Fathom Favorites : Sydney Bars + Cafes

1. The Grounds of Alexandria

The Grounds of Alexandria

Located in a sprawling 1920s former industrial precinct, this Sydney institution has four dining spaces – The Cafe, The Potting Shed, The Garden, and Bakery & Patisserie. Describing the decor as "aged nursery," expect exposed brick and copious greenery in all the indoor and outdoor spaces, as well arguably the best brunch in the city (and that's saying something in this breakfast-obsessed town). 

7a/2 Huntley St,
Alexandria NSW 2015

2. Cuppa Flower

Cuppa Flower

This rustic-industrial space houses a combination florist and cafe and guarantees the most 'grammable breakfast of any Australian trip. Both Sydney locations are famed for their all-day breakfast offerings, but the cafe in the up-and-coming design neighborhood Waterloo offers a more extensive menu. Fresh and healthy options mean you won't feel as guilty when you can't say no to a post-breakie pastry. 

1/15 Allen St
Waterloo NSW 2017

3. The Lord Dudley Hotel

The Lord Dudley Hotel

A Sydney institution and one of the only bars in the city that allows drinking on the sidewalk. It’s a beautiful old English pub with a maze of rooms, charming staircases, leather lounges, and, in winter, an open fire. Go for an early drink, and you may chance upon the free barbequed sausages they serve in the afternoon.

236 Jersey Rd.
Sydney, NSW, 2025

4. The Winery

The Winery

The kitschy wine bar and restaurant with a buzzy scene, an Elvis shrine, and a leafy terrace is the ideal spot to set up shop for a few hours and down more than a few jugs of sangria.

285A Crown St.
Surry Hills, NSW 2010

5. Palmer & Co

Palmer & Co

Make your way underground to what feels like a hush-hush 1920s hideaway. The wait staff are dressed accordingly (think suspenders and flapper dresses), and the 46-page menu features a section of specialty drinks from the prohibition era. With a 5 a.m. liquor license, it’ll be quite some time before you re-emerge.

Abercrombie Lane
Sydney, NSW 2000

6. The Baxter Inn

The Baxter Inn

Hip saloon located down an unmarked side street. Their specialty is whisky – and, boy, do they have a lot of it. With nearly 500 on offer, it’s best to inquire with the knowledgeable bartenders.

152-156 Clarence St.
Sydney, NSW 2000

7. Opera Bar

Opera Bar

Bar and restaurant located on the lower level of the Opera House, where you can tipple pre-show cocktails or a custom brew. Excellent live music performances every night from 8:30 p.m. onwards.

Macquarie St, Sydney
NSW 2000