Set overlooking Darling Harbour, Cargo Bar remains a favourite meeting spot for Sydneysiders who flock to the harbourside mainstay to catch up for a few drinks, or to keep the party going long into the night. Whether downstairs in the sunny courtyard or upstairs on the balcony, Cargo Bar offers spectacular views, cold drinks and good times.
Established in 2000, and located in the swish King Street Wharf complex, Cargo Bar has quickly established itself as serious player in the after-work and weekend catch-up market. The venue officially is split in two, with the downstairs bar and courtyard called Cargo Bar, and the upstairs section, which primarily serves as a nightclub, known as Cargo Lounge.
The downstairs section consists of a large harbourside courtyard and an indoor area with a massive bar and booth-style seating. The transition between indoor and outdoor is seamless, meaning that even inside, patrons can feel the cool breezes and watch the sunset to the west. In fair weather, outside is usually the most popular place to and the tables can fill up very quickly. Cargo Bar’s location and popularity ensures it can get very busy.
Cargo Lounge bills itself as a little bit slicker and more exclusive. In the afternoons the terrace fills with drinkers, while come nightfall, a rotating roster of DJs and live musicians perform for patrons. Cargo Lounge stays open late seven days a week and has entertainment every night, making it a particularly popular spot for party animals to gather.
At the bar, there is a large range of beers on tap and plenty of favourites by the bottle. The wine list covers all of the major varieties. The cocktail list is also pretty impressive and runs to the sweeter and more summery flavours. There’s a watermelon and rose sling, minted passionfruit martini or a pear and caramel daiquiri. The to-share cocktails, served in carafes, are also popular and although fairly light, make a good choice on a balmy evening. Classics such as mojitos, daiquiris and martinis are also popular as the evening wears on.
Cargo Bar also has some good choices for filling your stomach as you sip your cocktail. Pizzas are the most popular option and are great if you’re with a group. There are also plenty of pub favourites such as steak sandwiches, burgers and salads on the menu.
Cargo Bar is located as 52-60 The Promenade, King Street Wharf, City. Opening hours are: Sun-Thu 12 noon-12 midnight; Fri-Sat 12 noon-4am.