Beta Bar is the chic, younger sister to Peter Conistis’ Alpha. Situated one floor above the acclaimed restaurant in Sydney’s Hellenic Club, on the surface Beta Bar looks like an unfinished renovation of a Victorian building. But there’s no need to wear a hard hat. Plush furnishings in warm teals and turquoise bring a cosiness to the uncovered high ceilings and stripped-back archways that frame the softly lit concrete bar and the exposed staircase behind it. Featuring a meze menu that breathes life into old classics (the “Horiatiki” Greek salad with cucumber and tomato sorbet, fetta jelly, candied olives and “papara” dressing admittedly takes some getting used to) and Aegean-inspired cocktails (try the Mahi, with spiced vanilla rum, Greek honey, lime and sparkling rosé), Beta is a hip and intimate lounge that’s perfect for beginning your night with a few drinks and a light bite.