Good Food Guide 2022: The It List - five new Sydney bars

La Salut bar in Redfern.
La Salut bar in Redfern. Photo: Nikki To

Five new Sydney bars for a catch-up cocktail. Check out our full list of 50.

La Salut

Redfern's The Norfolk House and Hotel has a new wine bar from the team behind Love Tilly Devine, Ragazzi and Dear Sainte Eloise. The 40-seater is all about natural Spanish wines and small plates. The Norfolk's bottleshop also features a line-up curated by La Salut.

305 Cleveland St, Redfern,

Bar La Salut in Redfern.

Bar La Salut in Redfern. Photo: Wolter Peeters

Menzies Bar

A tribute to the once grand Menzies hotel, this bar is part of the ambitious Shell House project. A smart cocktail list features drinks such as the black cat fever – cognac, bourbon, dubonnet, oloroso and PX sherries, salted maple and cocoa nib. Jazzzzz.

37 Margaret St, Sydney, 02 8262 8888, menzies-bar

Menzies Bar at Shell House.

Menzies Bar at Shell House. Photo: Supplied

Odd Culture

Happy Chef is dead. Long live Happy Chef. In its place is a brand-new venue from the Odd Culture crew (The Duke of Enmore, The Oxford Tavern, The Old Fitzroy). Expect two levels of wild fermented fun, from beer to wine to cocktails.


256 & 266 King St, Newtown, 02 8317 3057,

Odd Culture bar opening night in King St, Newtown.

Odd Culture bar in King Street, Newtown. Photo: Supplied

Paski Vineria Apopolare

This partnership between Giorgio De Maria (Giorgio De Maria Fun Wines), Mattia Dicati (Vino Mito Wine Imports) and chef Enrico Tomelleri (Ragazzi, Alberto's Lounge, 10 William St), is inspired by Italy's bottegas and enotecas. Find this multilevel juggernaut of vinous proportions on the old This Must Be The Place site, redesigned by architect Jad Silvester. Yowza.

239 Oxford St, Darlinghurst,

Piccolo Bar

The beloved Kings Cross espresso bar lives again thanks to a smart renovation. You'll find a range of aperitivi and snacks to match: pork and pistachio terrine, Ortiz anchovies and an LP's frankfurt hot dog.

6 Roslyn St, Potts Point,

Piccolo Bar in Kings Cross.

Piccolo Bar in Kings Cross. Photo: Supplied

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This article features in the Good Food Guide 2022 magazine, published on November 30 with presenting partners Citi and Vittoria Coffee, and free with The Sydney Morning Herald. Also on sale from December 7 in newsagents and supermarkets.