Sydney’s Surry Hills epitomises vibrant suburban culture, lining the inner city streets with some of the best bars and pubs in the 2010 postcode.
Fusing a warm local touch with the contemporary edge of the bustling city, you can enjoy a midweek craft brew, dynamic wine, or weekend cocktail in style.
These top picks will have you running to the (Surry) hills!
412 Crown St, Surry Hills
The Dolphin Hotel blessed us with a newly revamped public bar in 2016, and is a Surry Hills staple with a modern twist. Complete with a bright open-air terrace and an all-encompassing monochromatic theme, the Dolphin bar produces sophisticated drinks with a variety of beer, wine, spritzes and Australian specials.
Spacious and boldly fitted with artistic canvas seating, enjoy drinks and Italian snacks from a generous menu of either ‘pizza’ or ‘not pizza’, what more could you want?!
413 Bourke St, Surry Hills
Outdoor tables, sporadic pot plants and clean surfaces invite a warm atmosphere to suit an afternoon sipping on imaginative cocktails, wine, or an all-Australian selection of beer and cider.
Whether you prefer the punchy taste of a ‘Yuzu Breezer’ (rum, yuzu and grapefruit) or need a cold-drip coffee and tequila mix to pick you up after work, The Dead Ringer’s got you covered.
Commonwealth St & Belmore Ln
Nestled away in Surry Hills’ Belmore lane sits the little Tokyo Bird. A modest exterior leaving much to be discovered, this Japanese bar specialises in Japanese whisky and yakitori-chicken, pork belly and tiger prawns grilled and served on skewers.
Glass windows span the exposed brick walls while a plentiful selection of drinks deck the bar, making it a popular place for a carefully crafted cocktail and a taste of Japanese culture.
557 Crown St, Surry Hills
Located on the ever-fashionable Crown Street, Mr Fox is a cocktail and tapas bar with an irresistible Happy Hour (5-7pm) including $12 cocktails and $5 house wines and beers. Fairy lights, menus decorated with illustrated children’s drawings and funky beats inject an air of effervescence to this busy bar.
With ample bar seating, tables and lounges, Mr Fox has room enough for you, and a drink or two.
65 Foveaux St, Surry Hills
If you find your way to the unmarked door on Foveaux St, you’ve made it to one of Surry Hills secret gems.
This unassuming pirate-themed bar draws an after-work crowd for its killer cocktails and is always alive and bustling on a Saturday night.
Rich, dark timber furnishings and frosted glass lamps set the ambience, while food and drinks are served in the form of free pistachios and tasty bar snacks, and the house rum brought to you in large wooden barrels.
By Valentina Griesheimer