Sydney bar scene: Eau de Vie

Sydney bar Eau de Vie is all about the cocktails. A place to go if you want to take your time experimenting with different drinks and getting to know your bartender well, it may be well hidden but it's worth the hunt. Warm, classic, and nostalgic, Eau de Vie is one of Sydney's well-kept secrets.

Sydney cafe scene: Gertrude & Alice

Named after Gertrude Stein and Alice Tolkas, Gertrude & Alice is a haven for book lovers and foodies alike. A relaxed hybrid of bookstore and cafe, it wins for its ambiance and creativity above all else. Read the full review after the break.

Sydney bar scene: The Baxter Inn

Nestled off an unmarked alleyway in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, The Baxter Inn is like a warm hug on a chilly day. The jazz age vibe bounces off the brick walls and flows through the speakers - but with over 300 varieties of whiskeys available, there's more to captivate your attention that the music. Read on for the full review.