "There aren’t any left like this. And when this goes we’ll start to forget. We’ll start to forget all the magic that used to happen."

Everything We Know: Sammy Junior, the new cafe and bar from Maybe Sammy

Here’s what we know right now about Sammy Junior from Maybe Sammy — when it’s opening, what it’s all about and more.

Everything We Know… about Hickson House Distilling Co

Hickson House Distilling Co is set to open in the middle of 2021 — we asked co-owner Mike Enright to tell us all about it. Here's everything we know.

The Baxter Inn’s Tom Price: ‘Having a collection is great; drinking your collection is more important.’

The Baxter Inn's Tom Price talks whisky collecting, rare bottles that speak of a time and a place, and why you should "disregard the bullshit."

“Isn’t that what cocktails should be about?” Door Knock‘s Natalie Ng on their new list

Natalie Ng is co-owner and bartender at Sydney bar Door Knock, and here she talks about why their latest cocktail list is their best yet.

These three Australian bars made the World’s 50 Best Bars List

The World’s 50 Best Bars 2020 was announced overnight in London, and three Australian bars — all from Sydney — have made the cut.

PS40’s Michael Chiem: ‘I wanted to throw a party and have a bit of fun.’

PS40 owner Michael Chiem talks about how they've overcome the challenges of the pandemic, and the bartender who stole his regulars.

Last Call: a photographic look at how bartenders felt going into the March shutdown

On the weekend before bars across Australia went into the March coronavirus shutdown, Olivia Rockwell and photographer Ulrich Lenffer spoke to Sydney bartenders to document this unique moment in time.

‘Obviously I love what I do.’ Pete Ehemann on The Cumberland and micro Aussie whisky

'You’ve changed the course of someone’s life. And I get kicks out of that.' Pete Ehemann is co-owner of The Cumberland and here he talks about why he does what he does, Australian whisky, and cocktails by the beach.

A Good Thing: the Whiskey Apple at Shady Pines Saloon

Sydney's Shady Pines Saloon opened in 2010, and it's them you can thank for this delicious way of drinking whiskey: the Whiskey Apple.