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Top 5 Secret bars in Sydney

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Hidden, underground and secret, these are the underground bars tucked away from street view that are worth the hunt.

1. Door Knock

The sign reads “Use the door knock and knock three times”. You’ll find this sign hidden away after making your way down a long corridor, the heavy door reveals a beautifully furnished bar behind where you’ll find great wines and pun filled cocktails. They also have some tasty snacks on offer.

Website: https://www.doorknock.com.au/

Address: b2/70 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000

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2. The Baxter Inn

A nice escape from the hecticness of the city, the bar specializes in whiskey and they have more than 600 varieties of it lining the wall. It’s a bustling city bar and can fit up to 130 people.

Website: https://thebaxterinn.com/

Address: 152-156 Clarence St, Sydney NSW 2000 

Bar open: Mon-Sat 4pm-1am, Sun Closed

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 3. Papa Gede’s bar

This secret laneway bar has a bit of a voodoo vibe and they serve up great tiki drinks, snacks and if you’re lucky a rescue dog will come and hang out for pats on Thursday and Friday nights for pats.

Website: http://www.papagedes.com/

Address: 348 Kent St, Sydney NSW 2000


4. Grandma’s bar

No ordinary visit to nan’s, these guys specialize in tiki and rum, it’s best described as “granny glamour”. They serve eclectic cocktails and jaffles in a laidback basement bar.

Website: https://www.grandmasbarsydney.com.au/

Address: Basement/275 Clarence St, Sydney NSW 2000

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5. Old mate’s place

Arriving at this bar after tackling the stairs is like a breath of fresh air. Opened in 2018, this bar has won lots of awards and is a popular spot with bartenders. It’s decked out with old book shelves, leather booths and the upstairs section has a nice view of Sydney’s architecture.  

Website: https://www.oldmates.sydney/

Lvl 4, 199 Clarence St, Sydney NSW 2000, 

Mon Closed, Tue & Wed 5pm-2am, Fri & Sat 12pm-2am, Sun 2pm-2am

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