20 Best Rooftop Bars in Sydney

Summer will soon be upon us in Sydney and although the weather’s been a little up and down of late, there’s no reason you can’t start already planning for those sunny days ahead. And why not enjoy Sydney’s scenic summer days with a bottle or glass in one hand? Everyone loves a good view, so to help you make the most of your time, we’ve put together our list of the 20 Best Rooftop Bars in Sydney.

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the aurora hotel bar

The Aurora Hotel

After a casual Friday in the office, meet your friends at Central Station, cross the road onto Elizabeth Street and Aurora awaits. You and your friends will encounter Surry Hills largest rooftop beer garden that has views that will keep you here until dawn.

324 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010

the bristol arms dining

The Bristol Arms

Located on Sussex Street, Bristol will welcome you with open arms. Its Hamptons-inspired setting is accompanied with the good ol’ Aussie gastropub feel. The white picket fencing and timber coupled with colourful and decorative furniture makes it the perfect spot to reset. Start your weekend overlooking the water and the city skyline.

81 Sussex Street, Sydney CBD NSW 2000

cafe del mar bar beside sea

Cafe del Mar

Eat, drink and listen in style at Cafe del Mar. Its soothing and sophisticated atmosphere accompanied with tropical house tunes lets you enjoy a sumptuous sunset at Cockle Bay Wharf. Its starters selection is filled with a variety of delicious choices, leaving you wondering whether or not people would judge you if you ordered two entrees alongside your main and dessert (I most certainly wouldn’t!). A better alternative could be to consider them as share plates. Things just got a whole lot easier! The rock oysters and the chilli salt and pepper squid are personal favourites. If, however, you prefer a three-course meal, you can’t go wrong with the crisp skin barramundi as your main.

Cockle Bay Wharf/Roof Top Terrace, Sydney CBD NSW 2000

coogee pavilion bar inside

Coogee Pavilion

There can’t be a completed list of the best rooftop bars in Sydney without the inclusion of one of Merivale’s productions. You could be coming from a nice day out at Coogee beach, having some drinks with friends or dining with your partner – this is a place for all occasions. Inspired by Eastern Mediterranean cuisine, its Charred Octopus with Harissa Powder and Burnt Orange along with the Zhoug Lamp Chops served with Chilli Oil and Yoghurt are two must have dishes on this rooftop. Accompany them with a Jungle Bird or Pomegranate Cosmopolitan cocktail and enjoy the beautiful view of one of Australia’s finest beaches.

169 Dolphin Street, Coogee NSW 2034

corridor bar dining


The secret has now been revealed – Newtown has its own cosy rooftop deck named Corridor. It’s one for the locals, and its rooftop is always packed to the brim. So if you don’t mind having your personal space invaded, then this place is well worth the minimal seating options. The signature nachos paired with an East 8 Hold Up is the ultimate snack and drink combo.

153A King Street, Newtown NSW 2042

darlo bar gallery

Darlo Bar

Once you step foot into the Darlo Bar open-air terrace, you’ll be greeted with various shades of greens. This rooftop garden has a large selection of beers, cocktails and wine – with the Darlo Tea Party cocktail being a crowd favourite. There is also a pool table and a number of comfortable lounges, so don’t be surprised if your whole afternoon is spent here.

306 Liverpool Street, Sydney CBD NSW 2000

the glenmore bar snaks time

The Glenmore

If you’re at the Rocks, The Glenmore is the best of the bunch. It has 180-degree views of Sydney Harbour and now has a retractable roof. So rest assured, there will be a party, rain, hail or shine. Have you also tried the hot wings? If you haven’t, stop what you’re doing, head back and order a bucket. It’s classified as a ‘share’ plate, but after trying one, it’ll be every man for themselves.

96 Cumberland Street, The Rocks CBD NSW 2000

hotel steyne inside view

Hotel Steyne

Located on the rooftop of the Steyne lies the Moonshine. This pirate-themed rum and cider bar will have you channelling your inner Captain Jack Sparrow. Think sails, large glass windows, scattered green bottles, hanging steel lanterns and wooden crates. Coupled with plenty of ciders on tap and over 100 rums to choose from, it seems like Moonshine has everything for both the adult and inner child to enjoy. Did I also mention the mesmerizing views of Manly Beach?  So what are you waiting for? All aboard the Moonshine. Aye-aye, Captain!

75 The Corso, Manly NSW 2095

hotel sweeney's rooftop bar

Hotel Sweeney’s

Now I don’t blame you for walking straight past this one. Unlike others on this list, its exterior isn’t show-stopping, so it’s no surprise that many people miss this unknown sweet spot. It’s your old school pub – the first floor is a sports bar, the second is a Thai bistro, the third houses a pool table. However, if you push through and make it up one more level, you’ll reach Dot’s Rooftop. Be rewarded with some great views of the city and Darling Harbour. Unless you’re a regular, this spot is relatively unknown, so bring along some mates to have some drinks, chill out and enjoy this hidden gem.

236 Clarence Street, Sydney CBD NSW 2000

intercontinental sydney double bay

InterContinental Sydney Double Bay

This is not your regular rooftop bar. Oozing luxury, the InterContinental rooftop bar has its own infinity pool and a lounge area with cabanas. With all of these state-of-the-art additions, it is no surprise that it also provides its visitors with a 270-degree panoramic view of Sydney Harbour. However, be warned, the rooftop bar is only free for visitors at breakfast from 8 am to 11 am. From midday onwards, bookings are required with a minimum spend of $250 per person. If you’ve got 99 problems, but money ain’t one, go and have some fun with this one.

33 Cross Street, Double Bay NSW 2028

ivanhoe hotel gallery

Ivanhoe Hotel

For all the Northern Beaches locals, this is the alternative to Bristol Arms. Upon level two at The Pines, Ivanhoe offers a sophisticated, yet coastal vibe with the use of natural timbers, ravishing foliage and luxurious furnishings. The Ivanhoe White Wine Sangria is one for you and your friends to share a few drinks with whilst looking at Manly’s mesmerising landscapes.

27 The Corso, Manly NSW 2095

the local taphouse bar

The Local Taphouse

It’s all about beer here. Beer is even incorporated into the food. Yes, The Local Taphouse is a place for beer enthusiasts where you have more than 20 beers on the tap to choose from. But be careful not to get a beer belly.

122 Flinders Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

manly wharf hotel fine decoration

Manly Wharf Hotel

The Manly Wharf Hotel is a perfect place for a scorching summer’s day. Located right next to the ferry wharf, the views out to the water are undisturbed and the surrounding water provides cooling sea breezes for you and your friends. Feeling hungry? The lengthy menu makes choosing incredibly difficult, though the Burger Liquor and Lobster options are a tasty and sure thing!

East Esplanade, Manly NSW 2095

the rook rooftop bar

The Rook

After a busy week, head over to York Street and take a look at The Rook. The unique combination of an industrial atmosphere with graffiti walls and the lobster banquet will help you ease into the weekend. Or, if you’ve had a super busy week and need something substantial – the Uncle Sam or the Bandito have got you covered. And if, after all that, your stomach STILL hasn’t been satisfied, top it off with a deep fried Mars Bar, served with a side of Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. That should do it! After your banquet fit for a king, you may be in dire need of a drink or two. A Kentucky Cooler or a Peg Leg cocktail should quench that thirst.

7/56-58 York Street, Sydney CBD NSW 2000

the royal hotel rooftop

The Royal Hotel

It should be one of the top picks on your list of ‘where to watch the sunset at’. Let me plan the day for you – Brunch at Bills on Crown Street, window shopping on Oxford Street (hold the window), stop, sit and admire the beauty that is Paddington Reservoir, skip on over to The Royal and have a sip from its sublime selection of cocktails at Elephant bar then finally, take a cocktail and head up to the rooftop. But be quick as there is limited space. But trust me, the view is sick.

237 Glenmore Road, Paddington NSW 2021

strawberry hills hotel

Strawberry Hills Hotel

Who’s up for some strawberry picking? – I’m kidding. The name itself gives it a countryside-like feel and the vibe is carried throughout its rustic interior. After being spoilt for choice over Surry Hills’ selection of brunch locations, come to dine with a sparkling glass of wine on a large wooden deck with the Surry Hills locals.

453 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010

sweetheart’s rooftop bbq

Sweetheart’s Rooftop BBQ

After giving your heart a good pumping from a fair few flights of stairs, reward yourself with some sweet-ass succulent skewers from the menu, while sitting underneath strings of fairy lights. Imagine you’re at a friend’s barbeque, but with a view of the city. But don’t forget to book, or you’ll be left disappointed after a workout on the stairs. In saying that, it is guaranteed that your taste buds will keep asking for more after each skewer, so maybe a few trips up and down the stairs will keep your summer body in shape.

33-37 Darlinghurst Road, Potts Point NSW 2011

zeta bar candle light night

Zeta Bar

Feeling all fancy-schmancy? With Zeta Bar you get award-winning cocktails that start from classics to innovative surprises, you can experience the tastes of Milan, London, Puerto Rico and New York to name a few. Couple that with a majestic view of the Queen Victoria Building but be sure to visit at dusk to view the lighting up of one of Sydney’s most historical and iconic monuments.

Level 4, 488 George Street, Sydney CBD NSW 2000

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Kick it on King with the hipsters. When you first step onto the rooftop, it feels a little like home. The backyard. The barbeque pit. But with a beautiful view of Newtown’s quirky exteriors. I also dare you to order the Tomahawk steak (please let them know two days prior). These two days will be spent creating a monstrous one-kilogram steak with a side of carbs or greens. Your protein and iron requirements will definitely be fulfilled after finishing this. That is IF you finish.

323 King Street, Newtown NSW 2042

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Are there any Sydney rooftop bars we’ve left of the list? Let us know in the comments below if there’s a bar we should be checking out! 

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