If you’re getting tired of all that swiping and having zero luck online, then maybe it’s time to start looking for love the old-school way – out on the town. From chance encounters on the dance floor, to sparks ignited while waiting for cocktails, some bars are simply brimming with pick up potential. So, we’ve scouted out some of this city’s finest singles playgrounds – here are Sydney’s best bars for picking up.
Picking up a soulmate while browsing the vinyl stacks might sound like something out of a movie, but at Mojo Record Bar, it really can be your reality. Not only is the front record store rife with fellow music-lovers, but the attached bar proves the perfect place for follow-up romancing. Bring your new friend back here for craft beers, cocktails and tunes they’ll love.
Laidback Freda’s is a hotbed of fun folk, which means an increased chance of picking up a winner. Here, you can party hard with the best, ripping up the dance floor and connecting over some top live jams and DJ sets. Hit it off with someone special? Escape to a cosy corner to further charm them with some cocktails, nachos and witty banter.
If you’re trying your luck picking up at a bar, just remember that a more diverse crowd equals a more diverse array of fellow singles and that The Newtown Hotel draws a mixed bag of partygoers every night of the week. Bond over an after-work happy hour tipple, get social with some sunny Sunday session brews, or impress them with your dance prowess during one of the weekend DJ sets.
The quintessential Sydney pub, with a banging beer garden to match, The Courthouse is a favourite for all different kinds of punters. And what better setting than a melting pot of cool people for that socialising session? Meet your next someone special over crafty pints, top-notch burgers and a bit of weekend sunshine.
You’ll find mingling singles aplenty at the Beresford Hotel, with revelers of all kinds there to enjoy the broad line-up of fun. Meet dog-lovers and their pooches sinking beers in the leafy courtyard, music fiends rocking out in the upstairs bandroom and after-work punters kicking back with happy hour drinks in the front bar.
When it comes to picking up, The Argyle often proves a smorgasbord of singles, thanks to its diverse offering, central location and non-stop, late-night party vibes. Mingle with the after-work crowd over $5 happy hour drinks (5-7pm), meet a fellow film buff at one of the Monday night movie sessions, or make some connections on the dance floor during one of the high-energy weekend DJ sets.
This buzzy neighbourhood favourite promises a broad cross-section of punters, which also means boundless opportunities for picking up someone cool. You might win them over with a game or two at the pool table, or woo them with Negronis and clever conversation up on the colourful rooftop terrace. The crowd is fun and the laidback, homely vibe is sure to calm any nerves.
If you fancy picking up a sophisticated sort of someone, a visit to upscale cocktail haunt Zeta Bar is bound to unearth some treasures. Up here, the crowd’s well-heeled, the drinks are world-class, and that stunning terrace is enough to make anyone swoon. Mingle over top-notch cocktails and epic city views, or escape to a chesterfield for some quiet conversation.
If you’re a whisky-lover looking to pick up a like-minded lad or lass, the Wild Rover proves an excellent choice. Warm and welcoming, with lighting that’s dialled to the perfect level of moodiness, this Surry Hills bar is slinging a stand-out selection of spirits and plenty of nerve-soothing signature cocktails. Hot tip? Swing by on a Tuesday night if you’re packing some mad trivia skills.