The five best cocktail bars in Sydney


Vasco – Max Greco and Luke Ashton compiled their extensive knowledge of flavours to create Vasco, an Italian and rock inspired cocktail bar. Luke Ashton was named Australia's best bartender for 2013 and is in the running to be named the best in the world, so head to Vasco for a perfectly poured drink with a retro feel.

The Cornerhouse – recommended by The Telegraph in an article on the best cocktail bars in the world, the building that houses this bar used to be a stop along the Bondi Tramline. The classy decor echoes the historic roots of the building and food is served here too, perfect for a relaxing evening after a day at Bondi Beach.

Bulletin Place – owned by Tim Philips, winner of World Class Bartender of the Year 2012, Bulletin Place is swiftly becoming the freshest new bar in town. The menu is regularly updated with experimental new tipples and the bar has been nominated for New Bar of the Year and National Cocktail Bar of the Year at the upcoming Bartender Bar Awards.

Icebergs – Icebergs has been named the 33rd best cocktail bar in the world according to users of the World's Best Bars website. The bar sits on cliffs that overlook the southern end of Bondi Beach, perfect for those who want to gaze at a stunning view whilst sipping their cocktail. As a favourite with celebrities, a cocktail can be a little pricey, but the extensive range of beers, Australian wines and top shelf spirits more than makes up for this.

Water Bar – situated on Woolloomooloo Wharf, great harbour views can be appreciated here. Water Bar is located inside the BLUE Sydney Hotel and appeared in Conde Nast Traveller's list of top 10 bars in the world, a reflection of the luxury it offers in terms of decor and ambience as well as in cocktails. A number of Sydney's top restaurants can be found nearby, making Water Bar ideal for an after dinner drink.

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