It’s the fourth annual Time Out Bar Awards in Sydney tonight (24 Oct) and it promises to be one raucous bash in the Australian party capital, as the Time Out team launch their new 2012 Bar Guide.

The event takes place at the new Taylor Square venue, The Standard. Look out for classy cocktails, a one-off pop-up restaurant run by Sydney restaurant owner John Fink (Quay, Otto) and entertainment from burlesque acts and bands.

But we at Hg2 didn’t want to feel left out, so we’ve compiled our out best Sydney bars hit list for our readers. In no particular order, other than their our top tips for a top tipple around Sydney.

Hippest Hidey-Hole
Tucked away, out of  range of most GPS’s, the tiny basement bar that is Grasshopper is a well-kept secret by the laid back clientele. Luckily Hg2’s radar at finding the coolest places to hang still seems to be working.

Read the Hg2 Grasshopper bar review

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Grasshopper bar is one of Sydney's best-kept secrets.

Quaffiest Cocktail Lounge
Zeta is like stepping into a Moroccan harem, with its exotic fabrics, low-lighting and sexy hostesses. But the cocktails being shaken are a veritable journey around the globe, with the best of every flavour and fusion shaken to perfection by teh bar’s expert mixologists.

Read the Hg2 Zeta bar review

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Zeta in the Hilton Sydney serves some of the best cocktails in the city.

Savviest Wine Bar
Sydneysiders are extraordinarily savvy with regard to wine, and no where is that more evident than Bambini Wine Room. This is where the cool crowd congregate to enjoy a Euro-centric wine list and themselves!

Read the Hg2 Bambini Wine Room review

Bambini Wine Room

Bambini Wine Room is the place where Sydney's media moguls meet.

Fave Al-Fresco Bar
Why sit indoors when you can enjoy the view from Opera Bar. Apart from a truly devastating view from the foot of  Sydney’s top landmark, this top venue also serves great food and drinks that will make you sing with delight!

Read the Hg2 Opera Bar review

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Outdoor Hedonists sit on the concourse of the Opera House in Opera Bar.

Ultimate Hedonist’s Haunt
The steeliest party-animals head for the world’s first Absinthe Salon. Drink the green goo like a pro under the expert tuition of the bar’s owners. With only nine tables and a capacity of 30, this is a rare and unique gem on the Sydney bar scene.

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A spoonful of sugar makes the alcohol go down at the Absinthe Salon in Sydney.

Read the Hg2 Absinthe Salon review

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