Bars specializing in affordable cocktails have popped up across the city. Enjoy any of these watering holes even with just A$15 in your wallet.
The Doss House, The Rocks
Located underground in a 170-year-old building that was once home to tenants such as a bootmaker and an opium dealer, The Doss House is a hot spot for whisky lovers. Oak cabinets ooze elegance and history, creating the perfect setting for a tipple. Browse through the menu of about 150 whiskies, or go for The Dusky Scotchman, a cocktail made with a 10-year-old Laphroaig, Branca Menta and a touch of honey. thedosshouse.com.au
Maybe Sammy, The Rocks
Have a penchant for theatrics, or simply want to experience living the life in Las Vegas, circa the 1950s? Sit yourself at the bar in Maybe Sammy, where you can have 2017 Australian bartender of the year Andrea Gualdi whip something up with vodka, gin, Wild Turkey rye or whatever takes your fancy. Short on time and undecided? Then go with The New Frontier — the concoction is made with Calle 23 Blanco tequila, Derrumbes mezcal, Fino sherry and a surprising coffee essence that’ll hook you in. maybesammy.com
Scout at the Dolphin Hotel, Surry Hills
If environmental sustainability is on your mind, head for Scout at the Dolphin Hotel. The front-of-house bar and restaurant on the first floor is headed by the acclaimed chef Maurice Terzini; venture upstairs to find Scout, a not-so-secret bar that may require a passcode for entry. Famed London-based bartender Matt Whiley crafts zero-waste cocktails — components include fermented wine made from locally sourced Aussie bananas and other native ingredients. dolphinhotel.com.au/scout
This article first appeared in the September 2019 issue of Smile magazine.