Ash St Cellar: Review by Rebecca Wicks (March 2011). In a laneway just off George Street Sydney CBD next to Ivy, Ash St. Cellar could get away with acting snooty. But the wine list is affordable, carafes start at $30 and the mood is unpretentious. The outdoor tables are the score. Ash St. Cellar, Sydney, +61 (2) 9240 3000 Specialty: carafes of wine from AU $30
Blu Bar on 36 The Rocks: Level 36, Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney CBD. This exclusive cocktail lounge is located high above the city, allowing diners to enjoy breathtaking views of Darling Harbour, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. Cocktails AU $20.
Opera Bar: One of the best places to people watch and take in a cocktail under the stars and Syd harbour by night. The cocktail list is a carnival of concoctions that will leave you spoilt for choice. Sample the signature Dirty Carpet Disco or Opera White Tea.With it's 'open door' policy Opera Bar is popular with groups for private celebrations and after work gatherings. It's the perfect destination for any kind of drink, anytime. Cocktails average AU $17. Call +61 2 9247 1566.
Grandma's Bar: Review by Rebecca Wicks (March 2011) There are no signs pointing the way to this basement boozer, but any bar that leads you downstairs via a carpet of Astroturf is worth the search.Grandma’s Bar is a retro-sexual haven of cosmopolitan kitsch and faded granny glamour.”Beers are few, but cocktails plenty. The Hemingway Daiquiri is a specialty. Basement 275, Clarence St., Sydney, 2000; tel +61 (0)2 9264 3004 Specialties: Hemingway Daiquiri, Raspberry Moscow Mule (from AU $20)
The Basement: 7 Macquarie PLace, Circular Quay Sydney CBD. The Basement Nightclub is located just up the road from Circular Quay, unlike other bars in the vicinity it is missing the inflated price on drinks. Beers and house spirits are in the vicinity of AU $6-$10. P: 02 9251 2797