The best rooftop bars in Sydney

If there’s one thing Sydneysiders have in common, it’s collectively bursting out the door when the weekend rolls in to lap up the glorious sunshine we are fortunate enough to receive (almost) all year. Second to that is kicking back with a cool beverage topped off with a dose of lively conversation among friends.

Combine the two elements and it’s no wonder Sydney’s rooftop bar scene is more vibrant than ever. Here are five of the hottest rooftop bars Sydney has to offer.

ZanziBar – 323 King Street, Newtown

With a fresh new look and a tantalising bar and cocktail menu to boot, ZanziBar’s lush, sunny rooftop terrace delivers the quintessential Newtown vibe inherent to this cool and quirky suburb on the city’s fringe. Here you can drink like a local with craft beers by Newtown’s very own bespoke brewery, Young Henrys, on tap. The bestselling and refreshingly fruity ‘Newtowner’ pale ale comes highly recommended.

Happy hour: Mon-Thurs 5-7pm – discounted local tap beer, cider, house wines and spirits
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10-4am / Sun 10-12am

Coogee Pavilion – 169 Dolphin Street, Coogee

Rooftop bar by the beach, anyone? Coogee Pavilion’s spectacular rooftop bar is overflowing with natural light, greenery, elegance and atmosphere. Designed to look like the conservatory of an eccentric botanist, patrons here can enjoy a colourful Mediterranean menu paired with local or imported beer, specialty wines and fresh, tropical cocktail offerings to complement some very impressive ocean views.

Opening hours: Mon-Sun 12pm-12am

The Glenmore The Glenmore

The Glenmore – 96 Cumberland Street, The Rocks

Situated in Sydney’s historic precinct of The Rocks, The Glenmore rooftop is where you can revel in views of the Sydney Opera House as you sip on your beverage of choice or feast on a modern pub meal. Arrive in the late afternoon for a cocktail and you can experience the sun setting over Sydney Harbour. On a hot summer’s day, you can’t go wrong with a jug of zesty Pimm’s.

Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 11am-12am / Fri–Sat 11am-1am / Sun 11am-12am

Travel secret: A retractable roof at the Glenmore means you can bask in the views rain or shine.

The Local Taphouse – 122 Flinders Street, Darlinghurst

Beer lovers can combine an exceptional selection of 20 craft beers on tap with a handsome rooftop garden location that’s drenched in sunshine by day and oozes charm under warm, ambient light by night. Located in Sydney’s trendy Darlinghurst, the kitchen offers hearty meals which you can wash down with a craft beer or cider from places near and far – the only question is – which one?

Opening hours: Mon-Weds 12pm-12am / Thurs-Sat 12pm-1am / Sun 12pm-12am

The Ivanhoe Hotel – 27 The Corso, Manly

When heading to Sydney’s breathtaking Northern Beaches, be sure to make a stop at Manly’s Ivanhoe Hotel for rooftop drinking and dining in breezy, beach-house style. Serving up a respectable array of Australian and New Zealand wines, boutique beers and fun cocktail pitchers made for sharing, it’s the perfect place to grab a bite and unwind after a day soaking up the sun, surf and buzzing atmosphere of Manly.

Happy hour: $5 special on select vodka, beer and wine, Fridays 5-7pm
Opening hours: Mon-Tues 8-2am / Weds-Sat 8-4am / Sun 10-2am

By Mary McMullen

Mary is a travel and lifestyle writer with a keen taste for global adventure – whether it be hiking in the Himalayas, seeking out fresh and fragrant eats on the streets of Vietnam or delving into the exotic bazaars of Istanbul. When Sydney calls her back home, she enjoys sipping on craft beers at her inner west local, rock climbing and rummaging through weekend markets for bargain vintage finds.

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