When the sun’s out and the weather’s balmy, there’s no better drinking spot than a bar or pub perched right by the water. Luckily, this city of ours has a huge array of beachfront destinations to put on rotation. Whether you’re after a seafood feast by the sand, or some sunset cocktails after a long day in the water, do yourself a favour and check out our round-up of Sydney’s best beach bars.
Boasting four separate bars, the Manly Wharf Hotel truly has a drinking spot for all occasions. Though if you fancy partying right on the water, you’ll find it hard to top the Jetty Bar, where the beachy fitout and vibrant fare will send you instantly into holiday mode. Perfect for a mid-week feed, some lazy sunset cocktails or that after-dark dance floor session.
This neon-clad haven of fun boasts some prime beachside real estate, and goes down a treat after a long, thirsty session on the sand at Manly. The kitchen’s plating up rock’n’roll Japanese street food and the bar’s throwing down lively cocktails, all to the funkiest of soundtracks. There’s even a killer rooftop space, for anyone wanting to really impress their mates.
With its colourful, coastal-inspired interiors and Californian-style eats, this Dee Why haunt embraces its beachside locale wholeheartedly. It’s young, fun and vivacious, with treats like a Tuesday burger night and 50c Wednesday wings pulling in the masses all week long. Grab a seat overlooking the waves, to enjoy craft beers and summery cocktails.
If you’re in need of a beachside bar that’ll see you happily from afternoon beers and tacos, to after-dark cocktails, Bondi’s Bucket List has the goods. Boasting an incredible shorefront location, this beauty will put you front and centre of all the action – enjoying global wines and easy eats by day, and DJ beats and live tunes once that sun goes down.
Up in Walsh Bay, this Japanese izakaya and wine bar is big on flavour, serving up authentic eats and and a wine list that trips across Australia and beyond. It’s a sleek, yet warm beachside haunt, with moody lighting and a sensational outlook to make any drinking session feel special. Roll in for summery eats like sashimi and grilled tiger prawns, matched to a carafe of sake.
Sitting pretty by Bondi Beach, Vue Bar is your destination for bright tapas plates, teamed with top-notch ocean views. It’s a casual beachside haunt primed for after-work drinks and snacks, weekend wind-downs and everything in between. Expect an ever-changing selection of wines and lots of cleverly executed seasonal cocktails.
If you love your craft beer, there’s simply no passing up a trip to Manly’s legendary, two-level beachside brewpub. Crafted on the premises, the beer’s as fresh as it gets, plus the atmosphere’s friendly and the food, top-notch. Get a first taste of one of 4 Pines’ seasonal brews, while tucking into a big bowl of mussels and enjoying the incredible beach views.
Just opposite Coogee Beach, this sprawling venue boasts an array of great spaces for every occasion, from the massive beer garden, to the relaxed Beach Bar. The latter proves the perfect pit-stop for a casual drink overlooking the ocean, featuring live entertainment, sports screens and exactly the chilled out atmosphere you’ll be craving after a long day down on the sand.
Nestled in the Crowne Plaza and boasting views across the water, Oceans is a favourite beachside bar for locals and tourists alike. There are live tunes aplenty, a fantastic sun-drenched terrace and a whole host of great food and drink specials offered throughout the week. Enjoy the $13 burger night each Tuesday, or kick back with fried chicken, oyster and Corona specials of a Sunday.
Down the southern end of buzzing Bondi Beach, this laidback tapas bar has a friendly, home-spun feel that’ll put you right at ease. Visit the long-running haunt for some very tasty Spanish share plates, or to get your post-beach party started with tequila and a few fun cocktails. Happy hour runs from 4-6pm, Friday to Sunday.
Chic and sophisticated, this beachside venue sure is dressed to impress. Here, you can treat yourself to a weekend wine just metres from the water, or splash out on Spritzes and a lazy seafood feast with your crew. The beer garden’s big enough to fit an army of beachgoers, while the sports bar out back screens all the biggest games.
Up on Manly Beach, Hotel Steyne might just be the ultimate waterfront retreat – a multifaceted operation with a little something for everyone. Join the locals in the iconic Round Bar, catch some sporting action on one of the plethora of big screens, or enjoy smashing views and a few cheeky pints in the beer garden. Upstairs, you’ll find a dedicated rum bar, with funky live music, DJ sets and upwards of 500 varieties of delicious rum.
A seaside gem with loads of personality and a bit of a rock’n’roll vibe. It might be small, but this popular local haunt sure packs a big punch, its menu chock full of fresh seafood delights and the cocktail list boasting a range of specialty margaritas. Perch by the big open windows and breathe in that salty air, while downing crispy fish tacos and Sailor Jerry cocktails.
Boasting stellar views of Manly Beach, a gorgeous coastal-chic fitout and an expertly curated wine list, it’s easy to see why this beachside wine bar is a favourite for so many. Perfect for day or night, it’s got a great, seafood-heavy menu, a raft of innovative cocktail creations and truckloads of that ‘small bar’ charm.
Up in Sydney’s northern beaches, Wildwater proves the perfect spot to unwind on a balmy summer evening. With panoramic views out across the water and outdoor seating options aplenty, the intimate bar and restaurant works a treat for date night, or simply a laidback session with mates. Renowned for its quality meat offering, the menu boast a wide range of dishes to satisfy all palates.
This fresh-faced beachside bar is probably already on your radar, and for good reason. Perched on a prime spot at the top of Coogee Beach, it’s a bright, contemporary space, geared to casual dining and all kinds of weekend socialising. You’ll find a sprawling venue, with four different bars, a picturesque rooftop and a games arena that’s bound to impress adults and kids alike.