Some days, after a long slog at office, you know the only thing that’ll make you feel human again is to clock off and kick back with a few hard-earned, after-work drinks. Well friends, Sydney’s got your back; whether you’re partial to a few vinos at some inner-city wine bar, or prefer to keep things casual with pub with a few easy pints at your local. Savour that 5pm freedom and hit up our pick of Sydney’s best bars for after-work drinks.
For an after-work session infused with a jazzy, New Orleans vibe, make a beeline for The Swinging Cat. The CBD small bar’s open from 4pm weekdays, slinging top-notch classic cocktails and chic snacks out of a super comfy basement hideaway. Camp out with one of the bar’s famously good Sazeracs and leave that work stress far behind.
Chilled-out vibes, a cosy space and a fabulous lineup of rum cocktails makes Grandma’s a top-notch pick for your after-work hangs. Here, cheery bartenders will make you feel right at home, while you unwind over some hard-earned libations. What’s more, you’ll find a whole lot of tropical-inspired sips, for those afternoons when you just need a little taste of island life.
There are a bunch of reasons why The Lobo Plantation proves a winning after-work drinks destination, not least of all the downright epic selection of rum, sourced from all over the planet. Escape down the curving staircase, nab a plush booth and one of the tropical signature cocktails, and the work week won’t seem so bad after all.
The cosy surrounds of Surry Hills’ Mr Fox are primed for after-work drinks, as is its wide-ranging booze selection, showcasing knock-off libations for any kind of mood. Perch at the bar or find your crew a comfy corner, to enjoy happy hour specials like $5 wines, $5 beers and $12 cocktails (5-7pm). A solid range of shares and grazing platters are also great for those post-work snack sessions.
If you’re hunting for an after-work drinks spot with a sophisticated booze list and an atmosphere to match, the CBD’s Three Bottle Man is sure to impress. At this stylish haunt, you’ll find a chic array of drinking snacks – think, duck rillettes and cured Aussie meats – alongside smart signature cocktails and a considered line-up of local wines. What’s more, the laneway courtyard is a ripper on a balmy eve.
If knock-off time finds you in or near Darlinghurst, you’ll find an after-work haven in fresh-faced pub The East Village. Not only has it got a fab little rooftop bar for when the weather’s feeling fine, but also a bunch of tasty drink specials, including $10 Margaritas on Mondays, $10 Espresso Martinis each Thursday, and 20% off beers and wines for Friday’s 4-6pm happy hour. DJ tunes and weekly food specials also go down a treat.
After a hard day at the office, you deserve a little indulgence, right? Well, that means clocking off work, making a beeline for The Hilton and landing yourself in the swanky surrounds of Marble Bar. The ornate space will have you feeling like you’re living the high life, while the daily cocktail hour specials (6-8pm) ensure you don’t burn too much cash in the process. Plus, there’s live tunes to soothe your soul, from 7pm Thursdays and Fridays.
If ever there was a venue where after-work drinks slip easily into after-dark fun, it’s Since I Left You. In the heart of the CBD, this well-loved small bar likes to keep things simple, with a tidy list of wines, and a crop of memorable cocktails. The fairylit courtyard plays host to an impressive program of live tunes and DJ’s throughout the week, while on Tuesdays, there’s trivia and $15 cocktails to enjoy.
Escape all thoughts of the working week, by way of after-work drinks at Burrow Bar. This cosy, CBD basement bar will remove you completely from that hectic world above, as you bunker down over clever seasonal cocktails and some excellent wines. There’s also a banging little snacks menu and a friendly crew of staff to round out the after-work experience.
AA short stroll from the CBD, The Morrison is one of Sydney’s most popular haunts for after-work drinks. It’s got a good selection of tap beers on offer, a well-travelled wine list and an adventurous lineup of cocktails to satisfy almost every palate. Happy hour kicks off at 5pm each weekday, while Wednesdays are heaven for oyster-lovers, thanks to the $1 oyster hour from 6-7pm.
The ultimate after-work drinks spot for any music-lover, Mojo Record Bar will have you finishing your day on a high note, providing funky vinyl tunes, lots of Aussie craft beers and a laidback crowd with which to enjoy it all. The front record store’s open for browsing until 6pm (Mon-Wed) or 9pm (Thur-Fri), and there’s funk and soul DJ’s from 6pm each Thursday.
Hanging for some top-quality, after-work wines? You’ll find yourself in excellent hands with a visit to renowned Woollahra bar, The Wine Library. Like the name suggests, the shelves here aren’t short on options, and a hefty by-the-glass selection means you can try a few different drops in one sitting. Meanwhile, the food menu’s geared to knock-off snacks, dinner feasts and everything in between.
With its friendly, laidback feel, The Australian Youth Hotel makes for one very comfy after-work drinks situation. Fly by the old-school Glebe pub for your weekday knock-offs and you’ll be rewarded with some top-notch happy hour deals (5-7pm) and a great beer garden in which to enjoy them. Other weekly specials and fun include trivia and $15 schnitzels each Wednesday.