Booze Makes Sydney's History Better
Uncover Sydney's best bars with a local bar expert.
“Sydney’s bar scene has come alive alive as of late, changing from the late-night hot spot to an amazing oasis of craft cocktail bars. I love this tour because I get to show my guests some of my favourite tucked-away bars.”
Spend three hours exploring four incredible bars, hard to find places you’ll never find on your own. Joined by a trusty local guide, you’re sure to meet some of the best bartenders in the world — from underground record stores with hidden bars, to endlessly long corridors leading to unmarked doors hiding a bar — you’ll explore a new side of the city as you uncover the hidden bar scene.
This tour operates mid- to late-afternoon, because a good day out shouldn’t equal a bad night’s sleep. The added benefit of a late afternoon tour? Bartenders have more time to tell us about their favourite recommendations, and bar owners frequently come and introduce their venue to us.
The timing also makes this an excellent pre-dinner activity. If you’re making dinner reservations, we recommend no sooner than 7pm, so you have time to fully enjoy your final drink.
You’ll also get a personalised list of recommendations for more bars to visit, should you want to keep the evening going.
By far our top-selling tour, this experience is one you won’t soon forget.
What to Expect?
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In 2014, the government of New South Wales introduced lockout laws, which forever changed Sydney’s bar scene. Suddenly, club hopping was no more in a city known for some of the best nightlife in Australia.
In a story of unintended consequences, a new kind of bar started to appear in the city — one that you could settle into for the night with a small group of mates. Sydney’s speakeasies came roaring into fashion, and now hidden bars behind pizza shops, dumpling halls and back laneways are all the rage.
Join a local guide and discover the incredibly new and exciting trend in Sydney’s hospitality scene.
City Extra 24 Hour Restaurant, E4 East Podium Between Wharf 3 & 4 (Manly Ferry Saint-Antoine Street West Sydney, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia)
Meet outside the City Extra restaurant, your guide will be holding a blue umbrella.
- Weather-Appropriate Clothing
- Your Camera
- A Filled Tummy
- Comfortable Shoes
Cancel up to 24 hours prior for a full refund
While we advertise the tour as 3 hours, we arrive to bar #4 just before the 3 hour mark, so make sure to leave yourself enough time for one last round. We recommend scheduling an additional 45 minutes for mingling and revelry before heading home or to your next event.
Our bar schedule changes daily depending on which bars are open. We can’t tell you exactly where the tour will end, but it will be in the city centre and not ages from the start point.
Don’t worry — it will be super-easy to get anywhere in the city afterwards and your guide can help with directions. If you need more specific info, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your intended travel date and we can give you more detail.
In the city centre, a small beer costs $5-10 while a cocktail is in the $15-$25 range.
A great way to save money is to prepurchase your drinks — with our drinks-included package, we can negotiate more aggressive rates with the bars and save you big money.
Closed-toed shoes or sandals are important – some venues may not allow thongs/jandals/flip-flops inside after a certain hour.
Other than that — dress how you please! As long as you stay out of activewear and that stained t-shirt you normally only wear to bed, you’ll be fine.
Some like to dress up and continue the night after our tour completes, and some go more casual. Do what makes you comfortable. 🙂
We cap our group size at 12 people to ensure each person has the chance to have a personal experience with the tour guide and one another.
Of course! We are happy to host private functions on our personalised private tours. These are 3 hours tours we tailor specifically to your group’s requirements and interests. You can email us to enquire using our “Contact” page.
We pick four bars that are within walking distance, but occasionally we’ll have a 10-minute jaunt between some of our furthest-apart venues. Your walking distance would never be more than 1 mile.
Tour Start Point:
City Extra 24 Hour Restaurant, E4 East Podium Between Wharf 3 & 4 – Meet outside the City Extra restaurant, your guide will be holding a blue umbrella.