Potts Point is positively heaving with top spots to drink, from the chic and sophisticated to the down ‘n’ dirty.
Here are five of our favourites.
The best bar for classic cocktails: The Roosevelt
This is the sort of bar you take a date or out-of-town visitor that you want to impress — it’s seriously swanky. The team from the popular Darlinghurst bar Eau de Vie modelled The Roosevelt after Prohibition-era bars, naming it after the 1940s Roosevelt Club, which was owned by notorious Sydney gangster Abe Saffron. The lighting is moody, the staff wear suspenders and bow ties, and the cocktails are shaken and stirred — often with liquid nitrogen for full smoky effect — from a cocktail trolley at your table. It doesn’t get cooler than that.
The best bar for foodies: Monopole
Blurring the boundaries between bar and restaurant, Monopole is a sexy European-style wine bar and eatery launched by the team behind the legendary Bentley Restaurant + Bar – Brent Savage and Nick Hildebrandt. The duo are known for dishing up exceptional food paired with equally divine wine, and Monopole is no exception. With a wine list featuring more than 500 rare and boutique wines and a menu of wine-friendly small dishes and artisan cheeses, you’ll want to settle in and stay all night, and why wouldn’t you?
The best bar for wine lovers: Dear Sainte Éloise
The name is a homage to George Orwell’s memoir, Down and Out in Paris and London – “Dear Sainte Éloise, if you exist, please send me some money. I don’t ask for much — just enough to buy some bread and a bottle of wine.” Stay here long enough and you’re likely to start feeling as loquacious as Orwell himself, thanks to the 400-strong wine list. There are great winemakers on the list, as well as the new and experimental. The food menu has tasty nibbles, small dishes and cheese that will line your stomach enough to let you sample more than you maybe ought to.
The best bar for rock ‘n’ roll late nights: Boogie Mountain
Formerly Kit and Kaboodle, Boogie Mountain is a 70’s themed, super fun, late-night party spot that’s going strong – lockout laws or no. Settle into the red velvet lounges and timber-panelled nooks with a $10 classic cocktail. There’re DJ sets and live bands to get your boogie on to under the neon lights. Late night cheeseburgers and greasy plates of poutine will keep you cosy during lock-in hours and they’ll even do a post-midnight Maccas run for you.
The best bar for local nostalgia: The Bourbon
You can’t mention Potts Point bars without referencing The Bourbon, if only to be sentimental. This icon of the area has enjoyed a colourful reputation in ‘The Cross’ for half a century. It opened in 1967 as The Beefsteak and Bourbon and quickly became a popular haunt for homesick American GIs on leave from Vietnam. It’s had various incarnations over the years, some more seedy than sleek. Currently, it’s serving up ‘contemporary New Orleans cuisine’ (BBQ, southern fare, burgers, hot dogs and share plates). The Bourbon Hotel building itself dates back to the 1800s.
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