Searching for a date night venue? Somewhere to hold birthday drinks? A swanky new wine bar to impress your friends? Lucky for you, Australia has plenty of choice for every occasion. We’ve compiled a list of our top selections from cocktail bars to whisky dens, underground pubs and local taverns, it’s never a challenge to find a good bar to suit any occasion.
Bar Liberty: This Fitzroy wine bar has a whole lot more than just wine to offer – think craft beer, cocktails, sake and spirits aplenty.
234 Johnston Street, Fitzroy
Bar Americano: This tiny Italian style all-standing bar pays homage to classic cocktails at their best. You will struggle to find a better drink in Melbourne.
20 Presgrave Place, Melbourne
The Everleigh: Classic cocktails and outstanding service are at the top of the menu at this speak-easy style Fitzroy bar.
150 – 156 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
The Black Pearl: The world-class neighbourhood drinking den that claims is one of Australia’s most awarded venues.
304 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Whisky and Alement: Any great lover of whisky will feel at home among the 600-strong list of top-shelf whiskies and rare single malts.
270 Russell Street, Melbourne
Gerald’s Bar: This Carlton North wine bar comes complete with an impressive wine list and a welcoming vibe that will make you feel like a local in no time.
386 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North
Above Board: This Collingwood cocktail bar is the brainchild of a former Australian Bartender of the Year, so rest assured that a drink here will be one of the best.
Level 1, 306 Smith Street, Collingwood
Kirk’s Wine Bar: These guys are serious about good wine – just rock up, pick your poison and settle in for a long night of sipping and sampling.
Little Bourke Street and Hardware Lane, Melbourne
Heart Attack and Vine: This cosy wine bar encompasses the tradition of endless conversations over specialty coffee, wine and Italian eats.
329 Lygon Street, Carlton
Gin Palace: As the name suggests, this eclectic CBD bar is a haven for lovers of all things gin-related.
10 Russell Place, Melbourne
Embla: A wine list that will not disappoint with a plethora of knowledge from the staff and a late night menu serving some of the best dishes you will find in Melbourne.
122 Russell Street, Melbourne
Marion: Andrew McConnell’s iconic neighbourhood wine bar situated next door to its sister modern Australian restaurant, Cutler & Co.
51 – 53 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
Clever Little Tailor: This Adelaide joint is dedicated to bringing South Australians the very best of beer, spirits, cocktails and wine in a buzzing bar atmosphere.
19 Peel Street, Adelaide
Bank Street Social: There’s a strong focus on bringing the local gems to the forefront at Bank Street social, from wine to beer and spirits galore.
48 Hindley Street, Adelaide
Maybe Mae: It may take you a while to find this hidden gem, but when you do you are most certainly in for a late night. In this 1950’s lounge bar, you will be served great cocktails and tunes all night long.
15 Peel Street, Adelaide
La Buvette Drinkery: Translating to ‘neighbourhood drinking spot’ La Buvette is exactly that – where you’ll find people sharing and socialising over Aperol and grazing plates.
27 Gresham Street, Adelaide
Udaberri Pintxos y Vino: Located in one of Adelaide’s revitalised laneways, Udaberri is a romantic tapas and wine bar inspired by Spanish tastes and flavours.
11 Leigh Street, Adelaide
Apothecary 1878: This 19th-century inspired bar claims an award-winning wine list that showcases both boutique and lesser-known producers as well as the greats.
118 Hindley Street, Adelaide
Proof: A buzzing and casually sophisticated bar leading the charge as Adelaide’s first-ever small bar.
9 Anster Street, Adelaide
Pink Moon Saloon: One of Australia’s most talked about bars, this city venue is the winner of a number of impressive design and hospitality awards.
21 Leigh Street, Adelaide
Hains & Co: The trilogy of old-school drinks – gin, rum and whisky join forces, with some top shelf cigars at this soulful saloon.
23 Gilbert Place, Adelaide
Nola: On the edge of Adelaide’s pretty parklands you will find Nola, a space set to satisfy all your American foodie and boozy needs.
28 Vardon Avenue, Adelaide
The Good Bar: This cheeky bar is packed with soul, choice and attentive service – it’s the kind of place that you’ll go to for one and stay for one too many.
12 Union Street, Adelaide
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The Baxter Inn: Find a spot in one of the candle-lit booths, grab a bowl of complimentary pretzels and start drinking – you’ll be right for the night.
152 – 156 Clarence Street, Sydney
PS40: This soda and cocktail bar is shaking up Sydney’s up-and-coming bar scene, one Bush Tonic native Australian botanical cocktail at a time.
40 King Street, Sydney
Jacoby’s: How many neighbourhoods can boast a fabulous Tiki bar? Enmore can, with exotic cocktails and natural wines in tow.
154 Enmore Road, Enmore
Bulletin Place: Offering top-tier cocktails in a relaxed space, Bulletin Place holds all the best bits of bars in the one spot.
10 – 14 Bulletin Place, Sydney
Continental Deli Bar and Bistro: This multi-purpose eatery and bar is ticking all the boxes for casual dining, delicatessen produce and drinking in style at the adjoining bistro.
210 Australia Street, Newtown
Shady Pines Saloon: Hidden behind an assuming door on Crown Lane you’ll find a country and western style tavern that provides foot-stomping fun with a side of carefully crafted cocktails.
4/256 Crown Street, Darlinghurst
Wyno: The team behind popular Sydney restaurant, Porteño have done it once again with their trendy wine bar in Surry Hills.
4/50 Holt Street, Surry Hills
Where’s Nick: As Marrickville’s only wine bar, there’s little wonder that this one is a popular haunt for locals, though it prestigious offering means that others travel from far and wide for a little wine loving from the good people at Where’s Nick.
236 Marrickville Road, Marrickville
Earl’s Juke Joint: Beyond the striped awning, window signs and original Betta Meats lace curtains, sits a bar that celebrates the very best of the Deep South.
407 King Street, Newtown
Kittyhawk: Sydney’s CBD has stepped back in time with Kittyhawk, a unique bar from the Lobo Plantation team.
16 Phillip Lane, Sydney
The Lobo Plantation: Hidden in the basement of Clarence Street, Sydney’s rum experts will have you whisked away to the fun and excitement of the Caribbean.
209 Clarence Street, Sydney
Geronimo Aperitivo Bar: Geronimo showcases the very best of Tasmanian produce with a simple, modern European menu, executed to perfection.
186 Charles Street, Launceston
Preachers: How many bars in the middle of Hobart can say they have a bus as the central feature of their courtyard in which you can sit and enjoy cocktails and burgers? Preachers can.
5 Knopwood Street, Hobart
The IXL Long Bar (The Henry Jones): Set in the old-school Henry Jones Hotel, the IXL Long Bar boasts an extensive list of drinks for you to choose from and enjoy over a spot of locally inspired food.
25 Hunter Street, Hobart
Society Salamanca: Fine wine, bespoke gins and top-shelf whiskies crafted within Tasmania and a few from beyond have a home at this Hobart bar.
22 Montpelier Retreat, Battery Point
Pearl & Co: Gaze out over Hobart Harbour from Pearl & Co with fresh oysters before you and a specially curated house cocktail in hand.
Mures Building – Victoria Dock, Franklin Wharf, Hobart
Bar Wa Izakaya: It’s a classic pub with a Japanese twist – enjoy sashimi and an impressive list of Japanese sake in this funky Hobart space.
216 – 218 Elizabeth Street, Hobart
Henry Summer: This contemporary bar and restaurant is awash with greenery and cool, calm and collected vibe.
69 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge
Halford Bar: Halford Bar epitomises a fresh take on the old-school, being situated in the basement ‘Safe Room’ of the Titles Building, originally erected in 1897.
Hay Street and Cathedral Avenue, Perth
Petition Wine Bar: Wine is the star of the show at this up-market Perth bar. Think organic and biodynamic bottles from artisan producers, boutique wineries and some of the greats in the mix.
State Buildings – St Georges Terrace and Barrack Street, Perth
New Normal: Fresh produce and sustainable waste are the focuses of New Normal, creating a menu and drinks list that caters for everyone from vegans to vegetarians, dairy free, gluten free and beyond.
2/23 Railway Road, Subiaco
Shadow Wine Bar: Think timeless drinks and a knack for whipping up stellar European fare at this popular wine bar and restaurant.
214 William Street, Northbridge
Cobbler: If you’re looking for an old-world hideaway filled with whisky, go no further than Cobbler.
7 Browning Street, West End
The Cloakroom Bar: Every visit to The Cloakroom Bar will be different, as personalising the experience of each and every guest and drink is the aim of the game.
215 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane City
The Gresham: Transport yourself back to the 1800s at The Gresham Bar; set in the gorgeous heritage-listed NAB building dating back to 1808.
308 Queen Street, Brisbane City
Savile Row: Hailed as one of Brisbane’s best bars, Savile Row is every bit the classic cocktail and spirits bar, complete with a wall of rare bottles and dimly lit booths to sneak away to and enjoy.
667 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley
Maker: With frequently rotating menus, both for drinks and food, Maker is the kind of bar that you can visit time and time again and still be impressed.
9 Fish Lane, South Brisbane
Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall: Take a step back to the oil-world at this lavish saloon with all the bells and whistles – live music, chandeliers and deep red draping ceilings.
15 Caxton Street, Petrie Terrace
Super Whatnot: A cosy bar in the middle of the CBD, Super Whatnot manages to keep smiles on the faces of its patrons with interesting drinks, fun music and hearty American style bar snacks.
48 Burnett Lane, Brisbane City