If there’s one thing Sydney does well, it’s spoil us for choice with fantastic places to grab a drink. What this means is that us Sydney-siders have become quite discerning with our tastes and it takes something really special to impress us…

Here are some great venues that consistently deliver exceptional drinks (in no particular order) & are guaranteed to cool you down this Summer!

The Paddington Inn

The airy front bar is the perfect spot for an after work drink, before the game, or to party on through til 1am with live DJs from the Picnic DJ Crew on Friday and Saturday nights. Their menu specialises in Aperitifs, classic cocktails with a modern twist, and an interesting wine list by award-winning Sommelier, Matt Dunne. We recommend visiting on a sunny day and enjoying the fresh air.

169 Darlinghurst

Overlooking one of the city’s most eclectic neighbourhoods, 169 Darlinghurst is a typical cafe during the day but come 4pm it transforms into the perfect setting for a relaxing drink (or 5). They serve new twists on traditional cocktail favourites, using boutique distillers and seasonal spirits. The wine menu rotates and craft beers, served in large format bottles, serve as the perfect companion to food.


Catalina Rose Bay

Perched on Rose Bay (literally) & with mouth watering food & drink menus, Catalina never disappoints. Summer is the perfect season to perch yourself on the deck & enjoy a glass of wine, a cocktail or frosé. Each Sunday Catalina transforms into the ultimate afternoon destination, where Sydney-Siders can relax and enjoy a selection of summer-inspired cocktails, all to the sounds of Sydney’s top DJ’s.  .


Rabbit Hole

This CBD bar and restaurant takes the humble cocktail to a whole new level! Their selection of innovative creations leaves you spoilt for choice (and are guaranteed to get you a few Instagram likes too). The creative modern cocktails make use of textures to change the way you think about ‘drinking’. Think foams, alcoholic powders, spheres & jellies… Cocktails here aren’t just tasty, they’re also really fun.


The Butler

If you haven’t sipped on cocktails whilst gazing at the view from The Butler’s terrace then you aren’t doing Sydney summer right! With an extensive wine list, creatively named cocktails and carafes to keep your whole group hydrated, this is the perfect venue for a long lunch on a hot summer’s day.


What do all of these venues have in common other than their fantastic drink choices? They all accept Groupee payments which means that splitting the bill with friends is an absolute breeze. 

If you’re a first time user then you can take $5 off your share of the bill by entering promo code ‘GIMME5’ before paying!

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