Located at the foot of Australia Square, right in the heart of Sydney’s bustling financial district, Ryan’s Bar is a unique venue that proves popular with office workers, tourists and shoppers. Recently renovated and expanded, Ryan’s Bar has a large indoor area, as well as its famous beer garden and outdoor bar, making it a terrific spot for a cold drink on warm afternoons and balmy evenings.
Established 15 years ago, Ryan’s Bar upon opening quickly gained favour with nearby office workers. Its outdoor area is its most popular aspect and rates as one of the best beer gardens in the CBD. Tables and chairs are spread over a large courtyard that takes up the entire area below the Australia Square building and can seat 2000 people.
A large bar, presided over by an astonishing number of staff, services the beer garden and stocks plenty of beer on tap, a solid wine list and a large selection of spirits. There’s also a bottle-only bar, which is a good idea for when the main bar is packed. The beer garden becomes extremely popular during large sporting events when drinkers can catch all the action on three large TVs. Live entertainment is also on the cards in the courtyard, with Friday nights seeing live acts and DJs transforming Ryan’s Bar into a popular spot to wind down after a long week.
Inside, the newly-refurbished indoor bar can accommodate over 150 people, and is all slick lines and designer furniture. A whopping 15-metre long bar services drinkers and boasts 25 beers on tap, 25 wine and champagne varieties and a succinct cocktail list which covers classics like cosmopolitans, mojitos and bellinis. Also housed inside, a new lounge area has been renovated in the hope of turning Ryan’s Bar into more than just a warm weather bar.
After a few cocktails, the Ryan’s Bar kitchen offers a comforting list of bar and pub favourites to line your stomach. Pizzas are a popular choice and come with various toppings such as spicy Mexican, Szechuan pepper prawn and massaman curry beef. Other pub favourites such as salt and pepper squid, nachos, steak sandwiches, hamburgers and chicken schnitzels are also available.
Ryan’s Bar is at Level 4 Australia Square, 264 – 278 George Street. Opening hours are: Mon-Fri 7am-12 midnight. On the weekend the bar is closed for private functions.