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

 Just along the quay, Cafe Sydney’s enviable position on the rooftop of Customs House ensures to-die-for Sydney Harbour Bridge views.

Or enjoy a sunset panorama through the floor- to-ceiling windows from top-floor cocktail haunt Henry Deane at refurbished Millers Point pub Hotel Palisade.

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.

Henry Deane, Sydney

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.

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.

Watsons Bay Hotel, Sydney

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.

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.

  1. Friend in Hand Hotel

    Just a short walk down Cowper Street from Broadway and Glebe Pt Road, The Friend in Hand looks from the outside like many other Art-Deco era pubs. Step inside, though, and what you’re confronted with is something...

  2. Sweetheart’s Rooftop Barbecue

    Located on the rooftop, above Kings Cross' infamous nightclub Sugarmill is Sweetheart's Rooftop Barbecue. From the team behind The Winery, Gazebo, Cargo Bar and Bungalow 8, Sweetheart's offers a funky outdoor space to...

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