10 of the best cosy, small bars in Sydney

When it’s cold outside, the best place to go out and grab a drink is a small, cosy bar.

It’s the perfect place to nab a comfy spot on a couch with a wine, cocktail, or even a warm, spiced cider.

Here are 10 of the best small, cozy bars in Sydney.

The Hold, Manly

Captain Jack Sparrow wouldn’t look out of place at this pirate themed bar, where the interior is shaped like the inside of a tall ship. Gourmet burgers are on the menu for meat-eaters and vegans alike.

They have a mulled cider on special for $10 during winter.

Shop 4, Sydney Road Plaza
Manly NSW 2095
02 9977 2009

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A large section on the wine list of this 40-seater bar is dedicated to orange wines — white wine’s lesser-known, more complex younger sister — which is made by leaving the white grape skins in contact with the pressed juice, adding complexity and a different aroma.

Try a glass of the Borachio 2016 “Hen’s Teeth” from the Adelaide Hills, in South Australia.

91 Crown St
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
02 9326 9297

Grandma’s Bar, CBD

Describing itself as a “retro-sexual haven of cosmopolitan kitsch and faded granny glamour”, Grandma’s Bar serves up a range of “classy” jaffles, and exotic concoctions like the “peanut butter colada”, with golden rum blended with coconut cream, homemade roasted pineapple puree, fresh pineapple and peanut butter.

275 Clarence St
Sydney NSW 2000
02 264 3004

Eau De Vie, Darlinghurst

It’s dimly lit, intimate, and has a killer cocktail list. Head there on a Wednesday to catch their “Whisky & Cheese Wednesdays” where you can get five cheeses paired with five whiskies to match for $40.

229 Darlinghurst Rd
Sydney NSW 2010
02 8646 4930

Door Knock, CBD

Bar snacks like the bao buns and mac and cheese croquettes go surprisingly well with a glass of a fortified wine, of which there are many on the menu at this hidden bar.

To get in, head down the stairs, turn right and knock at the door.

Basement 2, 70 Pitt St
Sydney NSW 2000
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Stitch Bar, CBD

If you hit what looks like a seamstresses shop front, you’re in the right place. Head down the stairs and grab a booth. American diner food is the go here, with gourmet hotdogs, burgers and wings on the menu. They also have lighter options like the tuna poke bowl, corn riblets, and a zucchini and parmesan salad.

61 York St
Sydney NSW 2000
02 9279 0380

PS40, CBD

PS40 makes and bottles its own all-natural soda in-house. Try ones like smoked lemonade, wattle cola and blackstrap ginger in a cocktail.

The quirky interior makes you feel like you’re in a monochromatic game of Pacman.

2/40 King St
Sydney NSW 2000
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The back-bar at Frankie’s, CBD

You’ll probably know Frankie’s and their great pizza menu, but what you might not know is they have a hidden, secret bar down the fire escape at the back, to the right of the stage. It used to be only for the musicians during breaks in their sets, and staff drinks after closing time but is now open to the public.

There are only three booths down there, so get in early.

50 Hunter Street
Sydney NSW 2000
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Small Bar, Crows Nest

Come for the fairy light-strung courtyard, stay for the sticky and cheese pairing platter for $59, which gets you three cheeses and a bottle of the 2014 The Yard botrytis reisling from the Frankland River in Western Australia.

85 Willoughby Rd
Crows Nest NSW 2065
02 8084 5118

Uncle Ming’s, CBD

Like Stitch bar, Uncle Ming’s has a deceiving store front. Upon arriving at 55 York, head down the stairs to the right of the Roman Daniels shirt shop.

It’s so moodily lit you might get lost on the way to the bathrooms. However, the dumplings and Asian-inspired cocktails are worth it.

Lower ground, 49 York St
Sydney NSW 2000
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