While there has been ample buzz surrounding the ‘Mar-tinny’ and ‘Can-hattan’ creations, Continental’s host of other classic cocktails featuring sherries, vermouth and house made liqueurs are well worth a dabble. Your New Pal with scotch, Campari, dry vermouth, smoked maple syrup and bitters is delightfully moreish, and the House spritz with Averna, tinned fruit syrup and soda will keep you bubbly all night.
210 Australia Street, Newtown
This Eastern Suburbs gem is a bastion of harbourside glamour, and an afternoon in the sun is made all the more indulgent with an icy cocktail in hand. Naturally, the Aperol Spritz or Summer Sangria are popular sellers, while the Elderflower mojito with Pampero Blanco rum, elderflower, lime, mint and soda is uber refreshing. The Itsy Bitsy is perfect for those with a sweet tooth, with vodka, lychee juice and sparkling apple.
1 Military Road, Watsons Bay
Embodying all things Sydney, this beachside spot has everything going for it, a huge dining hall to rooftop vistas to their summery cocktail list, you won’t want to leave. The Pavilion Pina Colada is quintessential summer drinking, while the Beachbum with Havana Club 3, peach schnapps, pineapple, lime and mint always goes down well. The Watermelon sangria jug is a must for group celebrations.
169 Dolphin Street, Coogee
Overlooking Circular Quay, this Cuban styled bar is a beloved haunt for those in need of a crisp cocktail in stunning surrounds. The bar menu holds an impressive array of rum and American whiskey, with the Garden Path bringing gin, mezcal, blood orange liqueur, lime juice, fresh pineapple and basil leaves together. The Fading Light is the perfect follow up for a smooth chaser.
61 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Popular Barangaroo foodie hangout, NOLA brings the best of America’s southern hospitality to Sydney. The barbecue restaurant and whiskey bar oozes New Orleans style, and the bar menu pays homage to the classics, with a bounteous offering of cocktails, Sazaerac rye featuring heavily. The Mint Julep with Buffalo Trace Bourbon, fresh peppermint and crushed ice will keep the sweat from your brow no matter how high the temperature climbs.
Level 1, International Tower, 100 Barangaroo Avenue Barangaroo South