Best Sydney Rooftop Bars to hit this Summer
There is nothing quite like a delicious refreshing bevvy with friends and family on a hot summer's day, but if you can top it off with a spectacular view and exceptional service- who wouldn't say no to that!? To help shortlist the plethora of Sydney rooftop bars and restaurants perfect to soak up the summer rays and sip on cocktails, here is our top list of Sydney Rooftop venues to hit this summer.
214-216 Harris St, Pyrmont NSW 2009
An unpretentious spot with captivating views over historic Pyrmont, the rooftop bar at The Quarryman’s hits all the right notes for a relaxed bevvy. Craft beer is the name of the game, with a rotating, 24-tap selection that might include warm-weather favourites.
2 Bourke St, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
Feast your eyes on the charming sweeping harbourside views of the iconic Woolloomooloo Bay from the top of the Woolly Bay Hotel, a 150-year-old pub that’s had a hip Mediterranean-inspired makeover. With the new Arturo’s rooftop bar now open it's perfect for a long family lunch as it does for date night.
1 Kensington St, Chippendale NSW 2008
Teleport yourself from the busy streets of central Sydney to dipping your feet in the cool pool with a cocktail in hand at The Old Clare’s intimate rooftop lounge in Chippendale. With its vertiginous vertical garden blended with industrial architecture set with a city skyline backdrop makes for a pretty epic scenery. While the pool is reserved for guests only, the bar is open to all.
36-38 South Steyne, Manly NSW 2095
One of Sydney's lush seaside scenes is the three-level Manly Greenhouse. The all-weather rooftop of this new establishment is its crowning achievement and features spectacular views of the beachfront paired with soft interiors with an abundance of fresh greenery. There's also a killer food and beverage list taking inspiration from contemporary Italian cuisine. Pull up a stool, grab a spiced sangria and enjoy this hip summer hangout.
100 Miller Street, North Sydney NSW 2060
Love the idea of sipping cocktails in a treehouse? We do! The fresh face-faced bar, Green Moustache has truly embraced Mother Nature to transport guests far away from the bustle of North Sydney’s peak hour streets. Filled with an abundance of greenery and plant life to create more of a garden party than a rooftop jam, the indoor-outdoor space is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows to show off panoramic views of the surrounding area making it the ultimate summer bar in any weather.
323 King Street, Newtown NSW 2042
This underrated Newtown rooftop bar brings a slice of 1950s backyard Australiana to Newtown. Astroturf, corrugated iron and besser bricks under strings of outdoor lights and Australian memorabilia create the summer charm of a suburban backyard. Websters not only has an outstanding list of pints and whisky choices but a comprehensive menu of classic pub feed, including burgers, iconic and mouthwatering wings and family classic steaks.
Level 26/45 Macquarie St, Parramatta NSW 2150
Parramatta's premier rooftop bar Nick and Nora's has become a favourite local watering hole thanks to its panoramic views of the Blue Mountains, its selection of film noir-themed cocktails and its 50-strong champagne list. Want to make a date out of it? Sharpen your mixology skills with a 90-minute martini masterclass.
47-49 William St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
It's no secret that cocktail sipping and rooftops go hand-in-hand. Slims Rooftop at Hyde Park House creates the perfect location for such a summer occasion. A cactus-filled rooftop bar offering stunning city skyline views and tasty Japanese fare. The Asian-Mexican eatery has loads of playful menu options: sashimi tacos, hearty poké bowls and five types of margarita as well as a gorgeous outlook over East Sydney.
35 Bettington Street, Millers Point NSW 2000
Standing proud of the Palisade Hotel in Millers Point is Henry Deane. This tiny but gobsmacking 360-degree panoramic view bar dons pink sofas, art deco fanciness and tantalisingly good cocktails. With a unique and improbable history of Sydney foreshore, this popular drinking hole for workers building the Sydney Harbour Bridge, but for today’s inner-Sydney drinkers, it’s a breath of fresh air – literally.
719 Military Rd, Mosman NSW 2088
The team behind North Sydney's The Greens and Camperdown's Acre are at it again with the dazzling The Fernery. This gin room, rose bar and rooftop kitchen garden create a verdant escape from the Mosman Club below. The 360-person venue offers extraordinary views of, well, everything: North Head, the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, the heads and the city skyline.
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