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