Bar

Forest Lodge Hotel

Festooned with fairy lights, a stocking-clad doll, vintage photos, and boasting craft beers on tap, the bar at the Forest Lodge Hotel—or Flodge as I once lovingly knew it—has come a long way from my fond memories of stale beer and aromatic football socks.

Bar Fly: Keg & Brew

Hearts might have sunk when news spread that the old KB Hotel was getting an American-themed refit, but the place has never looked better.

Bar Fly: Barrel Bar & Dining

"This is stupid!" My date exclaimed, stuffing another fork full of sautéed oyster mushrooms and neon green parsley sponge into her mouth.

Bar Fly: Apothecary Bar

Denim wallpaper, disco balls, paranormal activity and taxidermied roosters... what more could you want from a bar, really? Set over four storeys, The World Bar is a labyrinth of rooms, booths, stairwells and hidden nooks.

The Gantry Restaurant & Bar

Raw materials are a definite focus at the recently refurbished Pier One Sydney Harbour. Interior designers Bates Smart have done wonders with reclaimed timbers; creating a stylish maritime playground stretching from the brass-caged boating clubhouse bar to the nicely substantial dark wood dining room, including tables extending seamlessly onto the pier (if you dare).

Bar Fly: The Botanist

Quite frankly, I'd rather eat a bag of wet hair than potter around a garden any day of the week. Hence I was quite sceptical about how much I was going to enjoy a night out at a botany-themed bar.

Casoni

If you loved this spot as Foley Lane, you should breathe easier knowing that Nathan Moses and Julian Marchetto are still very much behind this new incarnation.

Bar Fly: The Swinging Cat

When you visit this New Orleans-inspired bar, squirreled away underneath Subway on the corner of King and Clarence, you'll come for the cool vibe, but you'll stay for the Sazeracs.

DiWine

Working the Darlo Italian wine bar turf is newcomer DiWine. It’s tucked in between perennial favourites, Lucio Pizzeria and Phamish, in the lively Republic 2 courtyard.

Stillery

Using two crazy-good tonic syrups, Bar Manager Aaron Gaulke revolutionised my gin drinking. Inside this luxurious Double Bay bar, decked out in pale blue and marble with stately gilt settees, Gaulke commands an impressive array of gins.