The winter chill is already blanketing Sydney, and you’ve probably already got summer plans in the works. However, don’t go into hibernation just yet. Wintertime in Sydney is the perfect excuse to snuggle up in one of the numerous intimate bars dotted around the city.
Grab a mulled wine and relax in front of the fire at these six cosy bars in Sydney to enjoy this winter.
1. Uncle Mings Bar, CBD
Step into old-world Shanghai at Uncle Mings in Sydney CBD. It’s deceivingly hidden from the roadside and you have to slink down a set of hidden stairs to the right of the Roman Daniels shirt shop to enter. However, once inside, you will find the best cocktails in Sydney. With their Asian-fusion menu and serious mood-lighting, Uncle Ming’s is the perfect winter hideaway. Spending the entire season here sampling their delicious cocktails and dumplings wouldn’t be the worst idea.
2. In Situ, Manly
A Northern Beaches haunt and home of comfort in a glass: The Apple Crumble Martini. During the day, In Situ looks like a typical beachside bar. However, as the evening rolls in, the mood lighting inside creates a homely feeling. In Situ has acoustic musicians on every night, so you can snuggle up with a cocktail and drink in the atmosphere no matter what day.
3. The Glebe Hotel, Glebe
Formerly known as the Australian Youth Hotel, and know for its Aus-British inspired menu, The Glebe Hotel is the perfect bar to wrap up. Clocking in at over 150 years old and complete with original grand fireplaces, The Glebe Hotel packs in a serious amount of charm. Either sit in the public bar or settle down into one of the comfy leather sofas. Here, you can sip on Sydney’s most gorgeous mulled wine and wait for the winter to pass.
4. The Foxtrot, Crows Nest
The Foxtrot is one of the city’s most unique cosy bars. Located on Flacon Street in North Sydney, here you’ll find an indoor courtyard, cosy leather sofas and a comforting drinks menu. Head to the carpeted living room to kick up your feet by the fire and sample some of their impressive craft beer menus. Perfect for those grey winter days.
5. Grandmas, CBD
Another one to add to Sydney’s eclectic mix of basement bars. At Grandmas, prepare yourself for unique decor and a cosy atmosphere. Described as a “retrosexual haven of cosmopolitan kitsch and faded granny glamour”, at Grandmas you can expect to be treated as if you were at your actual grandma’s. Kick back on a candlelit sofa and enjoy treats like jaffles and the sweetest cocktails in Sydney. A fabulous winter hideaway.
6. The Duke Of Clarence, Sydney
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The Duke of Clarence is a British-style pub, taking influence from British aristocracy and architecture. With the huge bookcases and ornate fireplaces, you’ll be forgiven for thinking you’ve been transported back to 19th century Britain. The Duke of Clarence is the perfect winter-escape where you’ll feel a world away from the busy Sydney streets. Head in on a Sunday for the popular roast dinner or order from their British inspired menu. For a truly British feel, try the Curry “Half and Half” (half chips, half rice) and a pint of ale. You may find yourself spending the whole winter sampling their menu (which doesn’t sound like a bad idea to me).