Rooftop Bars in Sydney

Looking for Sydney’s best bars? Look up. The Harbour City loves a rooftop bar, from leafy retreats in the city centre to sprawling beachside pubs and elegant cocktail lounges perched on top of skyscrapers. Grab a drink and make the most of Sydney’s sunny days, warm nights and million dollar views.

For postcard-perfect views of the Sydney Opera House, grab a seat on the rooftop of the Glenmore Hotel in The Rocks. Henry Deane at the Hotel Palisade has plush pink couches and a front row seat to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Get a different perspective in Mosman where The Fernery looks over the harbour from the north.

Hotel Palisade, Millers Point

Sweethearts Rooftop is right in the centre of buzzing Kings Cross, atop the Potts Point Hotel. Look out over the city skyscrapers and leafy Hyde Park from beneath ruffled pink umbrellas at Slims Rooftop on the top floor of Hyde Park House. At the nearby, the East Village Hotel the umbrellas are yellow and the views of the city skyline unbeatable. 

Try one of 50 cocktails made with native Australian ingredients at Smoke at the top of striking Barangaroo House. Climb the stairs to the petite roof terrace at the Royal Hotel Paddington or the slick modern space on the third floor of The Light Brigade in Woollahra. 

Imperial UP in Erskineville is a bright and sunny rooftop complete with gold plated pizza oven. Pyrmont’s Quarryman’s Hotel is capped by a Palm Springs-inspired bar serving Tex Mex food and apple cider slushies. Western Sydney  also has its own glamorous rooftop bar, the art deco styled Nick & Nora’s in Parramatta.

If you like ocean views with your Aperol spritz, Coogee Pavilion is one of the city’s largest and most picturesque rooftop bars and looks straight out over Coogee Beach. Across the harbour, Manly Greenhouse is a lush, plant-filled space with views of Manly Beach.

Friends enjoying refreshing cocktails at Coogee Pavilion, Coogee

Not all of Sydney’s rooftop bars are easy to find. Old Mate’s Place is hidden behind an unmarked door in an office building. Take the lift to level seven and look for the handwritten sign to find The Rook. Untied in Barangaroo is identifiable only by the security guard standing discretely at the street entrance.

Enjoy These Lofty Bars in Sydney