Rooftop bars

Highlights

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.

  • The Ivy Bar, Sydney
  • Henry Deane, Sydney

Drinks with a view

Perched more than 100 metres high atop Parramatta’s new $309 million ‘vertical village,’ V, Sky Bar will boast a huge glass wall and outdoor terrace with spectacular views from the Blue Mountains to Sydney’s CBD when it opens in January 2017.

Up-close harbour vistas along the length of brand new Cuban-themed Hacienda in East Circular Quay’s Pullman Quay Grand hotel are sure to make the 1950s Miami-inspired space a summer hotspot. Just along the quay, Cafe Sydney’s enviable position on the rooftop of Customs House ensures to-die-for Sydney Harbour Bridge views.

Henry Deane, Sydney

The sunset panorama through the floor- to-ceiling windows from top-floor cocktail haunt Henry Deane at refurbished Millers Point pub Hotel Palisade is incomparable – unless you’re on the bridge of a majestic ship.

Not far away, in The Rocks, the casual Glenmore Hotel delivers sensational 180-degree harbour and CBD views from its roof and, just down the street, Blu Bar at the Shangri-La hotel commands a lofty outlook from the 36th floor.

Higher still, on the 47th floor of the CBD’s Australia Square, the cocktail bar at O Bar Dining slowly revolves, allowing a 360-degree panorama to unfold.

Watsons Bay Hotel, Sydney

From its terrace, the Hilton’s Zeta Bar reveals a hidden and stunning perspective on the Queen Victoria Building’s ornate domed roof opposite. At night, when the dome is lit, it’s an unexpected delight. If poolside cabanas and cocktails are more your speed, don’t miss Ivy’s Pool Club further along George Street in the CBD.

For beachside views you can’t beat Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel’s position at the top of the harbour in the east, or the uninterrupted seascape from the Rooftop Bar on level three of refurbished Coogee Pavilion. And the cityscape is breathtaking from Paddington’s new Brigade Rooftop bar atop reinvented pub, The Light Brigade.

  1. The Unicorn

    The Unicorn

    The first beer was poured at the Unicorn Hotel, Paddington, in 1941, after a rebuild of the Croft’s Family Hotel, which had stood on the site since the mid 1800’s. After many years of service to the locals...

  2. The Island

    The Island

    The Island is a floating bar that brings the European Beach Club culture to Sydney Harbour, making it perfect for international guests or even locals, who are after a unique experience. The Island can be...

  3. Crane Bar

    Crane Bar

    Crane is a stylish, all-encompassing, state-of-the-art Japanese Fusion Bar, Cocktail Lounge and Restaurant. Crane comprises of a unique sushi bar, amazing kitchen, two large bars, cellars, front garden room,...

  4. Scubar

    Scubar

    You need to get down near the hustle and bustle of Central Station, to find Scubar, a Sydney party venue. They are the not-so-typical beach bar in the city and famous for their laid back atmosphere with Hawaiian style...

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