The Lobo

4.7
45 reviews
$41 to $100
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
The Lobo is without a doubt, one of the coolest places to eat, drink and be (very) merry in Sydney.
Inspired by Julio Lobo, the last Cuban sugar baron, we are a stylish and charming bar that is all about rum, good vibes, high-quality cocktails, and moreish small bites inspired by Cuban, Central and South American cuisines.
Tucked away on Clarence Street in the CBD, you’ll find The Lobo located in a basement where the cocktails are creative, fresh and mostly rum-based. Our rum selection is 300-bottles strong and the menu goes perfectly alongside.
If all this sounds up your alley, grab your crew and head to The Lobo. It’s a cosy and intimate spot though, so reservations are recommended to avoid disappointment.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 45 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.1
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.2
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Girly
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5food2service5ambience5

Great and friendly staff. Drinks range was great. More nibble food needed

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TaraK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience3

Very disappointed with the revised cocktail menu. Please bring back the rude boy cocktail :)

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MuzzaG
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

incredible product knowledge, great ambiance / atmosphere.
We will be back ..

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Kate
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff are so hospitable & personable, made our experience so lovely!

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TessC
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very good atmosphere, amazing service and great drinks

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SandraH
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have a wonderful night celebrating
an 18th birthday.
Perfect way to start an evening with amazing cocktails and loved the music!!
Felt like we’re away on holidays !!
Will be back !

CS
ClaudiaS
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great cocktails! Empanadas are awesome too. Can't fault this place.

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ELISEB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, great staff, great drinks - one of my favourite places to go!

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Lubylou4
London
11 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We attended in a group of 8 ladies and we had a fab evening! All the team members that we came into contact with were really nice and they made it fun. Cocktails were great and food was good too! Thank you for such a great evening! Lucy

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JessW
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Had a great time! Awesome setting! Will def be back!!

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BronteBather
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great looking interiors and the staff were very friendly and helpful. The music was too loud for 6pm though - as there's no dancing a more lounge bar vibe would have suited us

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Samuel
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

An interesting venue with good ambience. The drinks are very rum focussed and there isn’t a big variety - but that is by design, being a rum venue. Overall, the empanadas were pretty average. The drinks were good but not overly memorable. It’s a solid 3/5 place that I wouldn’t necessarily go out of my way to recommend.

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Janet
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks great empanadas (bit of a delay with the empanadas but that's alright) obviously not the cheapest bar, but everything was wonderful overall

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DianaK
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Amazing staff, venue and ambience. A hidden gem in our city. Will return.

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Alex
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

I appreciated the constant refill of tap water! Excellent night out, thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. We will be back!

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saule
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a wonderful venue. Great evening and I will be back

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RocioF
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff at the el lobo is incredible, friendly and with excellent energy. Cocktails and food were amazing too. We will come back for sure.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

NC
NikitaC
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Enjoyed the ambience of the place and the cocktails. I will definitely come back again..

MW
MacW
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Quality in every way! Special thanks to bartender Remy who provided awesome service

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ThomasD
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Hi Team, one thing I will mention is that the service was very slow. It took about 15 minutes from when we ordered to receive the drinks. I understand it does take longer for cocktails, but we only ordered two out of the five drinks we ordered . Also given how quiet it was, would say the bar was only 50% full at the time, the speed of the service wasnt good enough.

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KireT
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome atmosphere and service.... great cocktails!!

The Lobo
Responded on 21 October 2020

Thanks so much for the great review, KireT!

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SarahN
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Amazing cocktails in particular the Bacardi spiced ones they were awesome as was the service.

The Lobo
Responded on 16 October 2020

Thanks so much for your feedback, Sarah! Please come back for some more cocktails soon! Love Team Lobo x

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Kristin
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Awesome cocktails, no short cuts, delivered on the promise

The Lobo
Responded on 16 October 2020

Thanks so much for your lovely feedback, Kristin. We can't wait to welcome you back soon! Love Team Lobo x

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NicoleM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibes, beautiful decor, fun staff with great service and a smile, and surprisingly good food for a small bites menu. Highly recommend for special occasions. Great cocktails!

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AngusH
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service, staff couldn't do enough for us. Cocktails were excellent. All of my mates had a great time including those who'd never usually set foot in a place as nice as this.

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YvonneC
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wanted somewhere special with a good vibe for a pretreated drink and meal and this little bar was exactly right. Great ambiance very attentive service and the best cocktails I’ve ever had made with a bit of theatre lighting the cinnamon stick for their signature spicy rum cocktail. Food was very tasty but portions a bit on the small side. Would definitely recommend this bar.

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AnitaS
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant appears to be closed permanently. Turning up for our booking, there was nothing there.

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ThiagoM
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great cocktails, music, atmosphere, and service! An excellent choice to surprise someone with a new bar.

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LiaKim
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The service and drinks were great! However it’s quite loud and dark which we didn’t mind at first but got abit much after a little while. Overall a fun bar!

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MichaelO
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue with excellent service. Ambience is just right for small groups, food is good and the cocktails are fantastic. Overall, had a great time

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DaveC
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cool bar, great lighting, excellent cocktails, good service. Hit the spot!

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RichardD
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Fun, lively underground bar. Kinda loud, but I'm kinda old! Cool and quirky.

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PaigeM
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2018
Overall4food2service5ambience5

I chose Lobo for a weeknight catch up with two work friends because I knew it would be atmospheric and casual. This was a great decision after previously visiting Lobo on a crowded saturday night. The cocktails were delicious, with excellent friendly bar staff who made us feel welcomed but I'm afraid the food didn't meet the same standard. We were most disappointed by the size of the portion of the chicken wings that did not reflect the price. Otherwise a marvelous evening.

KB
KateB
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Have the chocolate chocolate and the delish sandwich

TK
TommyK
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lobo Plantation is a wonderful place for people to gather together and enjoy a variety of wonderful cocktails. I have taken plenty of people there because the staff treat you warmly and with respect.

The drinks may be a little pricey but the quality of the drink and the service makes it all worth it. This is a place you bring friends or a hot date to. the atmosphere is so distinct you feel like you are being swept away to another world like Alice travelling to wonderland.

You have not tried a properly made cocktail till you have been to Lobo Plantation. From sweet passionfruit drinks to the tastiest of rum cocktails, there is something for everyone.

The only thing I would suggest is that the sound be turned down, it makes it difficult to communicate with a group when the music is too loud. HAving said thaat, they play some beautiful music that you just have to listen to! I will be returning to Lobos soon!

MW
MiaW
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2018
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Everything was wonderful as per usual, I have been here approxiamately 5 times the past 6 months and every time i have been amazed at the high level of friendly service. I came on Saturday to celebrate a friends 21st and the waitress *clearly on a trial i hope* I found to be very dissapointing, did not serve our booked table for 15minutes and we were the only table in the service area! Thanks, Mia.

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Winkielovesfood
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

great atmosphere for catching up with friends. nice cocktails options available plus great wine choices. It's definitely a hidden gem in the CBD.

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Michelle
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing rum selection, great cocktails, awesome atmosphere! While the food menu is limited, everything we had was delicious.

FAQs

The Lobo is rated 4.7 stars by 45 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.