What we'll do
Get ready to explore Sydney's best small bars with a fun group of travellers and locals!
On Tuesdays, we explore Sydney's city centre and on Thursday and Saturday nights we visit Darlinghurst & Surry Hills. Over 3 - 4 hrs, you'll visit some of Sydney's greatest small bars, and finish at a place where you dance the night away with new friends. We stop for drinks at 3 or 4 bars, with 1 drink and some share food provided. As we explore, you'll hear stories of local heroes and villains, crazy but true history and learn a bit about Australian slang and humour too. You may even get to try our new "national dish"!
We'll provide you with a map link to all the bars and places visited throughout the night, plus some extra spots to check out, so do this early in your Sydney stay! If you want to go all-out, choose the "Premium" package which includes 4 drinks, including signature drinks at each bar, such as delicious margaritas and whiskey-based cocktails.
Good food, great bars, fun times & new friends from all over the world - what are you waiting for?!
What to know
Tour days: every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night
- 3 - 4 hour guided activity
- 3 - 4 small or hidden bars
- 1 alcoholic drink
- Share food
- Group photo
- Map with recommendations
Language: Tour is given in easy to understand English. Our guides also speak Mandarin Chinese (contact us to confirm availability).
Perfect for: Solo travellers, couples or small groups. You'll be in a fun and friendly group consisting of locals and travellers.
Group size: 6 - 12 people
Age range: Most participants are in their 20s, 30s and 40s but everyone is welcome - provided you're over 18!
Open Date bookings: must be confirmed at least 3 days in advance.
About your guides
Your guide will normally be me, Justin. I'm a recovering lawyer and the "Head Honcho" of AussieYou. About 3 years ago I quit my corporate job to work in a happier industry - tourism! I love showing people around Sydney and bringing together people from all over the world. Back when I was a lawyer I spent far too much money hunting out the best bars in Sydney, so trust me, I've done my research for this secret bar crawl.
I have also solo travelled all through South America, Europe and Asia, visiting over 40 years. I have previously lived and studied in China - yep, 我会说中文！(I can speak Chinese).
On some weekends my friend Eddie will lead the bar crawls. He's a local boy, an environmental scientist during the week, an expert secret bar crawl leader on the weekend and fluent Mandarin speaker too.
Frequently asked questions
What should I bring? You must bring photo identification (either passport or drivers licence). Overseas drivers licences are acceptable. We recommend bringing some cash as well as a credit card for drink purchases. Expect to spend at least $30 AUD extra per person on drinks.
What should I wear? While we’re not going to any pretentious bars with ridiculous dress codes, make sure you don’t look too daggy or casual. For example, running shoes, thongs (flip-flops), track pants and shorts are not recommended. If you decide to wear shorts, make sure you pair it with a collared shirt. For ladies, stylish sandals are okay, but guys require closed-in shoes. Also no need for heels - we do have a little bit of walking involved between the bars.
Where do we start? For the Sydney CBD route, we start right next to Sydney Town Hall. For the Darlinghurst and Surry Hills route, we meet at a restaurant in Stanley Street, Darlinghurst. We will email you specific meeting point details within 12 hours of booking - so look out for that message.
Where do we finish? For the Sydney CBD route, we finish near Wynyard train station. For the Darlinghurst and Surry Hills route, we finish near Central and Museum train stations. We're not telling you what the final bar is, we want to keep it a surprise for you!
When do we start and finish? The secret bar crawl starts at 6:30 pm and finishes at approximately 10 pm. Although we often go a lot later than that!
What days does the bar crawl operate? We operate every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday nights.
Do you offer gift vouchers? Yes, we do! Select the "Open Date" option when booking, then reply to the booking confirmation email to let us know that it is for someone else. We'll prepare you a customised gift voucher that you can give to them.
Are private tours available? Yes! Private tours are available and can be given in English or Mandarin Chinese. Please contact us for more information.
Who can come? All guests must be over 18 years old.
I don't like drinking. That wasn't really a question, was it? But that's okay, this is not a boozy "backpacker" pub crawl where we do shots at every bar. You can drink a lot or a little, you choose. We've even had non-drinkers join us and have a great time!
- Cancellations made 24 hours or more before the activity starts will receive a full refund.
- No cancellations can be made within 24 hours of the activity.