The Coolest Bar in Your Capital City

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Drink in style at any of these fine establishments. See more new capital city bars in our Summer issue on sale November 14.

Baxter Inn, Sydney

There’s a reason Sydney’s Baxter Inn was voted the 12th best bar on the planet in Drinks International magazine’s ‘World’s 50 Best Bar Awards’ this month — this dimly lit underground bar off an unmarked alleyway is like stepping back in time to a 1920s New York speakeasy, complete with a wall of more than 800 whiskies. Owned by Anton Forte, a Melbourne native who now owns some of the Harbour City’s finest establishments.



Black Pearl, Melbourne

Hot on the Baxter Inn’s heels on Drinks International’s list is Melbourne’s Black Pearl, which came in No.22 this year. This Fitzroy institution is fresh from a renovation in 2015, with inviting leather couches and timber finishes providing the perfect setting for a bite to eat and a cocktail — a favourite is the Sweet Tea Smash, made of of Bulleit Bourbon, Strega, iced tea and lemon.


Varnish on King, Perth

Another American-style basement bar, this fashionable watering hole boasts Perth’s best selection of whisky, as well as great wine and beer lists. Located on King St in the middle of the city, it’s known for its array of picklebacks — shots of whisky with a pickle chaser — as well as finger-licking US-style food.


Elixir, Brisbane

One of Brisbane pioneering rooftop bars, Elixir promises a garden oasis in the middle of the city. Where better than this Fortitude Valley favourite to enjoy a cool drink on a balmy summer night — relax on a day bed with one of Elixir’s wide range of local craft beers or a fruity Queensland cocktail.


Clever Little Tailor, Adelaide

Credited with sparking Adelaide’s laneway bar revolution, this charming Peel Street hole-in-the-wall offers a extensive range of spirits served by friendly, knowledgable staff in a warm small-bar setting — think exposed brick and cosy mezzanine booths. This Parisian-style bar isn’t cheap but that doesn’t deter the fashionable clientele.


Jack Greene, Hobart

Gourmet burgers, craft beers, live music . . . what’s not to love about this popular Salamanca Tavern. Curl up next to the fireplace in a velvet armchair with a wallaby burger in one hand and a local brew in the other and enjoy the relaxed vibes on a chilly Tasmanian evening.