The World’s Best Bars – Pontoon Bar, Sydney, Australia – Review

Let me start his review by saying if you are looking for a place full of 21+ patrons out to have fun and meet new people then simply put… you have found a home. 

Funnily enough, we ended up at Pontoon Bar by accident. Me and 3 mates were supposed to have a quiet one at the Pyrmont Bridge Hotel, however after a few drinks, we looked for greener pastures. After a quick chat, we deemed that Pontoon was both the closest nightclub and away we went in a semi drunken stupor across the bridge. 

For those who have never seen Pontoon Bar, it is stylish in it’s simplicity. Half the bar is outside, half inside within feet of Darling Harbour and the array of luxury boats dotted on the water. After being interrogated by the bouncers (and we mean interrogated) we were let in and the fun began. ensure you get in. 

The dance floor only kicks off at 10.30pm or so, the great thing about Pontoon Bar is the fact you can still kick back, watch a game of footie, grab a reasonably priced bite to eat and wait in anticipation for the girls to arrive. If you are heading to Pontoon Bar with a group of guys, it is strongly recommended you get there early (8.30pm) and dress smart casual as the bouncers are pretty picky with who they let in. As someone who is a bit of a regular, I can say this is not an effort to be pretentious, rather to prevent violence which used to be overly common at this hotspot. I can say however that those days are over and the only reason people go there now is to have a good time. 

So after a few drinks, the dance floor filled up with a countless sexy girls and we were in heaven. It wasn’t longbefore we hit the dance floor having a great time. As has always been the case with Pontoon Bar, there was a hen’s night going on, which added a little bit of side entertainment to the night. (For some reason, every Saturday there is at least 1 Hen’s night going on here). 

So anyways the rest of the night remains a bit of a blur, however without question the clientele who go to Pontoon Bar are there to have a good time and are definitely not afraid to try and meet someone new (if you know what I mean). The only downer on the night was that the bouncer’s, in an effort to keep the peace are a little bit overzealous, so behave yourselves.

By Ben King For Cargo bar and Hugo’s Lounge