Sydney in Australia is an exciting yet easygoing city known world-round for its vibrant multicultural heritage. Sydney is also famous for its thriving food and drink scene. From Michelin stars to dive bars, Sydney has got them all. It also has plenty of elevated venues where you can enjoy this delicious food and drink whilst taking in magnificent views of the city. So, for sky-high sipping, here are the best rooftop bars in Sydney.
7 of the Best Rooftop Bars in Sydney
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The stairway to this rooftop bar leads to heavenly views and vibes. With 180-degree vistas of Sydney Harbour, this is a stellar place to watch the sun go down while sipping a few frosty ones. With a retractable roof, the Glenmore Rooftop is open whatever the weather so you can enjoy the view and delicious food and drink all year round.
Is there anything more cliched or deliciously Australian as throwing another shrimp on the barbie? For the ultimate Aussie bbq in the clouds, head to Sweetheart’s Rooftop in Potts Point. Pull up a barstool or nab a picnic table and tuck into some terrific tucker. Wash down those pizzas and burgers with creative cocktails, Pimm’s on tap, wines and beers whilst drinking in the views high above this buzzing part of Sydney.
The Royal Hotel is an iconic pub in the beautiful Paddington area in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. On top of the pub is a rooftop bar with a retractable roof and rosé on tap. Yup, in The Royal Paddo it really is rosé all day, come rain or shine. Whether you fancy some day drinking or a nightcap, there is always a great vibe here, and a warm welcome too.
Life’s a beach at the Coogee Rooftop bar, where the decor is just as spectacular as the views. Designed to look like a conservatory, the lush plants and sketches of exotic birds make it feel like you are in a very elegant greenhouse. There are four bars, each with a different vibe where mixologists shake and pour thirst-quenching drinks. Beverage in hand, pull up a chair and enjoy unrivalled views of the breathtaking Coogee shoreline.
Escape the pace of the city and take refuge under the pink parasols of Slims Rooftop bar. On top of Hyde Park House, Slims overlooks Hyde Park and has uninterrupted views of the CBD and the westerly sun, making it the perfect place for a sundowner. Feeling like an oasis in the city thanks to all the potted succulents, Slims has a retro vibe but serves modern Japanese izakaya-inspired food alongside delicious drinks.
In the heart of Darlinghurst lies East Village Sydney and atop of this pub is a superb rooftop bar with sweeping vistas of the city. With a retractable roof, cooling fans and warming heaters, the food, drinks and views can be enjoyed year-round. Let the sparkling skyline entice and entertain you while you sip signature cocktails and wonderful wines and enjoy tasty dishes from the bar menu.
The Green Moustache feels like a treehouse in lofty heights above North Sydney. This rooftop bar and restaurant is swamped with lush greenery, wicker chairs and tiled tabletops giving it a totally tropical taste. This greenhouse oasis also has jaw-dropping, sweeping views over the area. The extensive food and drink menus feature fun, fresh and seasonal creations. The botanically inspired cocktails taste even better out on the terrace, surrounded by nature and those views. Cheers to that.