Ask any bar manager about the changing landscape of the Sydney bar scene, and the first thing they will tell you is that although Sydneysiders go out with friends far less than they used to, the number of people going to bars for a first date is at an all-time high. Much of this can be attributed to the removal of societal stigmas previously associated with dating methods including: Speed Dating, Online dating sites, and mobile dating apps. Sydney residents can now finally fully embrace their search for love without the fear of being judged by peers.
We count down the Top 5 bars for a memorable first date in Sydney
Mr Fox – Surrey Hills
If you’re looking to combine a few drinks with Mediterranean tapas, then Mr Fox may be a great choice for a first date in Sydney. However, the food and service at Mr Fox is notoriously hit or miss, so it may be best to play it safe and stick with the wide selection of cocktails on offer.
Low 302 – Surrey Hills
Low 302 is a perfect location for a relaxed first date away from the commotion of the Sydney CBD. Sit back and relaxed on the extremely comfy couches throughout the venue, while listening to a live jazz band.
Button Bar – Surrey Hills
Hidden behind a discrete red door, Button Bar is a quintessentially Melbourne styled small bar located in Sydney’s affluent Surrey Hills. The bar is equipped with intimate private booths, dark moody lighting, and unique subtle nautical themed décor. Button Bar is a best suited to a weekday first date, as the small nature of the venue means it can becomes noisy on weekends.
Papa Gedes – Sydney CBD
A Voodoo themed bar, with a name sounding more like a pizza shop than a bar, may seem like the worst possible choice for a first date. However, hidden beneath the corporate crowd of Kent Street, Papa Gedes Bar has an intimate warm atmosphere, friendly bartenders, an extensive selection of cocktails, and is perfectly suited to a relaxed weekday date after work.
Jangling Jacks – Potts Point
Having opened its doors only months ago Jangling Jacks is unknown to most, which only adds to its allure. Vintage lampshades with green tinted lighting, stained wooden panels along the walls, and European rugs covering wooden floorboards pay homage to the classic sophistication of the early 30’s. Jangling Jack’s is our standout choice for the best first date bar in Sydney.