Sip in style at these sophisticated Surry Hills bars
Today, Surry Hills provides one of the most sophisticated spots to grab a drink in Sydney. This leafy suburb is home to an abundance of laneway bars, rooftop terraces, chic corner wine bars and thriving Crown Street haunts. This is our round-up of some of the best and most sophisticated Surry Hills bars.
Cosy neighbourhood bar, Dead Ringer, is a hot favourite amongst locals. The bar's wine list is exclusively Australian, with whites, red, rosé and orange wines from small boutique producers around the country. Cocktail inclined? Dead Ringer offers an array of imaginative rum, gin and whiskey-infused cocktails, with a Martini Club happy hour hosted each day.
But Dead Ringer isn't all drinks. The Surry Hills bar's food menu is designed to be shared with a selection of small and large plates—Merimbula Sydney rock oysters, hot-smoked salmon croquettes or moules marinieres with toasted sourdough to start, and house-made gnocchi, crispy skin pork belly or 12hr slow-roasted lamb shoulder for mains.
Nestled beside boutique hotel, Crystalbrook Albion, and a century-old church is Tel Aviv-inspired Shaffa. With the atmosphere of a Middle Eastern marketplace, Shaffa provides an intimate terrace setting sheltered under a 10-metre high glass roof.
This Surry Hills bar and restaurant offer classic and Shaffa original cocktails with a hint of the Middle East, featuring Charred Negronis with cardamom, coriander seeds & burnt grapefruit infused gin and Shoshana Margs with arak, Cointreau, rose and sage syrup and a twist of lime. On the menu is a feast of sophisticated Israeli street food, from burnt eggplant labneh to classic lamb kofta and chicken shawarma.
Mille Vini, meaning a thousand wines in Italian, is home to an extensive wine selection with a focus on local producers with Italian varieties and new emerging Italian wines. The drinks menu will entice not only wine lovers with a variety of classic cocktails created using seasonal ingredients.
Located on Crown Street in a building that dates back to the 1800s, Mille Vini has had a recent refurbishment, providing a sophisticated setting to sip wine while tucking in a selection of authentic Italian food. On the menu, you’ll find Crostini Stracciatella, 24 months Prosciutto San Daniele with melon and burrata, Lemon Linguine, Ricotta Tortelli with delicious beef and pork bolognese ragù.
Bringing a sophisticated taste of Japanese culture is Tokyo Bird. This small Surry Hills bar, located on Belmore Lane, is one of the suburb’s best-kept secrets, providing the perfect date or after-work cocktail spot.
Tokyo Bird serves up a selection of whiskies, beers, sake and ciders, with a refined cocktail list with a twist, think Yuzu Spritzes and Japanese Negronis infused with orange plum wine. On the menu, you’ll find lotus root chips, tuna tartare, scallop gazpacho, gyoza and traditional yakitori—delicious chicken skewers, grilled Japanese style—and Kushiyaki featuring skewered pork belly, miso cured salmon and wagyu beef.
The Winery, located beside bustling Crown Street, is known as one of the best bars in Surry Hills. An urban wine bar with a spacious terrace adorned with romantic fairy lights, The Winery is the ideal spot for an afternoon rosé in the sun, a celebratory bottle of bubbles with friends or a smooth shiraz over dinner.
The bar’s extensive wine list features over 30 meticulously selected wines from Australia, France, Italy and Argentina, all served by the glass. On the Winery’s euro-inspired menu you will find delights, including grilled tiger prawns, potato gnocchi and wagyu beef burger with indulgent truffled steak fries.
Where to Stay in Surry Hills
End your sophisticated crawl of Surry Hills bars at Crystalbrook Albion, a convent-turned-boutique hotel with a prime location on Little Albion Street. The hotel offers luxury accommodation with one-of-a-kind rooms and suites, and elegant amenities including the hotel’s Honour Bar featuring a custom-made drinks cabinet filled with top-shelf beverages and sweet and savoury bites, best enjoyed at the bar or the sunken lounge.
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