The Best Bars in Potts Point
Sydney is home to an ever-changing vibrant and eclectic bar and pub scene; from hidden underground bars, your local round-the-corner pub to classy wineries, and everything in between. So whether you are in for a big blow-out or in the mood for a quiet afternoon cocktail, look no further for the best bars in Potts Point – all within an easy walking distance from our Potts Point properties or a short ride to our Randwick properties.
Covid-19 Update: It's best to make an online booking at these venues, as walk-ins are usually limited due to current number restrictions.
The Butler, 123 Victoria St, Potts Point
(4 min walk)
The Butler is an eclectic oasis at the heart of Potts Point. Regardless of whether you are enjoying a full meal or relaxing with a drink in hand, you have your pick of backdrops at The Butler; from the panoramic view of the Sydney skyline from the terrace, an enclosed forest-like outdoor garden dining area, to the foliage and greenery found around their colonial influenced structure of sandstone walls. Here, you can discover their exquisite Ibero-American influenced menu, paired with their extensive wine list and tasty cocktails.
Hours: Wednesday to Saturday midday - late: Sunday midday – 10pm
Contact: +61 2 8354 0742
Dulcie's, 44B Darlinghurst Rd, Kings Cross
(1.5 min walk)
Named after the 1930’s Sydney Queen of Bohemia, Dulcie Deamer, Dulcie’s is a must-visit if spirits are your drink of choice. Their drinks are all Australian made and each unique cocktail pays homage to Sydney’s legends and favourites (including the “Carousel Club”, inspired by our beloved pavlova). This venue has plenty to offer – with regular movie nights, art drawing class, cabaret shows and regular live music performances.
Sydney Lodges have teamed up with the fabulous crew at Dulcie’s Kings Cross to offer some Exclusive Guest Packages, tasting paddles and cocktail making classes so be sure to book in for them before you arrive.
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 5pm - late
Contact: +61 2 8591 1337
Potts Point Hotel and Sweethearts Rooftop Bar, 33 - 35 Darlinghurst Rd, Potts Point
(1 min walk)
Revamped from the former Sugarmill, the Potts Point Hotel is home to your classic pub and the popular Sweethearts Rooftop bar. Enjoy classic cocktails, share plates and your traditional grub at the ground-floor pub; fully equipped with high tables, a fully serviced dining room and your favourite TV sport channels.
Head on upstairs to Sweethearts Rooftop if a beach-club bar is more of your vibe. If the comfy settees and colourful umbrellas are not enough to brighten your mood, then their easy-drinking cocktails (that you can order by the jug), wine on tap and tasty sharing plates will be sure to do the trick. This rooftop bar is the place to kick back and enjoy drinks in the sun with great company.
The middle two floors hold regular comedy nights and live shows for a bit of fun and lively entertainment ( all covid-safe).
See bookings/website for details.
Hours: Potts Point Hotel - Open Daily from midday Sweethearts – Thursday to Saturday: 5pm to midnight
Contact: +61 2 9157 1957 OR +61 2 9368 7333
Bayswater Fine Wines, 77 Bayswater Rd, Rushcutters Bay
(5 min walk)
Bayswater Fine Wines is the go-to wine & liquor retail outlet for many locals, with remarkable interiors, customer-focused wine connoisseurs and an extensive range of bottles available for purchase. Their Fine Wine Room also offers special events, educational wine events and weekly tastings. Why not try their special Paint & Sip nights to extend your creative flair and admire the chandelier made out of 750 champagne glasses?!
Sydney Lodges has partnered with Bayswater Fine Wines to offer our guests unique wine tasting events, a guest discount card to use during their stay and the opportunity to attend in-store events at the discounted members’ pricing.
Ask our reception for your discount card at check-in. Read more here.
Recently they opened a second shop in Macleay St, Potts Point Providore who have a fantastic array of wine and deli goods, baguettes and pastries - a great place to stock up for a picnic, see our Local Deli's here
Hours: Monday to Thursday 10:30am – 8:30pm; Friday to Sunday 10am – 9pm
Contact: +61 2 9361 5063
House Bar & Bistrot, 62-64 Kellett St, Potts Point
(3 min walk)
Boasting homemade food and organic produce, step inside the cosy Victorian House that is House Bar and Bistrot. This idyllic space offers the perfect space to enjoy a cocktail, a glass of wine or even a hot cup of organic tea at their quaint dining areas, or perhaps on their lounge or by their clawfoot bathtub. Pair your drink with tasty sharing plates, all served on homemade sourdough baked goods. If you are after something more substantial, there is no looking past their homemade pasta (so authentically Italian) or their homemade sourdough pizza; all crafted from organic and seasonal produce.
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday Lunch (12pm-3pm) and Dinner (6pm-10pm)
Contact: +61 450 633 892
La Bomba, 35 Challis Ave, Potts Point
Indulge yourself in La Bomba’s delicious wines, while exploring their Spanish and Mediterranean inspired menu, from sunrise to sunset. This all-day eatery offers casual and alfresco style dining in the heart of Potts Point - which will be sure to entice your return, time after time. Perfect stop for a glass of wine of an afternoon, to make those dining decisions or next steps.
Hours: Tuesday to Wednesday 7:30am – 3pm; Thursday to Saturday 7:30am – 9:30pm; Sunday 7:30am – 4pm
Contact: +61 2 8063 0134
The Roosevelt, 32 Orwell St, Potts Point
(2.5 min walk)
The Roosevelt was re-open in 2012 and pays homage to the original Roosevelt, which first opened in 1943 and was the place to experience the glamour and class of New York and Las Vegas in Sydney. This venue will transport you to New York in the 1950s when long lunches were accompanied with martinis, long days ended with cocktail hour and whiskies were enjoyed long into the evenings. Soak in the ambience while you grab a quick drink or settle in for a long meal.
Hours: Tuesday to Thursday 4pm – Late; Friday 4pm – Midnight; Saturday 3pm - Midnight; Sunday 12:30pm - 10pm
Contact: +61 423 203 119
Dear Sainte Eloise, 29 Orwell St, Potts Point
(2 min walk)
Dear SainteEloise is a local wine bar in the back laneways of Potts Point, that pays homage to some excellent drops from around the globe, Europe, South America and including some beauties from Australia. Recently mentioned in the top 50 Wineslingers from Young Gun of Wine. They know their wines, from the nose to the palette and suggest which to drink with what to eat for an pairing of taste. They use produce from local well known butchers and farmers. Sit at a cosy table inside or outdoor on the terrace in Llankelly Place laneway. As they say "drop in for a glass and stay for a bottle!" This is what you might end up doing, but it'll be worth it.
Hours: Monday – Thursday 5pm till Midnight; Friday – Saturday Midday till Midnight; Sunday Midday till 10pm
Contact: +61 2 9326 9745
Jangling Jacks Bar & Grill, 175 Victoria St, Potts Point
(2.5 min walk)
If mood-lighting is what you are looking for, then look no further than Jangling Jacks. This New Orleans-inspired “dream bar” offers a relaxed vibe, a cocktail for every palate and an all-inclusive late-night menu. This gorgeous bar is surrounded by 1930s blues posters, where you can settle in at the high tables, lounge in the back booths or dine at the bar. Their cocktail menu will be sure to impress, but if you are spoilt for choice, then the bartenders seem to always have a few off-menu options to tickle your taste buds.
Hours: Open Daily from 4pm
Contact: +61 416 020 071
No bookings taken, walk-ins only
Kings Cross Hotel, 244 - 248 William St, Potts Point
(6 min walk)
The Kings Cross Hotel is a beloved institution and an enduring icon opposite the Coca Cola sign and Kings Cross' beloved landmark. Boasting six floors of diverse spaces, each with their own individual appeal, this venue encompasses it all; part neighbourhood local pub, independent theatre, rooftop bar, live music venue and complete with a dance floor. Safe to say, no matter what suits your mood or tastes, you will find a level that fits you and your party.
Sydney Lodges also partners with the KXT & the Bakehouse Theatre Company - the youngest of Sydney's fringe Theatre located on Level 2 of the Hotel, currently virtual but we hope they come back soon!
Hours: Monday to Thursday 10am – midnight; Friday and Saturday 10am – 1am; Sunday 12pm – midnight
Contact: +61 02 9331 9900
Urban Winery Sydney, The Entertainment Quarter, 116 Lang Rd, Moore Park
(From Potts Point 10 min drive or 45 min walk;
From Randwick 15 min on Sydney Light Railway Line)
Transport yourself to the vineyards of regional NSW at the Urban Winery Sydney and never leave the heart of the city. Discover and enjoy the full experience of a working winery that's a top destination for locals and tourists alike, looking to discover new wines or simply to enjoy a full wine tasting closeby with a great atmosphere. Learn about the aroma, structure, and palate of different wines from head winemaker Alex Retief.
Hours: Tuesday to Thursday 12pm – 8pm; Friday to Sunday 12pm - late
Contact: +61 2 8097 9978
The Old Fitzroy Hotel, 129 Dowling St, Woolloomooloo
Temporarily Closed due to Covid - hopefully not for long!
(10 min walk)
This beloved pub, known to regulars as the ‘Old Fitz’, has had many a rebirth. with an injection of new life to its charming 1860s establishment. Head chef, Nicholas Hill, serves up classic dishes and his take on the traditional English pub fare. Head on to the bar, where you are simply spoilt for choice, with 22 beer taps, a wine list that showcases an array of family-owned labels and classic twists on your favourite cocktails.
When you hear the clanging bells, head down to the theatre out back and wait for the performance to start - drink in hand. It's an intimate local atmosphere, however, they do have some wonderful productions.
Hours: Monday to Friday 11am – midnight; Saturday 12pm – midnight; Sunday 12pm – 10pm
Contact: +61 2 9356 3848
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