Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Sydney

Zeta
A slinky seductress, Zeta is set inside the Hilton hotel, with a knockout terrace that overlooks George Street and the elaborate Romanesque dome of the Queen Victoria Building.
Wine Library
Got a hankering for fantastic wine and Italian snacks? This slick hole-in-the-wall wine bar is a winner for casual drinks 'n' eats.
Welcome Hotel
The Welcome Hotel is a casual, no-frills pub with surprisingly high-end food and a cool crowd of fellow drinkers.
Victoria Room
Tearoom by day and decadent watering hole by night, colonial-style Victoria Room attracts a stylish bunch who prefer liquids to solids.
Top tips for a top tipple: Hg2’s best bars in Sydney
As the annual Time Out Bar Awards in Sydney rolls around, Hg2 have compiled our best Sydney bars hit list for our readers.
The Winery
A wine bar and restaurant in Surry Hills, The Winery has an award-winning wine list and an atmospheric al fresco area to enjoy it in.
The Rum Diaries
Rum is the thing at The Rum Diaries, which offers 80 different varieties and a cool, laid-back atmosphere.
The Passage
Laid-back, late-night neighbourhood-feel bar...
The Lord Dudley
Brits missing their traditional London pubs will feel right at home at the Lord Dudley, a well-loved corner drinkery in the leafy, well-to-do suburb of Woollahra - Sydney's version of Primrose Hill.
The London
An institution in Sydney, The London Hotel has been around since 1870 and it's a beloved local pub for Balmain residents.
The Loft
Overlooking King Street Wharf with 240-degree harbour views from its decked balcony, The Loft is a sophisticated watering hole.
The Commons
So laid-back it's almost horizontal, The Commons is a casual spot for a booze-soaked catch-up with close friends.
Sticky
Clandestine, cool and a favourite haunt of in-the-know industry types, Sticky is one of Sydney's most stealthy bars above one of Sydney's most covert eateries, Table For 20 - also owned by Michael Fantuz.
Small Bar
Forever famous as the first 'small' bar of Sydney's small bar revolution, this cosy city bar isn't as pint-sized as you'd think.
Shady Pines Saloon
Get down and dirty at Shady Pines Saloon, a spit-and-sawdust kinda' place with hard liquor behind the bar.
Rockpool
The original trailblazer in chef Neil Perry's slew of Australian restaurants, Rockpool is a classy restaurant that has been delivering a solid, superior culinary experience for more than 21 years.
Riverview Hotel & Dining
A gastropub that champions the best of contemporary British fare in casual, pubby surroundings.
Pocket
This gritty, hip, semi-underground space attracts the crème of Sydney's hipster crowd, with more non-prescription glasses and stovepipe jeans than you can poke a swizzle stick at.
Piano Room
Basked in the red neon glow of the iconic Coca-Cola sign, the Piano Room is in the heart of Sydney's red light district with a lofty vista over William Street.
Opera Bar
Sprawled directly on the harbour front on the lower Opera House concourse, this open-air bar never fails to stop wide-eyed tourists in their tracks.
Mille Vini
This oh-so hip Surry Hills wine joint is usually always abuzz - a good choice if you've been wandering the length of the hipster-happy Crown Street searching fo
Love Tilly Devine
The newest, cosiest and most congenial 'small' bar to launch in the eastern suburbs is a splendid little wine joint named after an infamous bordello madame who lorded it up in the 1920s and 30s around Sydney.
Lo-Fi
Shabby-chic interiors, well-made cocktails and a cooler-than-schol crowd makes Lo-Fi a safe bet for Sydney's most stylish.
Jackies
Don your finest threads and your darkest Prada sunglasses because this is where the fashion set do lunch.
Ivy Pool Club
Entrance to this South Beach Miami meets Palm Springs wonderland is carefully restricted and as the name suggests, its centrepiece is the outdoor pool; the playground for Sydney's genetically blessed.
Hemmesphere
Easily one of Sydney's classiest cocktail bars, Hemmesphere is a stalwart in the Sydney scene and one for the discerning cocktail lover.
Grasshopper
Where do we start with a bar this magnificent? Grasshopper is a miniscule drinkery tucked away in a grungy, urban city lane.
Glenmore Rooftop Hotel
If it's a sparkling Sydney day and you want to drink a frosted schooner in the sun on a rooftop, this is the place.
Gazebo Wine Garden
Gazebo is a favourite among the Sydney socialite set, with a refreshingly fun, frivolous attitude to wine.
Gazebo Wine Bar
Gazebo Wine Bar in Sydney’s Elizabeth Bay serves creative dishes showcasing Australian ingredients, and a great wine list.
Gardel’s Bar
Mid-century Argentina comes to Sydney in this richly styled speakeasy with its own Evita-themed room.
Flinders Hotel
A dive bar with plenty of character (and characters, especially during the weekends), Flinders is the perfect place to fall rather spectacularly off the wagon.
Fico
The discreet entrance, sexy jazz tunes and flickering red candles should give you an idea that Fico isn't a rowdy drinking den.
Fatima’s
When you've quaffed one too many cocktails and have a hankering for a late-night felafel, Fatima is your lady.
Eau de Vie
A potent mixture of Mediterranean views exquisite surroundings and gourmet food.
Crane Bar
A popular Potts Point joint, Crane Bar is colourful, chic and packed with patrons keen to get their hands on potent cocktails and Japanese-inspired eats.
Café 1812
In 1812, Solomon Berkelouw opened his first family bookshop in Rotterdam, Holland, and now, six generations later, 1812 is back – in the form of Café 1812. 
Bungalow 8
Multi-faceted concept and lifestyle store...
Blu Bar
A Lost in Translation-style hotel bar, Blu Bar sits on its lofty 36th floor throne with a seriously impressive view over Sydney Harbour.
Big Poppa’s
A bar and restaurant in Darlinghurst, Big Poppa’s is where those in-the-know go for cheese, hip-hop and creative cocktails, as well as some damn fine Italian.

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