As far as bars go, Australians are certainly spoilt for choice. Millions might descend our shores for our twinkling harbours and unrivalled surf, but it’s our world-renowned bars and nightlife that has everyone talking - and it’s not hard to see why. Whether it be a waterside cocktail lounge in Circular Quay or a cozy rooftop bar in the inner CBD, Sydney is home to more than just a few spectacular drinking spots.
But let’s face it - it’s not even about quality or customer service anymore. It’s about the location and creating that perfectly curated feed. Because if you didn’t Instagram it, did it even happen? If your appreciation for fine wine holds as much significance as your desire for that artfully constructed shot, this is the list you need to know. Keep scrolling for our picks of the best bars bound to give your followers a significant dose of Instagram-induced envy.
1. Bert's Bar And Brasserie
We might not ever be able to afford the hefty price tag that accompanies a Newport residence, but an afternoon of luxury at Bert’s Bar and Brasserie can be yours for a fraction of the price. Whether you’re having a low-key get together or just really want to indulge in some good food and a glass of red wine, Bert’s is the perfect destination to kick back and unwind. Be sure to grab your friends and book a table while you can because Bert’s spectacular Wine Series is also back for another year of excellent food, quality wine and unforgettable conversations. Did we mention it comes complete with gob-smacking views that create the ultimate shot?
2. Hotel Centennial
A local favourite, Hotel Centennial is your one-stop destination for delicious food, cocktails, and artfully curated furniture. Nestled across from Centennial Parklands, its contemporary and relaxed atmospherics will ensure you snap the perfect candid.
3. The Greenwood Hotel
Located in the heart of North Sydney, the Greenwood Hotel has been a meeting point among punters for decades. With an extensive range of menu choices that will suit whatever mood you’re in, the Greenwood is the ideal venue for a Friday lunch or after work drinkings and is most definitely worthy of a spot on your grid.
Situated in Circular Quay surrounded by breathtaking views of Sydney's Harbour Bridge, Hacienda is truly Instagrammable. Unwind with one of their classic cocktails (or they can whip you up a bespoke one if you wish) or satisfy your cravings with their Latin-American inspired menu for snacks or dinner.
5. Baby Coffee Co.
Pretty in pink, Waterloo’s Baby Coffee Co is every Instagrammer's dream - think plush pink couches and splashes of neon and pastel everywhere. To top things off, the menu features pancake, avocados, and bottomless mimosas, all at 10am in the morning.
6. The Dolphin Hotel
The reimagined Dolphin Hotel breathes new life into Sydney's pub scene. Deviating from the pretty pastels that dominate other dining venues, the pub is entirely modern and bold and perfect for that aesthetically pleasing feed.