I’m always on the lookout for unique experiences, I recently had the pleasure of joining Local Sauce Tours on their intriguing Drink & Discover Secret Bar Crawl in Sydney’s vibrant CBD. With a small group of four and an enthusiastic tour guide leading the way, we embarked on an adventure to explore the city’s best-kept secret bars, each offering its own specialty and a tantalizing array of recommended drinks.
So what do you get for AUD $60 (from rate)
• 3 – 4 hour guided activity
• Reservations at 3 – 4 small or hidden bars
• 1 alcoholic drink (beer or wine only)
• Share food (eg fries) at first bar
• Group photos
• Map with recommendations
• Awesome memories and to meet new people (or hang with your mates with a local)
Our journey kicked off at the iconic hidden gem nestled within a heritage-listed building. With its opulent and elegant atmosphere, the bar exudes a sense of grandeur that transports you to another era. The bar’s specialty lies in its classic cocktails, expertly crafted by skilled mixologists. I highly recommend trying their signature Seventh Chord, a delightful concoction that perfectly balances sweetness and sophistication to their James Squire 150 lashes draught beer.
Our next stop took us to the whimsical underground eclectic bar, a cozy and nostalgic establishment that captures the essence of a bygone era. This bar exudes warmth and charm and is decorated with vintage memorabilia and old photographs. Here, you’ll find a wide selection of expertly crafted rum-based cocktails that pay homage to secret recipes. Don’t miss out on their favourite Peanut Butter Colada, a refreshing blend of tropical flavours that will transport you to a sunny Caribbean beach.
The third stop on our secret bar crawl led us to an alley bar, an enchanting establishment specializing in New Orleans-style cocktails and voodoo-inspired libations. The ambience is nothing short of mystical, with dim lighting and quirky decorations adorning the walls. Indulge in their famous 69% Absinthe Grande (French) that captures the spirit of New Orleans, or venture into the realm of the unknown with their experimental potions, like the Zombie cocktail, which packs a powerful punch.
Our final destination on this clandestine adventure was a true hidden gem that combines the spirit of a speakeasy with a modern twist. As you step inside, you’ll be greeted by an atmosphere filled with Latin American flair. Renowned for its inventive tequila and mezcal creations, expertly crafted by passionate mixologists. Be sure to try their signature cocktail, the Smoky Margarita, where the smoky flavours intertwine with the zing of lime, resulting in a truly unique and unforgettable drink.
Local Sauce Tours’ Drink & Discover Secret Bar Crawl through Sydney’s CBD was a fun experience that allowed me to explore hidden gems within the city’s nightlife scene and to meet new people. With our knowledgeable tour guide leading the way, we uncovered remarkable bars, each with its own distinctive specialty and tantalizing range of recommended drinks.
From the timeless elegance to the whimsical charm and the mystical allure to the Latin American vibes, this tour provided a remarkable journey into the secret side of Sydney’s bar scene. Whether you’re a cocktail connoisseur or an adventurous spirit, this bar crawl is a must-try for anyone seeking unforgettable libations and hidden treasures. Flying solo to meet new people to going with a group, cheers to Local Sauce Tours for a fun evening!