4 Cool Small Bars To Visit in 2023

Looking for some cool, trendy and small bars to visit this side of the country? Head to these 4 character-filled watering holes that are scattered throughout Sydney’s bar scene and enjoy what Sydney by night has to offer.

Love, Tilly Devine

Opened by Matt Swieboda and Nathanial Hatwell more than 10 years ago, this small pub that is hidden away in Darlinghurst Lane quickly became the voice of Australia’s burgeoning natural wine scene, showcasing the country’s young, up-and-coming producers. It has stayed true to that vision until today. Like other small bars, it has a cosy, laid-back ambience, but it also has a touch of refinement that’s why intoxication is discouraged. If you speak wine and want to impress your girl, this is the place to go since they offer more than 300 varieties!!

Address: 91 Crown Lane, Darlinghurst

Cantina OK!

This list wouldn’t be convincing if we don’t include the smallest bar in the city. This self-described Micro Mezcal Mecca is so small, it is just the sized of a car space! But don’t be deceived by the size, its shelves are stocked with hand-sourced, hand-imported, handmade agave spirits. Its world-famous margaritas and cocktails are served with hand-shaved ice and hand-pressed limes. Definitely, A-OK! Head on over and try their variety of special cocktails!

Address: Council Place, Sydney

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Fortunate Son

This tiny bar, across from the buzz of the Enmore Theatre, blends a throwback Americana vibe with some of Sydney’s best-balanced beverages. Choose from tried-and-true classics like mint juleps to sophisticated cocktail variations. One of our favourite tiny bars in Sydney, with cold drinks, friendly service, and close proximity to some of King Street’s finest eateries.

Address: 105 Enmore Road, Newtown

The Cumberland

Hidden behind a fridge door in the laneways of Manly, The Cumberland is an underground speakeasy with a Spanish twist. Named after the Parish of Manly Cove in the County of Cumberland, the name is a nod to the history of the area on which the venue stands. This 75-seater venue serves a selection of over 250 whiskies, natural wine, craft beer and an extensive themed cocktail menu including prohibition classics, tipples inspired by original counties from Sydney and surrounds as well as a section dedicated to ingredients that have been locally foraged and found.

Adress: 17-19 Central Avenue, Manly