Darlinghurst Bars & Pubs

Our detailed guide to the best Darlinghurst Bars and pubs is your key to discovering the happening nightlife scene in one of Sydney's trendiest suburbs. Nestled in the heart of the city, Darlinghurst offers a diverse selection of food and drink venues - each offering a unique charm and style that attracts people in droves. So why not take the opportunity to explore some of the local favourite venues, craft cocktails and lively atmospheres that define this vibrant social hub? We are sure you won't regret it!

Bitter Phew

Bringing together residents of Darlinghurst and Surry Hills, Bitter Phew is a relaxed, convivial bar known for its craft beer and characterful exposed wooden beams. The 12 craft beer taps rotate, meaning there is always something new to try. The venue also offers hundreds of bottled beers from around the world and an excellent food menu.

1/137 Oxford St Darlinghurst 2011

Burdekin Hotel

The Burdekin Hotel is an institution in Darlinghurst for those wanting to let their hair down. Set within a stylish heritage-listed venue, this vibrant, multi-level venue comprises several chic-retro bars, DJs, live music, and dining spaces. Classic pub dishes are served from a restaurant-style kitchen, while the seasonal cocktail menu is very inventive.

2 Oxford St Darlinghurst 2011


Ching-a-Lings is a Manhattan-style loft bar with a fantastic rooftop deck that is a go-to destination for the hip and trendy crowd on Oxford Street. Hosting some of Sydney's best underground DJs, this venue has banged hip-hop, house, funk, soul & disco tunes since 2009. Cocktails, beers, superb pizzas and comfy couches add to a great night out.

Level 1/133 Oxford St Darlinghurst 2011

Courthouse Hotel

The Courthouse Hotel is renowned for its excellent range of tap beer, extensive wine list and outstanding pub grub. Situated in Taylor Square, just a 5-minute Uber ride from the CBD, the two-level venue features a bar downstairs and the Judgement Bar and Bistro upstairs. The latter serves tasty classics like cheeseburgers & steaks.

189 Oxford St Darlinghurst 2011

Darlo Bar

There is much to love about the Darlo Bar. For a start, it is dog-friendly, which is always a bonus. It also has a fantastic rooftop bar and several cocktail bars which serve a terrific range of inventive options (blueberry lychee spritz anyone?). Throw in live music and a bottle shop and you have all the ingredients of the perfect venue for locals to enjoy.

306 Liverpool St Darlinghurst 2011

East Village Hotel

It's fair to say that the East Village Hotel is a total entertainment venue. This vibrant pub sprawls across three levels and features several bars - including a sports bar - and a superb roof terrace (with a retractable roof) that offers terrific views of the Sydney skyline. It also has in-house DJs and a bistro that plates up classic and classy bar meals.

234 Palmer St Darlinghurst 2011

Hyde Park House Hotel

There is no place quite like the Hyde Park House Hotel. This superb four-level venue has something for everyone. At the very top, Slim's rooftop is a terrific place for a meal and drinks, while Jessie's cocktails on level 1 is one of the best cocktail bars in the city. The venue also has a public bar, club lounge and fabulous bistro renowned for its pizzas.

47-49 William St Darlinghurst 2011

Kinselas Hotel

Undoubtedly one of the most iconic venues in Sydney, the Kinselas Hotel is a terrific destination for a meal with your loved one or a drink with mates. The venue is notable for its fascinating history. Once a funeral parlour, it was also the former the HQ of Charles Kinsela, a successful businessman, before being redeveloped as a pub.

383 Bourke St Darlinghurst 2011

La Di Darts

La Di Darts offers one of the most fun nights out in town. Grad your own private booth and enjoy a game of augmented darts while relaxing on chaise lounges, sipping on curated cocktails and dressed with feather boas. While friendly competition is good, the onus here is definitely on fun. So grab a group of mates & get ready for a rip-roaring time!

82/94 Darlinghurst Rd Darlinghurst 2011

Lord Roberts Hotel

The Lord Roberts Hotel is a classic Aussie pub near the central business district and just a short walk downhill from Hyde Park. Independently owned, the pub spans two floors and boasts a well-stocked main bar, trendy restaurant and dining room, and a spacious outdoor balcony. It also has a large pool room with big TV screen, gaming & sports facilities.

64 Stanley St Darlinghurst 2011

Shady Pines Saloon

As its entrance is hidden, Shady Pines Saloon might be a little tricky for you to find, but once you locate it, you'll be seduced by a Nashville-inspired honky-tonk bar. Specialising in whiskey, craft beers, peanut snacks and sarsaparilla, this cosy, dimly lit, cowboy-themed dive bar is a terrific place for a night out, especially if you are a country music fan.

4/256 Crown St Darlinghurst 2011

Slims Rooftop

What could be better than enjoying a delicious meal at lunch or dinner on a fantastic rooftop terrace overlooking the gorgeous Hyde Park? Particularly when you can enjoy unobstructed views of the CBD & western sun. That is precisely what you get every day of the week at Slims Rooftop - located at the Hyde Park House building.

47-49 William St Darlinghurst 2011

The Beacham Hotel

Set across three levels, The Beacham Hotel offers a fabulous bar and dining experience. Residing next to the CBD, between Darlinghurst and Paddington, the venue is the perfect place for a business or private function. Its rooftop terrace provides superb city views, making it a top spot for beers, cocktails or a meal from its accomplished kitchen.

265-267 Oxford St Darlinghurst 2011

The Cliff Dive

Priding itself on being one of the wildest nightclubs in Sydney, The Cliff Dive is a popular tiki bar that offers an excellent selection of rum and cocktails. The venue features booths, walls adorned with colourful art and an excellent dance floor. DJs play the hottest tunes and school favs, which attract plenty of revellers keen to dance the night away.

18 Oxford St Darlinghurst 2011

The Long Goodbye

Full disclosure. The Long Goodbye is one of the SydneyCityGuide team's favourite bars! This classy film noir-inspired bar has a superb ambience backed by delicious house-made liqueurs and classic cocktails. Amazingly, there is no cocktail menu. Just tell the bar staff your favourite flavour & they'll conjure you up something incredible.

1/83 Stanley St Darlinghurst 2011

The Oxford Hotel

Situated adjacent to Taylor Square, The Oxford Hotel is one of Sydney's most iconic venues for a good night out. Comprising three different bars and two upscale function spaces, it's a great place to come for a pint or a party. The venue is known for its cool cocktail menu, massive range of beers and tasty pub grub. It also hosts live music & DJs.

134 Oxford St Darlinghurst 2011

The Riley Hotel

The Riley is a pub that recently opened in Darlinghurst. It is located in a heritage building that dates back to 1888, on the corner of Riley and Oxford Streets. Before being renovated, it was previously known as the Brighton Hotel. The establishment is known for its friendly vibe, live music and serving a good range of food & beers.

77 Oxford St Darlinghurst 2011

The Taphouse

The Taphouse is a popular pub for locals in Darlinghurst, which is driven by a love of three different things - great taps, terrific tunes and incredible Chinese food. Occupying three levels - one of which is a fantastic rooftop open-air bar that showcases splendid views of the locality - this trendy venue has a lively vibe and is always busy.

122 Flinders St Darlinghurst 2011


For several years now, Universal has been Sydney's leading LGBTQI+ entertainment venue. It also happens to be one of Sydney's best nightclubs as well. Open every night of the week, this two-storey establishment features DJs, plenty of dancing, laser lights and risque shows. It is the perfect place to have fun, let your hair down & party like it's 1999!

85-91 Oxford St Darlinghurst 2011


With a huge focus on classic cocktails, sherry, vermouth and delicious food, Vermuteria describes itself as a classic European neighbourhood bar. Similar in essence to the traditional ‘vermuteria’ you find in Spain, their vermouth is poured from a 100-litre barrel that sits behind the bar. Food options include their popular mortadella sandwich.

60 Kings Cross Rd Darlinghurst 2010

Cuisine: Spanish


The Big Easy

This venue is permanently closed.

77 Stanley St Darlinghurst 2011

*** Permanently Closed ***