It's official, size does matter when it comes to hip happening places and the size is small. The intimacy that's provided in a smaller venue is less imposing and more personal as such you find yourself in a room with newly found friends. The rise of such boutique venues is taking the city by storm. Here a few trendy yet tiny venues that are happening, venture out and check them out for yourselves.
1) Gilt Lounge, QT Hotel Sydney, 49 Market St, Sydney. Sydney's answer to a fun sexy cocktail bar. Past the beautiful building's façade into a dizzy selection of fruity concoctions, champagne cocktails and crazy creations. (Open Mon-Wed 6pm-12am, Thurs 6pm-2am, Fri 5pm-2am, Sat 6pm-2am)
2) Grandma's Bar, Basement Level 275 Clarence St, Sydney. Hidden in the basement, you'll find an eclectic décor reminiscent of 60s style lounge room and knick knacks. With knowledgeable bartenders, you won't be disappointed in with their fabulous cocktails.
3) Wild Rover, 75 Campbell Street Surry Hills. Is the sister bar to Grandma's. You'll feel at home in this place, seated in plush booths and bold animal wall paper. Ticks the boxes with its variety of beer and refreshing cocktails. (Open Mon-Sat 4pm to midnight, Sun 2-10pm)
4) Ko & Co Suju Bar, 6 Hunt Street Surry Hills. A fusion bar of Korean, Mexican and a bit of fun. With cocktails that pack a punch and the best fried chicken bar snack, what more can you ask for?
5) Gallon, Pyrmont, 117 Harris Street Pyrmont. With a sophisticated chic vibe, you'll be startled to find yourself in cozy quaint bar tucked away in Pyrmont. A secret haven that sprawls across two rooms and a spacious courtyard that fills up fast on Friday evenings. (Open Tue-Fri 12pm to midnight, Sat 2pm to midnight, Sun 2pm to 10pm)
6). Tio's Cerveceria, 4-14 Foster St, Surry Hills.
This place oozes fun especially when waiters throw bags of popcorn to enjoy whilst chatting with friends. Definitely a great place to have a few cocktails. (Open Mon-Sat 4pm to midnight)
7) The Hazy Rose, 1/83 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst.
What a find, up the stairs to an old Stanley Street terrace, it's a place that you can chill out and take a seat in the plush armchairs admiring the black art deco wallpaper. With a cocktail list that will tickle your fancy prepare yourself for a hazy night ahead.
8) Absinthe Salon, 87 Albion St, Surry Hills.
With a Parisian feel to the space and the theatre of seeing the ice cold drip through the sugar cube into the glass of absinthe, it's the beginning of an intoxicating chemical reaction of mingling aromas. Try it for yourself. (Open Wed -Sat 4pm-10pm, essential to book 02 911 6632)
9) The Lobo Plantation, 209 Clarence St Sydney.
For a second there, you may think you have stepped into somewhere in the Carribbean. With flaming cocktails filled with rum topped with pineapple foam, the action at the bar will keep you occupied or the rich reds, greens and floral notes oozes decadence and taste of Julio Lobo, the Carribean's last Sugar Baron. Don't think it won't be busy on a school night, it's the place to be. (Open Mon-Thur 4pm-12am, Fri 2pm-12am, Sat 4pm-12am)
11) Mojo Record Bar, 73 York St Sydney.
If you have a penchant for great tunes, head over to Mojo for craft beers and cocktails. Mojo is a long loved vinyl record store but now a late night bar with gig posters and LP's on the walls, it takes you back to the nostalgic era and enjoyable funky beats.
(Mon-Fri 4pm-12am, Sat 5pm-12am)
12) The Barber Shop, 89 York St Sydney.
Barber shop by day, through the back door to become bar by night. With craft beers, cocktails on offer, settle into colonial decorated space complete with a stuffed goat head. (Open Mon-Tue 4pm -12am, Wed-Fri 2pm -12am, Sat 5pm-12am.)
13) Brooklyn Social, 17 Randle Street Surry Hills.
Through black vinyl curtains into a rock and roll bar with a New York feel. With the bar out the back with 44 different gins to choose from, American comfort food and close to fantastic restaurants, what else could you ask for. (Open Mon-Sun 12pm-2am)