You don’t need to drive all over Sydney to enjoy a tasty tipple or two: Parramatta plays host to a selection of wines, beers and cocktails that rival the world’s best. On any given night, you can enjoy creative cocktails and some of the best drops the land down under has to offer while you feast on inspired and delicious food from across the world.
Winner of the Best Neighbourhood Bar Award for 2018, it's no wonder this underground bar is a favourite among the locals. Stumble across this gem and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a Lower East Side New York bar - Parramatta’s first small bar situated under the City Centre carpark on Horwood Place. Paying homage to the best of the U.S, Uncle Kurt's features tasty fare on the menu like the double smoked dawg, a hotdog layered with American mustard, ketchup and Russian sauce. Try their signature Espresso Martini or Young Henrys Newtowner Pale Ale that comes on tap.
Beneath City Centre Carpark, Horwood Place, Parramatta; Open Tuesday - Thursday 4.00pm to 10.00pm, Friday 4.00pm to 12.00am, Saturday 6.00pm to 12.00am.
A slice of downtown Cuba in downtown Parramatta; Coco Cubano brings the flashy Latino spirit with its lively tapas, cocktails and wine bar to Sydney's Central City. The quirky fitout, loud music and Caribbean cuisine hark back to Old Havana, and guarantee a festive night out. Rum is, of course, a staple on the drinks list, along with margaritas, mojitos, espresso martinis, Cuban wine and craft beers. If you’re in for the long haul, order some share plates from their dinner and tapas menu.
302 Church Street, Parramatta; Open Sunday - Wednesday 7.00am to 10.00pm, Thursday 7.00am to 11.00pm, Friday & Saturday 7.00am to 12.00am.
Winston Hills Hotel
Affectionately known as The Winston, Winston Hills Hotel’s expansive outdoor terrace is the perfect spot to enjoy a drink with friends on a sunny afternoon. Sparkling, white, pink, and reds are on the menu and have been sourced from some of Australia’s best vineyards. With enthusiastic staff eager to make their vino recommendations, you’re sure to leave with a new favourite tipple. Don’t forget to order tasty finger foods from their share menu.
168 Caroline Chisholm Drive, Winston Hills; Open Sunday - Wednesday 10.00am to 10.00pm, Thursday 10.00am to 1.30am, Friday & Saturday 10.00am to 3.00am.
The Emporium Parramatta
A stylish assemblage of local and international wines, along with inventive cocktails and happy bubbles, await you at The Emporium Parramatta. The rustic Italian fit-out is a fitting backdrop to enjoy a night of fine wining and dining at one of the chicest spots in Parramatta. Whether you’re seated indoors or outdoors, the provincial ambience and picturesque foliage will make you feel like you’re at a Tuscan vineyard. Premium and delicately aged whites and reds grace the comprehensive wine list, proving that The Emporium folk certainly know their vino. Pairing a bottle with a selection of their cold and warm signature bites, will leave you wanting to come back again and again.
51 Phillip Street, Parramatta; Open Monday - Friday 7.00am to 10.00pm, Saturday & Sunday 8.30am to 10.00pm.
Celebrate the end of the working week with a chic martini at Bar:30. Located on the ground floor of the Parkroyal Parramatta, Bar:30 has all the comforts you’d expect from a stylish hotel bar. Signature cocktails, fine Australian wines, tasty tapas, and plush décor make unwinding or chitchatting with friends an easy feat. Bar:30 has regular live music nights for even more relaxing wining and dining.
30 Phillip Street, Parramatta; Open daily 11.30am to late.
Port Bar Restaurant
If you prefer to sip your wine with water views, Port Bar Restaurant won’t disappoint. A tranquil waterside setting is on offer at the outdoor bar and restaurant that’s located on the banks of Parramatta River and neighbouring parklands. Stop in to enjoy the warmth of the sun on a lazy afternoon or sip some French bubbly on date night. Port Bar’s thoughtful a la carte menu ensures you won’t have to go elsewhere for a delicious feed.
36 Charles Street, Parramatta; Open Monday - Friday 9.00am to 10.00pm, Saturday & Sunday 8.00am to 10.00pm.
Bavarian Bier Cafe
A shrine to steins, Parramatta’s Bavarian Bier Cafe is a beer-lovers dream. Possibly the biggest beer garden in Parramatta, and definitely the only one housed in a beautiful former church, the sprawling Bavarian-themed restaurant and bar has indoor and outdoor seating, gourmet menus, an extensive wine list and even more extensive beer list. The Bavarian’s pure bier menu has over 30 crafted brews to choose from including pale ales, amber ales, lagers and more. If you’re in the mood for something more exotic, their wines and cocktails list will fit the bill. So the next time you're craving a beer and a bagel, you know where to go.
2-8 Phillip Street, Parramatta; Open Monday - Thursday 11.00am to 11.00pm, Friday & Saturday 11.00am to 1.00am, Sunday 11.00am to 10.00pm.