Despite challenges with lock-out laws, and dealing with COVID-19, Sydney is still known for its great nightlife and airy drinking spots. The harbour city and surrounding suburbs are positively heaving with places to catch some sun while downing a cold one.
Rooftop bars are cool and calming places to go during the day for a change of pace and an awesome view, and at night they’re the ideal place to unwind and have a good time while watching the city lights and the people pass by. If you want to find your next place to get drinks, here’s a list of some of the best rooftop bars in Sydney.
Taylor’s Rooftop Bar
Sitting on the fourth floor of the Republic Hotel near Circular Quay, Taylor’s Rooftop is a green jungle that meets the concrete jungle of the big city. This is the rooftop bar you want to be at late at night on the weekends; it holds a “Disco Diner” where local and international DJ’s and musicians perform for a lively crowd tearing up the dance floor. Bring your friends, enjoy your drinks and dance the night away.
Green Moustache Rooftop Garden Bar and Restaurant
Located in North Sydney, you can have the luxury of dining surrounded by both large glass windows and a garden. Relax here with an elegant dinner that is seasonally sourced and pair it with wine that is specially curated by an in-house sommelier – a wine steward. The fresh plants, food, and wine with the surrounding view of the skyline make Green Moustache a great place for a date or casual get together.
Bar Ombré Rooftop
Bar Ombré is the ultimate sunset spot. Located in Circular Quay on the rooftop of award-winning restaurants Salt Meats Cheese with sunspot views over the harbour, you can watch the sky turn pink and purple as the ferries come in. The experience here is intimate while energetic, making it a great place for you to sit down for a delicious Italian dinner and drinks while reminiscing on your day, week, or year with the ones you love and the good energy around you.
Right above the Quarryman’s Hotel in Pyrmont lies this rooftop cocktail bar and lounge. Palm Springs is a major inspiration for this resort style bar, making it a getaway during the day when it starts feeling too long. Stay cool with its various cocktail offerings while relaxing on a mini vacation in this California oasis.
Sweethearts Rooftop at Potts Point Hotel
Located on top of the Potts Point Hotel, this four level pub is the place to go for carefree fun. With live music every other day, Sweethearts is the perfect place to soak up the ambience with excellent views of Sydney’s CBD. Potts Point Hotel has an extensive bistro and smoker menu, so you can enjoy both a good bite to eat and a few drinks. It’s also known for having the best New Year’s party in the city. It’s a place “where first timers are treated like locals and locals are treated like family.”
This is luxury in the stars. Twelve levels up amongst the Sydney skyline, Zephyr has some of the most competitive views of Darling Harbour, making it a highly sought-after New Years spot. Enjoy an artfully crafted cocktail while catching up with friends on the weekend or celebrating a big win at work with colleagues. With a smart casual dress code, an evening at Zephyr is the perfect excuse to get dolled up.
Merivale Pool Club
Summer meets rooftop bars in Sydney’s CBD. Work your way through the extensive cocktail menu while relaxing in a cabana or table around the pool. Merivale Pool Club is a perfect place to escape to during lunch and recharge for the rest of your day. Inspired by the Italian coastline, sample the chef’s Mediterranean style menu while cooling off in this rooftop paradise.
Travel a little outside the big city to Mosman for this rooftop experience. The relaxing garden at The Fernery offers a soothing aesthetic with natural light enveloping the space. Explore the different areas in this bar such as the Rosé bar and Gin room while enjoying the views of Sydney Harbour. The food completes this experience with locally sourced ingredients grilled to perfection.
Hyde Park House
Hyde Park House is four floors of fun. It has a public bar with live sports, a cocktail bar, and a club lounge, but when you need some fresh air, head up to the rooftop bar. Sitting on top of a refurbished hotel that has proudly stood since 1919, you can feel the history and look over Hyde Park. Enjoy modern Asian fusion and some drinks to complete your time at this bar.
Peaking out above the skyline on York Street, The Rook has a great summer vibe with its Italian food and inventive cocktails. The main dining area has a retractable roof for guests to have a clear view of the sky while enjoying good quality time with a group of people. The bar has an intimate setting that sets its mood with dimly lit lights, allowing the focus to be on the atmosphere of the bar and your experience.
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