Bars & City Drinking

Bar pages by bar owners

In previous years I've racked up air miles and bar bills in a quest to visit and review bars in cities around the world. Even pre-Covid travel restrictions, the explosion in the number of bars led to my pretty much abandoning trying to review bars. However, I still want to give bars exposure on Difford's Guide and ensure great bars receive the recognition they deserve.

Hence, we're working on a new bar area that will allow bar owners to take control of their own pages on this website to promote their drinks, food, and entertainment offerings directly to the 1 million discerning drinkers a month who visit Difford's Guide. We will give control directly to bar owners (who may then decide to pass on permission to their managers) to maintain and build their presence on Difford's Guide. We invite and encourage all bar owners to register your interest below and we'll send you further information.

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Ramblin Rascal Tavern

There's only one place in Sydney where you'll find a horse head mask, an inflatable sex doll, a lucha libra mask and an Aboriginal flag all in one room,

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Byrdi

Byrdi is a bar unlike any other, pulling the concepts of seasonality and locality together with culinary techniques, in a venue that is both day and night,

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Lobo

Julio Lobo was a plantation owner, sugar broker and the sugar king of Havana until Castro took over the show: even today in Cuba, his name is synonymous

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Palmer & Co

Equipped with that rare and beautiful thing, a 4am license, this offering from Justin Hemmes' Merivale group takes speakeasy style to the absolute max

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Bar Totti's

Merivale's famed Italian joint has made the transition from Bondi to the CBD – fronting the Ivy Precinct on George Street with its wood-fired oven and

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Eileen's Bar - Four Pillars

Branded bars are tricky to pull off, without a diverse enough catalogue the drinking can get monotonous, the branding can be too in your face and they

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LOW 302

With its scavenged furnishings, Victorian mahogany panelling, sanded brickworks, piano and dramatic red velvet curtains, this converted Greek restaurant

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Hemmesphere

A long player, long stayer on the Sydney cocktail bar scene, Hemmesphere's impact on the city was not dissimilar to Oliver Peyton's opening of the Atlantic

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Eau-De-Vie

Sven Almenning and other members of the Behind Bars promotional crew opened this temple to the cocktail and its creators, past and present, in January

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The Wild Rover

Enter through the big wooden door with the red light on Campbell St in Sydney's Surry Hills and you will discover a world of fun and whiskey. Living

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Tio's Cerveceria

There is no real way to verify the authenticity of this 'Guatemalan Owl Bar', located on the city fringes, but that doesn't really matter. The apparent

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Shady Pines Saloon

Now, any set of notes which begin This is a fucking great bar! would normally be followed by a couple of pages of hieroglyphics and some rather, erm, soft

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PS40

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Double Deuce Lounge

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Murder Inc.

A dingy narrow backstreet traversing the corner between Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road is a fittingly seedy setting for a bar which celebrates

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Scarfes Bar Rosewood Hotel

Scarfes Bar sits to the right as you walk under the arch into the courtyard entrance to the Rosewood hotel and is the hotel's main bar. It's been decorated

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Capitano

Carlton's Capitano might not look it, but this small Italian restaurant on the corner of Rathdowne and Palmerston serves up some of the very best drinks

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Hedonist

The Hedonist Project was launched in Leeds as a pop up originally, and then evolved into a rotating concept bar, that showcased a new direction and creative

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Tayer + Elementary

At first glance, this is yet another brutalist Shoreditch/Hoxton/Old Street bar with bare concrete, exposed aircon ducking and raw steel trunking. But

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Alberto's Lounge

In the no man's land that sits between the city and Surry Hills, dominated by unkempt carparks and gloomy office blocks, this late-night laneway diner