It's been just 10 years since state parliament passed the small bar legislation, but what a revolution it's sparked. Tour Darlinghurst on a Friday or Saturday and the streets are alive with happy punters hopping from bar to bar. There are several dozen good places for a drink, each with their own atmosphere and personality. Here are our favourites, from immaculately maintained cocktail bars to grungy pubs.

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Shady Pines Saloon

A taxidermy-filled den that's equally about well-made cocktails and straight spirits, bourbon particularly.

Shop 4 256 Crown Street, Darlinghurst

Big Poppa’s

Italian food, drinks and hip-hop served until 3am. Yes.

96 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
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Pocket Bar

A bustling Darlo watering hole and one of the original small bars.

13 Burton St, Darlinghurst

Love, Tilly Devine

An intimate vibe and 300-strong wine list make this one a date-night home run.

91 Crown Lane, Darlinghurst

This Must Be The Place

This bright, Scandinavian-look space is the antithesis of dark and mysterious cocktail bars. The drinks are creative, but avoid showy tricks or gimmicks in favour of balanced, considered and seasonal ingredients.

239 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Bitter Phew

A world-class beer bar. Enough said.

1/137 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

The Taphouse

A charming exposed-brick boozer complete with rooftop garden.

122 Flinders Street, Darlinghurst

Odd Culture

This bar specialises in sour beer and natural wine.

Level 2 122 Flinders Street, Darlinghurst

Darlo Bar

A terrific corner pub.

306 Liverpool St, Darlinghurst

The Flinders

A refurbished live-music favourite, with pizzas and pool tables.

65 Flinders Street, Darlinghurst

Club 77

Drink, dance, shoot pool and snack on Eastern Europe’s finest.

77 William Street , Darlinghurst

The Cliff Dive

A late-night tiki bar, dancehall and tuckshop by those behind Tio's.

16-18 Oxford Square, Darlinghurst

The Long Goodbye

Inventive cocktails served fast.

1 83 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst

Sir Allen Taylor & Co

An alfresco bar from the owner of Tuxedo and Kansas City Shuffle.

191 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

The East Village

An upmarket, three-storey pub from the Goodtimes Hospitality Group.

234 Palmer Street, Darlinghurst

Della Hyde

A Wes Anderson-inspired bar with pastel walls and cocktails to boot.

34 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Ching-a-lings

No sign, no fancy cocktails, but lots of locals at this Oxford Street hideaway.

Level 1 133 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Darlo Country Club

The Darlo Country Club could be a Sydney après-work institution.

235 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst

Middlebar

The gin flows freely at this Darlinghurst venue that tips its hat to Old Havana.

2/383 Bourke Street, Darlinghurst

Bloody Mary’s

Ten different varieties to try.

332 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst

The Owl House

It's a bar, but trust us, you'll want to stay for dinner.

97 Crown Street, Darlinghurst

Apothecary

A cocktail-only establishment offering a three-course drink experience.

229 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst