The best places for after-work drinks in Sydney

We asked about your favourite city haunts for cocktails and catch-ups.

If you’re one of those returning to work in the city centre after working from home, you might be looking for some new inspiration for places to go when you clock off.

We asked our Instagram followers to share their favourite bars and pubs they head to when they’re in need of an after-work cocktail and catch-up. Here’s what they told us.

Palmer & Co

Abercrombie Lane
Sydney

“It has the best Reuben Sandwich and a great speakeasy vibe” said @mattgurr

This classy 1920s-themed cocktail bar is hidden underground. The prohibition-style bar is known for the cocktails, atmosphere, dapper staff and live music.

Kittyhawk

16 Phillip Lane
Sydney

“Feels a world away in a past era with fab design and delicious cocktails” said @thesuzelife

This French restaurant and bar is designed around the 1944 liberation of Paris. It has an old-world charm, amazing cocktails and great food.

Untied

4/400 Barangaroo Avenue
Barangaroo

“Great spot in Barangaroo with a rooftop terrace” said @oli_gal

Expect tropical vibes at this rooftop oasis in Barangaroo. Inventive cocktails through summer and mulled wine and cider in winter.

The Doss House

77 George Street
The Rocks

“It has a cosy vibe, live music and friendly staff!” said @funbobbyarnold

If you fancy a whisky after work, head to this intimate heritage bar. Its vintage interior will make you feel like you’ve been transported back to another time.

Employees Only

9 Barrack Street
Sydney

“They do some great cocktails and the vibe is so chill and classy” said @itsntr

Let go of your working day with burlesque dancers and psychic readers at this basement hub. On the menu you’ll find all the cocktail classics, fancy specials and beer and wine too.

Above Par

215 Clarence Street
Sydney

“Their Turkish food is the best!” said sydneystriowski

Middle Eastern-inspired cocktails, Turkish food and a beautiful cherry blossom tree. This vibrant indoor and outdoor space has live DJs on Thursday and Friday evenings.

Babylon

Level 7/118 Pitt Street
Sydney

“For an espresso martini after a long days editing,” said @eye_capture_it

“Great space and live music,” said @cee_wee

A rooftop bar covered with lush greenery right in the middle of the city. Inspired by one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world, you can feast on Turkish food and sip on alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails.

Old Mate’s Place

Level 4/199 Clarence Street
Sydney

“So cute and cosy,” said @laurenamytuck

Boasting imaginative cocktails and a rooftop garden, climb up to the 4th floor to find one of Sydneysiders’ favourite speakeasies.

The Lobo Plantation

1/209 Clarence Street
Sydney

“Great team, great vibes and great cocktails - it’s always a good time at the Lobo,” said @estellemarianne

Bringing a bit of the Caribbean to the heart of the city with a handpicked collection of over 250 rums and live music every Wednesday.

Bopp and Tone

60 Carrington Street
Sydney

“For happy hour prosecco!” said @shelliewatchesthestars

If your commute home starts at Wynyard station, this is the perfect place to stop for a quick one. The luxury space is inspired by the nostalgic and optimistic post-World War II era.

Paragon Hotel

1 Loftus Street
Sydney

“Nice atmosphere and vibe,” said @mima_r

Down at Circular Quay, this pub has a ground-floor sports bar and an open-air garden bar upstairs.

Bar Totti’s

Shop 4/330, George Street
Sydney

“Feels like a weekend escape,” said @kateporterdesign

Find this Italian-inspired bar and restaurant within the Ivy precinct serving house-made antipasti and cocktails.

Matteo Downtown

20 Bond Street
Sydney

“Great pizza and great décor! Also close to Wynyard for the B-line home,” said @emilyka611

With a section dedicated to negronis and a menu inspired by all things Italian, this bar is a pure slice of Italy just around the corner from Australia Square.

Ship Inn

1 Pitt Street
Sydney

“Perfect spot for a drink prior to catching the Manly ferry home,” said @jubersax Get to this Circular Quay pub after work on a Wednesday for a happy-hour bargain, with cocktails at just $17.

We’re working together with the NSW Government to revitalise the city centre. From live music and performance, to dining and culture, there’s so much happening in the city right now. Find the latest events on What’s On.

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