Sunny days and spectacular skylines make Sydney rooftop bars some of the best in the country. Here are our top 10 picks.
Coogee Pavilion, Coogee
Created by venue virtuoso Justin Hemmes, this rooftop is pure beachside glory. With four separate bars, wraparound views of Coogee beach and a shiny eastern-suburbs crowd, the Pavilion is our top pick for long summer days.
The Glenmore, The Rocks
If you can find a Sydney-sider that hasn’t been to the rooftop at the recently-revamped Glenmore, we’ll eat our hats. Its million-dollar harbour views, reasonably priced drinks, delicious pub grub and all-weather retractable roof make it a true local favourite.
The Royal Hotel, Paddington
While it’s a bit of a hike up the four flights of stairs, it’s worth every step if you can secure yourself a spot on the intimate 40-person rooftop. The beers are cold, the atmosphere is relaxed and the views across the city and eastern bays are impeccable.
Light Brigade Hotel, Woollahra
This Sydney haunt had the revamp of the decade last year, transforming from a slightly rundown pub into a place of pure Instagrammable glory. Offering 360 degree views, an expansive circular bar and delicious wood fired pizza, it’s no wonder this rooftop is now one of the city’s most popular.
East Village Hotel, Darlinghurst
Bright, breezy and boasting the best views of Sydney’s skyline, this is the perfect place to while away the sunset hours.
Newtown’s favourite small bar packs a lot of punch with its rickety staircase, cosy wooden deck, superb cocktails, live music and late closing time.
The Royal Oak, Double Bay
Downstairs may be all squishy sports-bar and old-school pub grub, but upstairs is a different story indeed, with a fancy cocktail menu, glittering fairy lights and lots of thoughtfully placed greenery.
Ivanhoe Hotel, Manly
Nailing the mix of Hamptons-inspired décor and relaxed beach vibes, visitors to the Ivanhoe get a choice of two rooftop bars, including one which is modelled on a retro Aussie surf-club and comes complete with old school tennis racquets and a dangling dinghy.
Taylor’s Rooftop, CBD
With its spectacular green wall, fancy copper beer tank and one of the most reasonably priced snack menus in town it’s no wonder Taylor’s is one of the most popular spots for a post-work beverage. Make sure you get in early to claim a spot.
The priciest – and possibly most notorious – on our list, the ivy offers an urban oasis complete with spectacular rooftop pool and private cabanas.