Fodor's Expert Review Eau de Vie
You might have to seek them out but there are quite a few speakeasy-style bars sprinkled around Sydney. Eau de Vie, at the rear of the trendy Kirketon Hotel in Darlinghurst, perfectly fits the bill, especially with its cocktail menu. It's designed as a journey through the theater, with a "Shakespeare" touching on a yuzu mule with vodka, honey, and yuzu curd (A$20). There's also the "Carmen" cocktail from a Night At The Opera, with gin, sherry, and rosemary poured over crushed ice. Drinks are a little pricey, but the bar staff and the patrons are friendly and the jazz-infused music takes the pain out of the bill. There's a bar snack menu, too.