Sydney is by far Australia’s most beautiful city. Here are the best bars to experience the most gorgeous views!
Located atop the historic haunts of The Rocks, The Glenmore offers more than just an extensive cocktail list. Situated across three-stories of a heritage listed hotel, head to the rooftop bar to find views a plenty. Looking directly over Circular Quay and the iconic Opera House, The Glenmore is the perfect location for a late afternoon Sunday session. Sit back with a Don Especial cocktail, and simply watch the world go by.
With breathtaking views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, this Cuban-style botanical oasis is the ideal location for all things Spring. The space is open and airy, with décor indicative of a 1950’s vintage hotel. A palate of pink and green pastels provides the perfect complement to the auburn sunsets that kiss the Sydney skyline. Head in from around midday to take full advantage of the gorgeous harbour side location.
Sitting in the heart of Millers Point, Hotel Palisade is one of Australia’s most iconic uptown pubs. While the classic pub offerings can be found on the ground floor, head to the rooftop Henry Deane for one of the most incredible views that Sydney has to offer. We’re talking direct, uninterrupted views the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and even further across the harbour to Luna Park. With a healthy selection of cocktails, wine and sparkling, this is the perfect location for a late afternoon slowdown, or an intimate date night.
Grab some friends and park up in the beachside courtyard of the Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel to discover one of the dreamiest views this city can offer. While the moored boats drift idly by the ferry wharf, look beyond the distance to find the sharp city skyline piercing the afternoon sunset. Offering an extensive array of fresh seafood and gorgeously summery cocktail jugs, this waterfront goldmine is your ticket to a sensational weekend session.
Sitting in the newly established Streets of Barangaroo, Nola is a New Orleans inspired waterfront gem. With views across the water to Pyrmont and East Balmain, Nola is dishing out more than just incredible views. We’re talking dry-aged beef brisket, smoked and pulled port shoulder, and a might impressive cocktail and whiskey list. Offering live music in a vibrant open space, Nola is your new spot for after work drinks.
Quickly becoming one of Sydney’s hottest rooftop bars, Zephyr’s luxe décor can only be complemented by a view this amazing. Located on the rooftop of the Hyatt Regency, Zephyr offers an incredible vantage point directly into Darling Harbour and across the city’s suburbs. In an open-air setting and fresh made-to-order cocktails, this bar is perfect for your next uptown date night.
Floating above the city on the 36th floor of the Shangri-La Hotel, Blu Bar on 36 is a New York inspired dream location. With one of the finest and most extensive cocktail and liquor menus in Sydney, this high end establishment offers one of the most iconic views you will ever come across. Perfectly uninterrupted sights across the harbour in all directions provides a gorgeous backdrop for any special occasion.
While The Royal Hotel Paddington has always been an Eastern Subs classic, it really comes into its own when you head up to the rooftop and discover an incredible view of Sydney’s gorgeous skyline. With balanced share plates and an extensive wine list, this rooftop was made for sundowner sessions. We’re talking charcuterie boards, duck liver parfait, and parmesan + truffle fries. Pair a few of these with a glass of rosé and a few of your closest friends, and you’ve got a pearler of a time on your hands.
While this emporium of all things seafood and seasonal cocktails is famous for many things, it can only be properly complemented by heading to the rooftop and discovering a new side of Coogee’s waterfront. Sitting directly alongside the famous Coogee Beach, Coogee Pavilion offers an indoor/outdoor oasis like nowhere else. Order a seasonal cocktail, a few antipasti boards, some Neapolitan-style pizzas and a few freshly shucked oysters, and you’ve got the perfect Spring session on the cards.
Located below the Sydney Opera House, Opera Bar can only be described as ‘iconic’. With uninterrupted views spanning from the East, all the way across to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and beyond, this bar is a favourite amongst tourists and locals alike. Sit back with some seasonal cocktails and some of the freshest seafood this city has to offer, and watch the world (and the ferries) drift on by.