The best bars in the South Pacific right now

Some of the best bars in the world can be found in the South Pacific, particularly in Australia, where the weather never dips below freezing and the drinks are always flowing. Though the cocktail scene here is particularly advanced and wonderfully funky, excellent wine and beer bars are aplenty, too. Whether you’re looking for a posh rooftop bar, a super-cool speakeasy or a good old-fashioned gin joint, the best bars in the South Pacific have you covered. Are you thirsty yet? Good, because we’re raising a glass to the finest watering holes in this region of the world.

Best bars in the South Pacific

The best bars in Brisbane

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The best bars in Brisbane

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From tiny bars tucked away in city laneways to casual, kitschy neighbourhood balcony bars, these are all well worth a visit

The best bars in Melbourne

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The best bars in Melbourne

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Bottoms up! We’ve chosen Melbourne’s best bars, whether you’re after a killer craft beer or a textbook cocktail

The best bars in Sydney

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The best bars in Sydney

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Cocktail at Maybe Sammy

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Our definitive pick of Sydney’s best watering holes, where good drinking and good times reign supreme

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