The Rover Bar and Restaurant

The Rover is a bar and restaurant (formerly The Wild Rover) located in the belly of Surry Hills, Sydney and has returned with the charm of the old and one of Sydney’s best “if you know, you know” whisky bars.

The dining area has been expanded allowing diners to enjoy dinner and drinks that include a choice of over 60 wines list packed with organic and bio-dynamic drops, cocktails and of course a good selection of whiskeys. Sit up at Rover’s dimly-lit copper bar and order a cocktail and a plate of freshly shucked Sydney rock oysters or take a seat for dinner and settle in for a few hours of good food and drinks.

Restaurant (Upstairs)

The Seafood Bistro upstairs boasts a cold seafood display with oysters shucked to order, a daily rotation of crustaceans and more. Diners in search of a heartier meal can opt for Grouper with Pil Pil and sauce Vierge or whole flathead served with garlic and clams.

Bar (Ground Floor)

As you approach the green front door of The Rover, a muted echo of boisterous banter spill out onto the street. Drop in for seasonal cocktails, biodynamic wine, freshly shucked oysters and warm service.

Their bar and restaurant serving seasonal cocktails, quaffable wine and a seafood-driven food menu featuring a selection of freshly shucked oysters.


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Cocktails are by award-winning bartender Alex Gondzioulis. Classics are well-executed, and the signatures – such as the Mary Celeste, with gin, sherry, dill, watermelon and olive oil – are a lot of fun. Gondzioulis is the former bar manager of the dearly departed Bulletin Place, and it’s nice to see that legend’s legacy living on.


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The Rover is the best bar for a casual tipple or for a night out with drinks, dinner combined with great atmosphere. Fans will notice the new welcoming entrance, with clear front windows (that were once blacked out) offering a ray of sunshine into the new space and aligning with sister venues Bistecca and The Gidley.

In keeping with The Wild Rover’s jovial welcoming reputation, The Rover won’t be taking reservations upon opening and now has extended hours opening from 4 pm Tuesday to Thursday and offering lunch from 12 pm Friday & Saturday.

More details on the new venue can be found via the link below.

75 Campbell St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia
Phone: (02) 9000 7544

Opening hours:

Sunday            –   Closed
Monday           –   Closed
Tuesday           –   4:00pm – 12:00am
Wednesday   –   4:00pm – 12:00am
Thursday         –   4:00pm – 12:00am
Friday                –   12:00pm – 12:00am
Saturday          –   12:00pm – 12:00am