Lying just east of the CBD, Potts Point is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Sydney. Previously known as Woolloomooloo Hill, it has always been an affluent suburb – something which has been perennially reflected in the quality of its drinking venues. As a rule, the best bars and pubs in Potts Point tend to be upscale, sophisticated establishments with stylish interiors and an exceptional menu of cocktails, fine wines, draft beers and spirits. Here is a selection of some of the best of them.
Bloody Mary’s Gazebo is a cafe and bar located in the heart of Potts Point. They have a large outdoor seating area which is perfect to have a bite to eat from their extensive cafe menu, and then follow that up with one of their signature Bloody Mary cocktail drinks.
2 Elizabeth Bay Rd, Potts Point
Located on Macleay Street, within the site of a former adult bookstore, that was also previously a speakeasy and illegal gambling den, the Kings Cross Distillery is all about gin. Their signature beverages are inspired by a recipe from 1937.
Shop 8, Llankelly Place, Potts Point
The oldest hotel in Potts Point, The New Hampton is known for its gourmet pub food and delicious cocktails. Located within a hip, cosy and inviting setting, replete with stone walls and comfortable couches, it also boasts a fantastic live music scene.
9/15 Bayswater Rd, Potts Point
One of Potts Points most intriguing venues, Wonderland Bar is a Lewis Carroll-inspired bar that showcases theatrical-style themes. It is renowned for its magnificent cocktail list and lounge area, as well as its quirky Mad Hatter tea room experience.
24 Bayswater Rd, Potts Point
If you love cocktails, then Dulcie’s Kings Cross on Darlinghurst Road is a place you definitely need to know about. Every cocktail is hand-made and is also bottled with top-quality Aussie spirits. They even come with instructions and a bit of history.
44B Darlinghurst Rd, Potts Point
Offering a good night out for everyone, the Potts Point Hotel is a lively 4-storey bar with a fantastic rooftop terrace. Known for its excellent Bistro-style pub grub, and delicious cocktails, the venue also hosts live music, stand up comedy and a nightclub.
33-35 Darlinghurst Rd, Potts Point
A high-end New York inspired bar and diner, The Roosevelt is a sophisticated venue that excels in cocktails. Also boasting an Americana-themed tapas menu and a private poker den, its decor features antique cocktail making equipment.
32 Orwell St, Potts Point
Formerly a late-night cafe and nightlife spot that has been around since 1952, the Piccolo Bar has now been reinvented as a 12-seater aperitivo bar that champions the history of the venue. As well as exceptional cocktails they serve rare whiskeys too.
6 Roslyn St, Potts Point
Located in one of Sydney’s most prominent nightlife precincts, the Kings Cross Hotel is a stunning rooftop bar and restaurant that presents exquisite food and cocktails. Set within a hip 4-level pub it houses cool hip-hop DJs and live gigs.
244/248 William St, Potts Point
Noted for its centrepiece bar that is exactly 1100 cm x 30 cm, Jangling Jacks offers an extensive cocktail menu and notable wine list. Its comely decor features Victorian-style lampshades, leather-lined booths, vintage posters and album artwork.
175 Victoria St, Potts Point
A delightful Pan Asian restaurant, Honkas Bar + Eats embraces the delicious street food flavours of South-East Asian countries like Japan, China, Korea, and Vietnam. Notable in that they only serve brown rice, their menu features a selection of irresistible and very tasty dishes.
11 Roslyn St, Potts Point