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Apart from good restaurants and cafes to satisfy every craving you have, Coogee also has a long list of bars and pubs. Chill and grab post-surf drinks or party it up until the wee hours of the morning. Whatever your choice of drink is, below are the best Coogee bars you can visit for a glass or two (or six)! We also included five bars in Randwick, a suburb just outside of Coogee, as a bonus for those times you want to explore outside the coastal suburb.   


Best Coogee Bar: FNKY

Take a trip to FNKY, where they proudly embrace the unconventional. Their establishment is a harmonious blend of rustic charm, eclectic treasures, and a laid-back vibe that exudes charm. Perfection is not the goal; their focus is on providing guests with an environment of carefree relaxation and delight. 

Guests can indulge in expertly crafted cocktails, savor delectable tapas, groove to infectious FNKY tunes, play a game or two of pool, or unwind on plush couches. When you choose to join them at the best bar in Coogee, you’re stepping into a unique and welcoming world where unforgettable experiences are their specialty. They eagerly await the opportunity to introduce you to their exceptional brand of hospitality.

FNKY Bar in Coogee Beach, Australia
FNKY © courtesy of FNKY

Location: 186 Arden St, Coogee NSW 2034, Australia
Contact: +61 2 9315 7888 | Website | Menu
Hours: Monday and Tuesday: Closed. Wednesday and Thursday: 4 pm-10 pm. Friday – 4 pm-12 am. Saturday – 12 pm-12 am. Sunday – 12 pm-9 pm.

Coogee Bars Best Atmosphere: Coogee Pavilion

Google “drinks in Coogee” and the first thing that will pop-up on your screen is this enormous and trendy restaurant and bar with the best sweeping ocean views. The ground floor is open to all kinds of people, families with children included. It serves burgers, pizzas, salads and a variety of seafood dishes. It also has a giant Scrabble board, a ping-pong table, and a small theatre. When you go upstairs on the Coogee Pavilion Rooftop, it becomes an adult-only destination with a view that will knock you out of your chair. Visit on weekdays between 5 pm and 7 pm for $15 pizzas, $7 pints and $6 schooners. Their recently-opened Pimm’s Oyster House also has a happy hour between 2 pm and 4 pm every Friday to Sunday and offers a Pimm’s cup and two oysters for $14.

Coogee Bars Best Atmosphere: Coogee Pavilion - Best Coogee Bars & Pubs: Guide to Sydney Nightlife at the Beach
Coogee Pavilion © Courtesy of Merivale

Location169 Dolphin St, Coogee NSW – VIEW MAP
Contact: +61 2 9114 7321 | Menu | Facebook
Hours: Sunday – Thursday from 7:30 am to 12 am. Friday and Saturday from 7:30 am to 3 am.

Coogee Best Alfresco Bar: Coogee Bay Hotel

A known local favorite, the Coogee Bay Hotel has been welcoming visitors since 1875. It has the perfect location – just a few steps away from the sandy shore, giving you the calming sound of the crashing waves. It’s an accommodation and event venue in one. But the real gems here are its alfresco beer garden, beach bar, sports bar and Arden lounge. Yes, you read that right: four bars on the premises. What more could you ask for?

Contact: +61 2 9665 0000 | Website | Facebook
Hours: Go here for the hours of each bar – The Garden, Beach Bar, Sports Bar and Arden Lounge.

Coogee Beach Best Live Music Bar: Little Jack Horner

You already know it serves good food, and that it’s right next to the beautiful Coogee beach. But what makes this splendid little place even more special is how it turns into a cool bar at night. People go here for the live music every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Another big draw is the weekday happy hour: $12 cocktails from 8:30 pm to 10 pm. Don’t be surprised if you see people happily dancing on a Sunday afternoon. Get your party pants on and join in on the fun!

Location270-274 Coogee Bay Rd, Coogee NSW
Contact: +61 2 9665 5160 | Website | Facebook
Hours: Daily from 6 am to 12 am

Coogee Beach Best Happy Hour: Coogee Diggers

This is a membership club in Coogee worth visiting. If you don’t know a member who can sign you in, you can show an ID that proves you don’t live in the area, allowing you to sign up. If you’re interested, the annual membership with Coogee Diggers only costs $10, which gives you access to four bars on the premises. Enjoy some popular live music at The Bunker, which serves beers and American style food. Bask in the sunshine and fresh air at the Main Bar, sip on an ice cold brew at the Beer Garden or catch a footy game at the Sports Bar. As a member, you also get a 15% discount on all drinks and $4.50 happy hour drinks every Monday to Friday, 4 to 6 pm.

LocationCarr St & Byron St, Coogee NSW
Contact: +61 2 9665 4466 | Website | Facebook

Coogee Best Mexican Food Bar: Beach Burrito Company

Another one from our Coogee’s Best Eats list – the Beach Burrito Company is the perfect place for some casual drinks. After you’ve filled up on amazing Mexican food, you can start with a piña colada, a refreshing sangria, or a bucket of beers. No matter what you choose, you’ll surely be thirstin’ for more. Take advantage of their happy hour and other promos such as Frozen Margarita Fridays and Sangria Sundays. They also have regular live music performances in the evening to spice things up!

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Beach Burrito Company © Courtesy of Beach Burrito

Location3/260 Coogee Bay Rd, Coogee NSW – VIEW MAP
Contact: +61 2 9665 6932 | Facebook | Website
Hours: Daily from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Coogee Best Tequila & Mezcals Bar: Roca Mexican Cantina

If you’re looking for more traditional Mexican food and drinks, then head to Roca, a Day of the Dead themed restaurant. The relaxed and laidback space combines bright décor with colorful sugar skulls, common during this famous Mexican festival. But the real star of this place is the bar that’s stocked with over 50 kinds of tequila and mezcals from all over the world. Surely, you can find something that suits your taste. You can also sample their wines from Australia, Spain, and Argentina or their selection of Mexican beers.

Location31 Alfreda St, Coogee NSW – VIEW MAP
Contact: +61 424 123 586
NOTE: Currently closed for renovations

Coogee Beach Best Bar With a View: Barzura

This restaurant, café, and bar rolled into one has breathtaking ocean views that are pretty hard to beat. You get front view access to glittering white sand, splashing waves, and a salty breeze. Perfect for those laidback post-surf drinks, its bar has an exceptional list of beers, cocktails, spirits, and wines. It’s also quite popular with the locals so you can meet some new people and enjoy your sundown session with a friend.  

Location62 Carr St, Coogee NSW – VIEW MAP
Contact: +61 2 9665 5546 | Facebook | Website
Hours: Daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Coogee Beach Best Local Bar: Coogee Legion Club

Founded after World War II, this membership club in Coogee was meant to provide fellowship and friendship between ex-servicemen and women. To enter, you can either get yourself signed in by a member or just produce an ID that proves that you live beyond 5km of the club. Once inside, you can go straight to the balcony and grab a table which gives you an unbelievable ocean vantage point. With reasonably-priced bites and drinks, the Coogee Legion Club is exactly what you need to enjoy an Aussie arvo like a local.

Location200 Arden St, Coogee NSW
Contact: +61 2 9665 5151 | Website | Facebook
Hours: Daily from 11 am to 12 am

Best Bar for Groups: Clovelly Hotel

Brightly-lit and well-designed, this pub is definitely a beachside favorite among locals and tourists. You can choose to stay on the rustic-themed ground floor, the hip and colorful bistro, the industrial-chic lounge bar or the popular airy beer garden with a huge leafy magnolia tree smacked in the middle. For drinks, the Frose All Day and the Budgie Smuggler will not let you down. And if you’re in the mood for some sharing, the Beach Bum Punch is light and refreshing, yet lives up to its name by packing a huge punch!

Location381 Clovelly Rd, Clovelly NSW – VIEW MAP
Contact: +61 2 9665 1214 | Website | Facebook
Hours: Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 12 am, Sunday from 10 am to 10 pm

Best Beer Bar: The DOG Hotel, Randwick

With a whopping 59 craft and local beers on tap, it’s really difficult not to have a good time at this popular and massive Randwick pub. It’s divided into three sections: Public Bar, Duke’s Bistro, and Courtyard Bar. If you’re not a big beer drinker, they also have a wide list of wines and playful cocktails to get you in a good mood. Get all your mates together for a fun night after some city tours or bbeach-lazing Watch out for their awesome daily specials, like the $12 pizzas on Thursdays and 2 for 1 deals on Tuesdays. You can also show off your quick wit and pop culture smarts on Wednesday during their Trivia Night and celebrate your win with more food and beers.

Location2 St Marks Rd, Randwick NSW – VIEW MAP
Contact: +61 2 9398 2682 | Website | Facebook
Hours: Monday to Wednesday from 10 am to 12 am, Thursday from 10 am to 1 am, Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 2 am, Sunday from 10 am to 11 pm

Best Menu: The Cookhouse, Randwick

As soon as you enter this pub, your eyes will be drawn to the sandstone walls – proof of this establishment’s history which dates back to 1850. But The Cookhouse is far from being an old and dated drinking hole. It has an impressive menu filled with excellent pub food and a long list of craft beers, spirits, cocktails and wines. Unlike most pubs, it has no television or pokies to distract you. All you need are good music, great company and a drink in hand.

Location141 Belmore Rd, Randwick NSW – VIEW MAP
Contact: +61 2 9399 9660 | Website | Facebook
Hours: Monday to Thursday from 12 pm to 10:30 pm, Friday and Saturday from 12 pm to 12 am, Sunday from 12 pm to 10 pm

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© Courtesy of The Cookhouse

Royal Hotel, Randwick

This one’s quite special as it’s a National Trust building built in 1887. It also offers accommodations to weary travelers but what really draws the crowd here are the three bars and the bistro. The outdoor patio looks out to the Highcross Park and is decked out with pretty white lights making it a perfect destination if you want to just chill out for the evening.

Location2 Perouse Rd, Randwick NSW – VIEW MAP
Contact: +61 2 9399 3006 | Website | Facebook

Best Beer Garden: Coach and Horses Hotel, Randwick

This pub has maintained its charming old style, but has also incorporated modern facilities. It’s no wonder Coach and Horses has remained one of the most iconic pubs in Sydney. It has three bars — lounge bar, beer garden and the sports bar — ready to serve the thirsty. Happy hour is on weekdays, between 5 pm to 7 pm, when Carlton Draught schooners are sold for only $4.20. If you’re lucky to be there at the right time, the pub also holds regular sporting events, karaoke nights and poker nights.

Location147 Avoca St, Randwick – VIEW MAP
Contact: +61 2 9399 3005 | Website
Hours: Monday to Thursday from 10 am to 4 am, Friday from 10 am to 6 am, Saturday from 9 am to 5 am, Sunday from 10 am to 12 am

Best Tapas and Cocktail Bar: Del Punto, Randwick

A piece of Barcelona in the middle of Sydney’s eastern suburb, Del Punto serves some of the best tapas and cocktails in The Spot. You will enjoy the fun and vibrant atmosphere and the selection of margaritas, martinis, sangria and other signature cocktails. Happy hour is on weekdays, between 5 pm and 7 pm, but the food and drinks are too good, you won’t ever want to leave. Always buzzing and full of energy, Del Punto will keep you coming back.

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Del Punto, Randwick © Courtesy of Del Punto

Location40 St Pauls St, Randwick NSW – VIEW MAP
Contact: +61 2 9398 2027 | Website | Facebook
Hours: Daily from 12 pm to 11 pm

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