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Rooftop bars


Views from the top

Sydney’s rooftop bars are a highlight summer experience, offering uninterrupted views of the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the city skyline - the perfect place to relax and enjoy a chilled beer, wine or cocktail in the sunshine.

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Rooftop bars and dining

Courtyard at Ivy. Image Murray Fredericks for Merivale

Balmy summer nights in Sydney are perfect for rooftop entertaining. The Glenmore is a local favourite that sits on top of a heritage-listed building at The Rocks and offers uninterrupted views of Sydney Harbour and the Sydney Opera House. The Rook on York Street is another firm favourite serving lobsters, burgers and liquor.

If you’re into glamour, The Ivy Pool Club is the place to be – and be seen. Lounge in a poolside cabana and sip on a cocktail – all in the centre of the city.

Hilton Sydney's Zeta Bar serves numerous cocktails inspired by international flavours from Sydney, New York, Milan and Puerto Rico. Woollahra Hotel's The Terrace invites casual diners with daily $12 specials. Also check out Hotel Sweeneys on Clarendon Street, a hidden surprise at the top of a tall pub. 

The Sugarmill Hotel on Darlinghurst Road is home to Sweethearts Rooftop BBQ with barbecue dishes to share and refreshing cider slushies. The Local Taphouse in Darlinghurst offers a great range of craft beers, while Darlinghurst institution Darlo Bar has the quirky rooftop bar, with artificial turf and pink flamingos setting off its eclectic vibe.

In Newtown,  Corridor is a small rooftop bar with a relaxed and friendly crowd, while the Moroccan-themed Zanzibar offers sprawling rooftop space. 

El Topo at The Eastern Hotel in Bondi Junction is a stylishly decked-out Mexican bar and eatery - try a tequila or mezcal cocktail.

View from The Glenmore Hotel

Pubs in Sydney

The pub scene in Sydney is buzzing year-round and includes many beautifully restored heritage pubs and boutique venues. The Rocks is the perfect starting point for a historic pub tour - visit the Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel, Harts Pub and The Glenmore.  

A trendy bar in Surry Hills

Small bar scene

Sydney’s small bar scene thrives with its hole-in-the-wall venues. Head underground to experience the "Wild West" at Shady Pines Saloon or choose from 360 premium whiskys at The Baxter InnStitch Bar, located behind a tailor shop, has a quirky southern style.

Alfresco dining at Opera Bar

Waterside dining

From unpretentious fish-and-chip shops to luxurious fine-dining experiences, Sydney’s alfresco eating options are plentiful. For an iconic alfresco dining experience, try Australia’s first seafood restaurant, Doyles on the Beach at Watsons Bay.