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Best Cocktail Bars in Sydney

Are you planning a party to kick-start the new year? If you are looking to celebrate the beginning of 2023 in style, check out some of our favourite cocktail bars that can be found around Sydney.

1. Zeta Bar, Exclusive Hire

Brimming with style and character, The Zeta Bar is located in the prominent Hilton Sydney. This groovy bar offers an exclusive terrace escape in the heart of Sydney’s CBD. At Zeta Bar, your guests can escape the city’s hustle and bustle whilst sampling exquisite cocktails made by the Zeta mixologists.

  • Venue: Zeta Bar
  • Address: Level 4/488 George St, Sydney NSW 2000
  • Capacity: 400
  • Event Type: Private parties, Private dining, Wedding, Networking venues, Meeting workshop, Team away days

2. The Winery, Exclusive Hire

The Winery is a quirky wonderful urban wine bar with a leafy laneway and terrace for enjoying the sunshine on a Summer afternoon. With ample space and a relaxed atmosphere, The Winery is the ideal venue for your laidback summer event.

  • Venue: The Winery
  • Address: 285A Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
  • Capacity: 400
  • Event Type: Private parties, Wedding, Networking venues, Team away days

3. Pappy’s Bar, Exclusive Hire

Pappy’s Bar is a cool and intimate small bar located on Erskine Street in Sydney’s CBD. Established in 2021, this bar truly embraces a new level of hospitality. With mesmerising interiors across three levels, guests can explore the vibrant venue as they socialise and enjoy a selection of craft beer and wines.

  • Venue: Pappy’s Bar
  • Address: 48 Erskine St, Sydney NSW 2000
  • Capacity: 105
  • Event Type: Private parties, Private dining, Networking venues, Team away days

4. Pumphouse Bar & Restaurant, Exclusive Hire

Pumphouse Bar & Restaurant boasts an industrial design with high-end finishes, from statement lampshades overhanging the bar which features the work of Australian artist Lance Corlett to the stunning timber bar and intimate wine room. With a menu inspired by seasonal produce, this Australiana venue is sure to impress all!

  • Venue: Pumphouse Bar & Restaurant
  • Address: 17 Little Pier St, Darling Harbour NSW 2000
  • Capacity: 418
  • Event Type: Private parties, Private dining, Wedding, Networking venues

5. Helm Bar & Bistro, Exclusive Hire

With Sydney’s world-class harbour at its doorstep, Helm Bar & Bistro is the ultimate Summer location to enjoy an afternoon beverage. Guests on the upper deck can enjoy uninterrupted water views of beautiful Darling Harbour whilst other areas provide a mixture of booths and casual tables perfect for socialising with a big group.

  • Venue: Helm Bar & Bistro
  • Address: Aquarium Wharf, 7 Wheat Rd, Sydney NSW 2000
  • Capacity: 400
  • Event Type: Private parties, Private dining, Networking venues

6. Rose of Australia, Level 1

Rose of Australia is located in Sydney’s inner-west and is injected with a cool contemporary feel across a variety of unique spaces. With plenty of natural light and a variety of seating options, your guests can spread out and have fun. Level 1 consists of the Terrace, Howards Bar, Cantina and the Semi-Private Dining Room.

  • Venue: Rose of Australia
  • Address: 1 Swanson St, Erskineville NSW 2043
  • Capacity: 150
  • Event Type: Private parties, Private dining, Wedding, Networking venues

7. Maloney’s Hotel, Lounge

Maloney’s Hotel is located in Sydney’s CBD district, a central location for your after-work event, with all the fun of a traditional Irish pub. The Lounge area is an exclusive area separated by bollards, however, is still positioned amongst the action of the pub. The hotel offers a variety of fantastic and reasonably priced catering options.

  • Venue: Maloney’s Hotel
  • Address: 81 Goulburn St, Haymarket NSW 2000
  • Capacity: 60
  • Event Type: Private parties, Private dining, Networking venues

8. The Langham Hotel, Observatory Bar

Paying homage to nearby Observatory Hill, The Langham Sydney’s cocktail lounge offers an ideal location for an indulgent and extravagant evening. With stunning interiors, gastronomic hand-crafted cocktails, and exquisite food, the Observatory Bar is a haven you will never want to leave.

  • Venue: The Langham Hotel
  • Address: 89-113 Kent St, Millers Point NSW 2000
  • Capacity: 26
  • Event Type: Private parties, Networking venues

9. Kittyhawk, The Conservatory

Kittyhawk is a French restaurant and cocktail bar located in Sydney’s CBD. When your guests arrive at Kittyhawk you can expect to be greeted with an inviting atmosphere, amazing food, a stand-out wine list and cocktails. The Conservatory is a semi-private spot positioned underneath windows that can be opened to allow in the breeze and sun’s rays.

  • Venue: Kittyhawk
  • Address: 16 Phillip Ln, Sydney NSW 2000
  • Capacity: 100
  • Event Type: Private parties, Private dining, Wedding, Networking venues

10. Hickson House Distilling Co., High & Dry Bar

Make Hickson House your home for an enjoyable night! Hickson House is the home of an award-winning craft distillery, cocktail bar and restaurant in the heart of Sydney. Their impressive main bar features an 8-metre high back bar with imported European furniture and decadent chandeliers, giving the venue a timeless and magical atmosphere.

  • Venue: Hickson House Distilling Co.
  • Address: 6 Hickson Rd, Dawes Point NSW 2000
  • Capacity: 38
  • Event Type: Private parties, Private dining, Networking venues

When it comes to finding the best cocktail bar, Sydney bookers can trust HeadBox to help find the perfect space for a memorable event. So let’s get started – contact the HeadBox team today!


1. Who can use HeadBox?

Anyone! Whether you’re a corporate booker looking for a private dining room, meeting room, Christmas or EOFY party venue or you’re a social booker looking for the perfect spot to host your birthday party, hens night or wedding – HeadBox has you covered.

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5. What are the top 5 things to consider when choosing a venue?

The cost, the location, style, capacity & catering options.