If you’re in Sydney for a business trip or working in the city’s CBD, there is no shortage of venues for work drinks. Sydney presents a range of stylish bars and intimate settings that are a little more upmarket and catered toward professionals. The Sydney CBD is the epicentre of the city, housing the largest concentration of businesses and workers in the Greater Sydney district. Because of this, the bar scene is very diverse and offers something for absolutely anyone. From bespoke drinks to craft beers and specialty cocktails, the following is a list of the best Sydney CBD bars for business drinks.
The Opera Bar offers up million-dollar views and an impressive drinks list. Situated on the lower Concourse level of the Sydney Opera House, The Opera Bar is a spectacular setting for any group meeting or after-work drinks hot-spot. Thanks to celebrity chef Matt Moran, the bar offers an all-day menu of fresh and innovative produce including seafood, pizza and cheeses. But the drinks here are what makes this place special. The Opera Bar is renowned for its cocktails including ‘The Coffee Rum’ which features sailor jerry spiced rum, macadamia, caramel, chocolate bitters and espresso.
Another quality bar curated by Matt Moran, The Smoke Bar is an elegant rooftop bar on the top level of Barangaroo House. The bar, which was awarded ‘Best New Bar’ at the 2018 Time Out Bar Awards, offers panoramic views of the harbour and a stylish cocktail lounge offering up classic, contemporary and luxury spirits. A stand-out is the Sake Martini or the iconic ‘Old Fashioned’ – a cocktail made from 20-year old Bourbon. There’s a bar menu to complement drinks, with delicious snacks including their famous sea urchin and orange jam toastie.
On the corner of Grosvenor Street and George Street in the Sydney CBD, The Morrison is an established bar serving up old and new favourites alongside its Oyster Room venue. The oyster and ale house are perfect for groups, and bookings are not essential. Business groups can make use of the 12-plus group a ‘la carte menu. Craft beers and cocktails are The Morrison’s specialty, with the classics (Moscow Mule) and contemporary (Queen of the Highway – a combination of chilli, ginger, and Don Julio tequila with spiced rum) being among the crowd favorites here.
Establishment is a sophisticated space located on George Street. This white marbled bar is made for shaking off the working week with drinks, or as an elegant space to meet and collaborate with workmates. All CBD workers can enjoy $6 beers as well as a sophisticated wine list featuring wines from around the world. The Establishment complements its bar with a Snack Menu including spiced salmon ceviche, grain-fed black Angus double cheeseburgers and an Antipasti plate.
KITTYHAWK is a popular Sydney CBD cocktail bar specialising in exceptional bespoke drinks. The drink list is huge, featuring cocktails, wines, beers, ales and spirits. Old fashioned Rum & Rye, cognacs, sherry’s, gin and tequila are just the tip of the comprehensive list of drinks on offer. For business groups of 16 and under, you can book a table online via their website. The lounge area offers full table service, so you won’t have to leave your seat to order food and drinks.
Hidden behind a faux seamstress on York Street, and down a grand staircase is the basement gem of Stitch Bar. The vintage-style bar serves cocktails and American diner food. The cocktails take their names from American-inspired themes and include the ‘Louisville Slugger’ (a chocolate washed Maker’s Mark, Cointreau, lemongrass syrup, orange and lemon juice and bitters) as well as vatted cocktails comprised of single malt whiskeys mixed with other spirits.
This after-work hot spot is a garden oasis in the centre of the city. The Verandah’s selling point is the outdoor fresco area boasting a jungle vibe with lush greenery, tropical prints and dark timber floors and finishings. Known for its decadent cocktails, The Verandah provides a Social Drinks menu complete with creative mix’s like the ‘TillyWills Martini’ (Tanqueray, elderflower, passionfruit and mint) alongside a Social After Dark menu and a Verandah Bar Food menu with delicious bites to eat including tapas, burgers and pizza.
Supper Club located at the InterContinental is a cut above the rest. The bar overlooks the entire city as its situated on a rooftop with panoramic views of the Sydney CBD out to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The venue is perfect for after-work drinks or private functions, providing private booths with their own balcony access. Supper Club is renowned for its 27 champagnes on menu and its cocktail list inspired by local produce and flora.
Another rooftop bar that provides magnificent views and exquisite luxury, Zephyr is located at the Hyatt Regency and provides an exclusive venue for business drinks in the Sydney CBD. The indoor/outdoor bar provides plush seating and uninterrupted views of Darling Harbour. The cocktail list is top of the range, with classic and contemporary concoctions developed by international mixologist Grant Collins. Vermouth-inspired cocktails, rum sourced from around the world and a private oasis with the best views in town, Zephyr is a must-visit.
Right on Darling Harbour, The Port offers a coastal chic vibe with raw timber surfaces, shades of sea blues and lush greenery. Business drinks are all organised within one of their indoor or outdoor cabanas for larger groups, or if you are in need of a more intimate meeting space, opt for your own private pod or dining space. The drink menu includes 11 cocktails, 28 wines, and 20 beers on tap. Add some play into your work meet-up by ordering a ‘Cocktail Jug’ for the table. Our choice? The classic Pimms Jug with Pimms, lemonade and Summer fruit.
In Sydney you are spoilt for choice when it comes to bars and venues for after-work drinks or meetings. The Sydney CBD is home to many of the best bars in town, and are worker-friendly, with no need to change out of your suit and tie. These places are sophisticated and relaxing, with an abundant list of drinks on offer. Each venue provides something unique, whether it’s panoramic views of the city or specialty liquor and food menu items. What makes Sydney’s CBD bar scene superior is that each venue is based around the every-day business man or woman, therefore personalizing the experience to accommodate those coming to and from work or who are on the go and need a plush place to sit and tackle the tasks of the day with a refreshing drink on hand.