AUSTRALIA, 5 SEPTEMBER – Sydney’s bar scene is just as captivating as its stunning landscapes. With a plethora of stylish and innovative bars, there’s no shortage of places to unwind and enjoy a drink. As Sydney Bar Week (9-13th September) approaches, the city’s vibrant bar culture is about to take center stage.

Whether you’re a local looking to experience the best Sydney offers or visiting town to join in the festivities, Proof & Company has curated a selection of Sydney’s favorite bars that promise to enhance your bar week journey. From classic cocktail havens that exude timeless charm to avant-garde watering holes pushing the boundaries of mixology, our spirited picks serve as your gateway to a comprehensive and unforgettable week in Sydney.


Nestled within the Four Seasons Hotel, Grain Bar beckons with sophistication and a breathtaking panorama of the city. At Grain Bar, a genuine commitment to the craft of fine drinking reigns supreme. Indulge in the art of finely crafted drinks within this refined setting, as skilled bartenders become your guides on an enticing journey through flavours.

Try the “COA”, a captivating blend of Los Arcos Destilado de Agave, Suze Gentian, Toasted Rye, Clarified Citrus, and a refreshing touch of Soda Water—a drink that dances between zest and zing. For a taste of the tropics, the “ALOHA” beckons, blending the bold flavors of Plantation Xaymaca Jamaican Rum and Plantation Stiggins Fancy Pineapple Rum with the subtle allure of Tio Pepe Fino Sherry, Mancino Bianco Ambrato Vermouth, and the intriguing essence of Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao—a cocktail that transports you to sun-kissed shores with every sip.

Discover the wide range of cocktails and ask the team for a taste of a classic cocktail that has been aged, literally against the grain.

Four Seasons Sydney
199 George St, The Rocks
Mon & Tue 12-11pm
Wed & Thu 4-11pm
Fri & Sat 4pm-12am
Sun Closed



Maybe Sammy takes inspiration from the roaring ’50s, the rebirth of cool, the era where fashion and fun prevailed. A time when The Rat Pack and Hollywood glamour were revered and admired. Each and every delectable drink on their menu will take you through an eye-opening and distinct experience. Their passion is for drinks, music, and people like you, who like to take it easy from time to time.

Ranked 27th on the World’s 50 Best Bars list in 2022, Maybe Sammy is a jewel of timeless sophistication. Step into a bygone era of elegance, where classic cocktails are elevated to an art form. With a 1950s-inspired ambiance and skilled bartenders who craft liquid masterpieces, it’s a true cocktail enthusiast’s paradise.

Experience the allure of a world-class bar that pays homage to the golden age of mixology and discover why it’s a cherished destination for those who appreciate the finer things in life.

115 Harrington St, The Rocks
Tue-Thu 4.30pm-12am
Fri-Sat 4.30pm-1am
Mon & Sun Closed



Located in the vibrant ecosystem of Hinchcliff House, a hub of leading Sydney venues curated by House Made Hospitality, Apollonia stands as a captivating cocktail bar paying homage to The Godfather’s indelible character. Its name is a fitting tribute, inviting patrons into an immersive experience that infuses the heart of the city with the allure of Sicilian charm.

Beyond its thematic allure, Apollonia places sustainable cocktail drinking at the forefront of its mission. The core of their ethos revolves around creative simplicity, storytelling, and, most crucially, mindful consideration of their environmental impact. The innovative use of Widges Gin and ecoSPIRITS speaks volumes about their commitment to sustainable practices, ensuring that each sip resonates with a sense of responsibility to the planet.

As an embodiment of mindful mixology, Apollonia is led by the talented duo of Jake Down and Jason ‘Widge’ Williams. This bar transcends mere mixology; it is a testament to the artistry of conscious creation, where every cocktail is a harmony of flavors, an ode to sustainability, and an invitation to experience the beauty of mindful indulgence.

5-7 Young St Basement Level
Mon-Wed 3pm-12am
Thu 3pm-1am
Fri 3pm-2am
Sat 4pm-2am
Sun Closed



Prepare to be enchanted at Cantina OK!, the place where exceptional spirits and unforgettable moments converge. This Micro Mezcal Mecca takes pride in curating an experience like no other, offering one-of-a-kind, once-in-a-lifetime spirits that will undoubtedly leave you mesmerised.

At the heart of Cantina OK! lies its commitment to crafting the finest margaritas and cocktails in all of Sydney. The shelves are adorned with hand-sourced, hand-imported, and handmade agave spirits, an ode to the craft that transcends borders. Every cocktail is a masterpiece, served with hand-shaven ice and hand-pressed limes, a testament to the dedication that sets this place apart. Whether you’re an agave aficionado or a curious cocktail enthusiast eager to explore new horizons, Margarita OK! is a true gem crafted with Arquitecto Tequila, mezcal, lime, and a tantalizing hint of orange oil—an experience that will surely linger in your memory.

As you step into Cantina OK!, you’re not just entering a bar; you’re entering a world where the art of spirits and the passion for hospitality come together.

Council Pl, Sydney
Everyday 4pm-2am



For over a decade, Shady Pines Saloon has been Sydney’s unrivaled Nashville-style honky-tonk, where patrons seek refuge in the embrace of a laid-back pace and a truly friendly atmosphere. The wood-paneled interiors, the vintage vibes, and the sounds of good times echoing through the air create a timeless ambiance, transporting patrons to a place where camaraderie is celebrated and worries are left at the door.

With its unorthodox charm and genuine local appreciation, this establishment doesn’t just serve drinks; it crafts experiences. In a world of ever-changing trends, Shady Pines Saloon remains an ode to the classics, where conversations flow as freely as the drinks and where the spirit of the Old West thrives. As a testament to its impact, it’s a place that has solidified its place in the hearts of those who yearn for authenticity, camaraderie, and a touch of unconventional charm.

4/256 Crown St, Darlinghurst
Sun-Thu 4pm-12am
Fri&Sat 4pm-1:30am



Prepare to embark on a whisky journey like no other as you step into the underground whisky cellar of The Baxter Inn. Found within the city’s old loading dock, this extraordinary sanctuary of spirits beckons with an amazing array that is sure to captivate even the most discerning connoisseur.

The Baxter Inn has been a fixture in the same location for over a decade, a testament to its enduring appeal and the exceptional experiences it consistently provides to its patrons. As an extra treat, they offer pretzels at no charge, adding a delightful touch of warmth and generosity to your visit.

As a true whisky aficionado’s paradise, The Baxter Inn has proudly secured a remarkable 12th ranking on the esteemed 2022 World’s 50 Best Bars list. This accolade speaks to the bar’s unwavering commitment to excellence, a dedication showcased through its extensive whisky collection and the enchanting speakeasy charm that permeates every corner of this hidden gem.

152/156 Clarence St, Sydney
Everyday 4pm-3am



Discover a captivating haven nestled in the heart of the city, where the art of cocktails and spirits comes alive. Burrow Bar, a charming and intimate boutique establishment, embodies the essence of excellence. Its remarkable achievements include nominations for Australian Bartender Magazine’s prestigious titles, such as Bar of the Year, NSW Bar of the Year, and Small Bar of the Year in 2019.

Be sure to indulge in the intriguing “Swampwater” cocktail, a libation with a name that sparks curiosity. While its name may evoke echoes of 80’s jock flicks, this drink proves to be a delightful surprise when it was created in the 1970s as a promotional venture for Chartreuse.

A rising star in Sydney’s vibrant bar culture, Burrow Bar sets itself apart with its inviting ambiance and dedication to crafted cocktails. It’s a hidden treasure waiting to be explored, providing a unique glimpse into the burgeoning bar scene that defines Sydney.

Basement/96 Clarence St, Sydney
Mon Closed
Tue-Sun 4pm-12am


Join Proof & Company at Casa de Agave: A Highlight of Sydney Bar Week 2023

Embark on a journey of unparalleled flavours, knowledge, and community in an immersive experience like no other. In this exclusive gathering, guests will indulge in brand showcases, offering insights into the world of tequila and mezcal. Engage in a captivating panel discussion with international industry leaders, gaining invaluable perspectives that shape the future of the craft of agave spirits.

The setting? The iconic Golden Age Cinema is a timeless venue that echoes the elegance of the beverages guest will be savouring. Mark your calendars for September 12th, 2023, from 3 PM to 5 PM, at 80 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills. As space is limited, don’t miss out on this extraordinary opportunity by reaching out to holly.edwards@proofandcompany.com.


HONG KONG, 12 JULY – Get ready to immerse yourself in the electrifying atmosphere of Hong Kong’s bar and restaurant scene as it takes centre stage for the highly anticipated Asia 50 Best Bars 2023. This dynamic city is buzzing with innovative and sustainability-driven initiatives, shaping the future of fine drinking.

With new and exciting establishments emerging, challenging the status quo, Hong Kong’s bar landscape is constantly evolving. These venues share a common vision of sustainability, celebrating the art of craft spirits and embracing the second golden era of exquisite libations. From sustainable collaborations with ecoSPIRITS™ to the resurgence of fine drinking, Hong Kong has established itself as a global hub for cutting-edge concepts and unrivalled craft spirits.

Join us on a journey to explore these trailblazing bars that have shaped Hong Kong’s bar culture. From collaborations with ecoSPIRITS™, which champion sustainable cocktails, to uncovering hidden gems, we invite you to experience the forefront of the city’s dynamic bar scene.


ARGO, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong

Prepare to embark on a groundbreaking drinking experience at Argo, a visionary project by Proof Creative. Drawing inspiration from the legendary Argo ship that carried Jason and the Argonauts on their quest for the Golden Fleece, Argo stands proudly as one of the Top 3 bars in Asia’s 50 Best Bars, offering a glimpse into the future of mixology.

At Argo, the focus lies in the evolution of cocktails, especially when key components become scarce or depleted, such as cacao or coffee. One sip of their signature Argo Martini will transport you into a world of extraordinary flavours. Crafted with Never Never Gin and seasonal hydrosols, which are artisanal flavoured distilled water-based solutions created in-house using a rotary evaporator, this Martini is a true masterpiece. What sets it apart is not just the unique blend of ingredients, but also the innovative technique used to prepare it. Instead of the traditional shaking or stirring, the Argo Martini is expertly layered, adding another layer of creativity and sophistication to your drinking experience.

Four Seasons Hong Kong
8 Finance St, Central, Hong Kong

Monday – Thursday, 5pm – 12am
Friday – Saturday, 5pm – 2am



DarkSide, Rosewood Hong Kong

Be captivated by the allure of DarkSide, a cocktail parlour that beckons with its rare and aged spirits, vintage cigars, and timeless cocktails, all accompanied by the sultry melodies of live jazz. Renowned as the “Best Bar of the Year” in 2021, DarkSide boasts an extensive library of exquisite rum, whisky, and calvados, transporting you to the golden age of spirits. Delve into their remarkable selection of dark spirits, which harks back to the early 19th century and includes an exclusive blend of cognac meticulously crafted by the award-winning bar team.

Continuing its commitment to sustainability and innovation, DarkSide has renewed its partnership with ecoSPIRITS™ for the second consecutive year. The remarkable menu, ecoCOCKTAILS II, showcasing a range of extraordinary spirits such as Plantation Rum, paired with locally sourced ingredients and recycled materials. Sip on the bar’s signature creation, the ecoFFEE, a tantalizing twist on the classic espresso martini. This delightful concoction features Widges Gin, infused with reused coffee grounds, accompanied by the essence of leftover oranges and banana skins, for that harmonious blend of flavours that will awaken all senses.

Rosewood Hong Kong Victoria Dockside
18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Sunday – Thursday, 5pm-12pm
Friday – Saturday, 5pm-1am




Inspired by the farm-to-bar movement taking the culinary world by storm, Penicillin pioneered the sustainability movement in the bar industry in Hong Kong. Right from the get-go, the interior boasts sustainable décor, such as table tops made from felled trees and repurposed lighting.

Not only do they focus on locally sourced or upcycled ingredients, Penicillin takes it a step further in experimentation, fermentation, and innovation to cultivate a no-waste menu that brings creativity to their cocktails. Through their collaboration with ecoSPIRITS™, Penicillin has eliminated single-use glass bottles and significantly reduced their carbon footprint. And their efforts don’t stop there. They’ve also launched the “One Penicillin, One Tree” initiative in partnership with the Green Steps Group. For every 4.5L ecoTOTE purchased, a tree is planted in the Kalimantan rainforest of Borneo, contributing to reforestation efforts and the preservation of this endangered ecosystem.

Take a look at their latest menu, “Black Summer”, which comprises of cleverly-named cocktails, each made from vastly different, carbon-positive ingredients, with a story to tell.

L/G Amber Lodge
23 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong

Monday to Saturday, 5pm – 2am
Sunday, 5pm – 12am



The Daily TOT

The Daily TOT is a rum lover’s paradise, a true haven for enthusiasts seeking an unparalleled experience. This exceptional bar pays homage to centuries-old naval traditions, offering a meticulously curated collection of rums sourced from every corner of the globe. Prepare to embark on a journey through the diverse regions of the Caribbean, Central America, South America, and Asia, where you’ll discover a remarkable array of rare blended rums and aged treasures that have been thoughtfully selected to ignite your senses.

One libation that simply cannot be missed is the PB&G, a delightful creation that combines the sous-vide infusion of Plantation Rum Pineapple Stiggins’ with the aromatic essence of basil, the silky texture of velvety egg whites, a hint of Petite Verveine, the invigorating zest of yuzu cordial, and the vibrant burst of fresh guava juice. Additionally, The Daily TOT proudly presents a distinguished selection of rare Plantation Rum blends, including our personal favourite, the esteemed Plantation Rum Single Cask Barbados 2011, for those seeking the pinnacle of sophistication.

58 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
G/F, Shop E Felicity Building

Monday – Wednesday, 4 pm to 12 am
Thursday – Saturday, 5 pm to 1 am
Sunday, 4 pm to 11 pm



The Pontiac

Get ready to rock and roll at The Pontiac, a dive bar with a rebellious spirit and an all-female-led team. This one-of-a-kind establishment welcomes everyone with open arms, creating a community where judgments are left at the door. Step into The Pontiac and experience a chaotic vibe reminiscent of the legendary Coyote Ugly, setting it apart from the rest of Hong Kong’s bar scene.

While The Pontiac boasts a laidback ambiance, their dedication to a greener future is truly commendable. As proud partners of ecoSPIRITS™, this emerging bar takes a sustainable twist to classic cocktails. The talented team concocts drinks with quirky and daring names, all within an edgy and unapologetic setting. Picture them jamming to the energetic tunes of Bon Jovi, perched on the bar counter. And what better way to elevate your dance moves and indulge in the night than with a sip of their sensational Shells and Cigarettes cocktail? This ingenious creation puts a unique ecoSPIRITS™ spin on the beloved Long Island Iced Tea.

Don’t miss the opportunity to embrace the rebellious spirit of The Pontiac—an exhilarating sanctuary where the love for rock music, exceptional spirits, and unforgettable nights intertwine.

13 Old Bailey Street, Hong Kong

Wednesday – Saturday, 4pm – 12am
Sunday – Tuesday, 4pm– 11pm



COA Hong Kong

Indulge in the vibrant atmosphere of COA (co-ah), a Mexican-inspired bar that pays homage to the traditional tool used for harvesting agave. As you step into this inviting and friendly establishment, prepare to be greeted with exceptional hospitality and a warm ambience.

Elevating the bar scene in Hong Kong, COA holds the esteemed title of being ranked #1 in Asia’s 50 Best Bars for two consecutive years. This prestigious recognition is a testament to their dedication and passion for crafting extraordinary experiences. What sets COA apart is their commitment to innovation and seasonality. Every week, their talented team hand-picks seasonal ingredients to create a new and exciting cocktail, ensuring a dynamic and ever-evolving menu. Collaborating with renowned spirits like La Travesia, COA presents an extensive array of cocktails that will tantalize your taste buds.

Explore their carefully curated cocktail list, featuring 100% agave tequila and traditional mezcals, inspired by the rich and vibrant flavours of Mexico.

Shop A, LG/F Wah Shin House
6-10 Shin Hing Street, Central, Hong Kong

Tuesday – Sunday, 6pm – 12am



The Wise King

The Wise King has secured its place as a beloved establishment in Hong Kong, renowned for its unique and distinctive character. Embracing a distinct Iberian influence, the bar pays homage to Alfonso X of Castile, a revered 13th-century Spanish monarch who played a significant role in shaping the country’s culinary tradition of tapas. Legend has it that King Alfonso X declared that no alcoholic beverage should be served without food, a decree that continues to influence Spanish gastronomy.

Drawing inspiration from the king himself, Founder and N.I.P Gin Brand Ambassador Sandeep Kumar has crafted an extraordinary experience. Here, the focus is on indulging the senses of sight, taste, and sound, creating a captivating journey through flavours and ambience.

25 Staunton Street, Basement,
Tsung Wing Lane, Soho Central

Monday – Thursday, 6pm-12am
Friday -Saturday, 6pm-2am



Terrible Baby

Nestled on the 4th floor of Eaton Hong Kong in Jordan, Terrible Baby invites you to embark on an extraordinary drinking experience. With a name inspired by the French phrase ‘L’Enfant Terrible,’ this exceptional cocktail bar is a rare gem outside Hong Kong’s main vibrant drinking scene.

Drawing inspiration from the Dadaist art movement, this distinctive establishment is a hub for young, passionate, and fearless creatives. Step inside to discover a retro-chic and vintage interior lounge, while the outdoor terrace treats you to a lush and stylish setting, complete with breathtaking views of Jordan’s iconic buildings. Notably, Terrible Baby has received esteemed recognition, earning the title of Hong Kong’s Best Rooftop Bar by the Financial Times and the prestigious Gold award for Best Terrace Bar at the Hong Kong Best Spirits Awards 2022.

At the core of Terrible Baby’s allure is its dedication to music, offering an eclectic lineup of live sets featuring both local and international artists. As you indulge in their meticulously crafted cocktails, let the enchanting melodies surround you, creating an extraordinary atmosphere that exemplifies Terrible Baby’s essence.

4/F, Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road
Kowloon, Hong Kong

Sunday – Thursday, 2pm-12am
Friday & Saturday, 2pm-2am