Sydney has a lot going for it in the looks department – from impressive cityscapes in the CBD to dreamy beachside views and the cool suburbia in the Inner West. The best way to really soak in Sydney and all its beauty? Rooftop bars. Sydney’s strong in this department, from outdoor cocktail bars to CBD rooftop bars and outdoor bars sitting pretty above the ocean.
We’ve rounded up our pick of the best rooftop bars in Sydney so the next time you’re hankering for an outdoor session above ground, you’ll know exactly where you’re headed (meaning you can get a drink in hand faster).
How Man of Many Chose This List of Rooftop Bars in Sydney
The Man of Many team spends almost every Friday, Saturday, or Sunday night hanging out at one of the best rooftop bars in Sydney, so we’re well-versed in choosing the favourites. We’ve included great rooftop bars for groups, couples, and food, while introducing a few unfamiliar names to the list. Here you’ll find everything from the best pubs with rooftop bars to five-star hotels decked out above the horizon. Check out our top recommendations below and then narrow down a favourite by checking out the rest of our list.
The Best Rooftop Bars in Sydney
Our list of best rooftop bars in Sydney goes like this.
- Best for groups: The Strand Hotel
- Best for date night: Old Mate’s Place
- Best for value for money: East Village Sydney
- Best overall experience: Zephyr
Now we’ve rounded up our favourites, let’s check out the full list.
1. Old Mate’s Place
With a fairytale and woodsy vibe complete with leather booths and a gorgeous terrace, Old Mate’s Place delivers creative cocktails and tasty light fare. It’s truly one of the best rooftop bars in the Sydney CBD. They don’t take bookings, however, so all that’s left for you to do is gather the crew and rock on in. Must-trys include the Spicy Portuguese Philly and a classic Gator Juice cocktail (spiced reposado, amontillado, guava, red wine, citrus & ginger beer).
Address: Level 4/199 Clarence St, Sydney NSW 2000
Hours: Tue-Thur 4pm-2am, Fri-Sun 2pm-2am
2. The Strand Hotel
A heady mix of Parisian elegance and boho spirit, newly opened The Strand Hotel in Darlinghurst is a must-visit. You’ll find a colourful vibrancy mixed with lush landscape and warm timber in a lovely and intimate space, all experienced under the beautiful Sydney sun. This new Sydney rooftop bar was part of a major full-venue transformation, with stage one being the lavish French bistro on the ground floor of the building. Now the outdoor bar is open for business, and the first drink of order? The house special dirty martini.
Address: 99 William St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Hours: Rooftop is open 12pm-12am Wednesday–Sunday
Phone: (02) 9068 8527
3. The Royal Paddington
If you’re looking for one of the best places to view the stunning Sydney sunset, the rooftop bar at the Royal Paddo is where it’s at. An Eastern Suburbs favourite, this watering hole has a sublime selection of cocktails, and a beautiful terrace to enjoy them on. Head to the Elephant Bar, pick your poison and head up to the top level for an insane sunset session. But be quick as there is limited space, and don’t leave without trying the Paddington’s Prince cocktail (Belvedere, Aperol, passionfruit, lime, jasmine tea syrup, mint).
Address: 237 Glenmore Rd, Paddington NSW 2021
Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-12am, Sun 11am-10pm
Phone: (02) 9331 2604
4. East Village Sydney
Another Darlo classic, the East Village Hotel has to be one of the best outdoor bars in Sydney. Undergoing a recent facelift with interesting tap beers, a good selection of spirits and fancy pub grub, you can’t go wrong with drinking the night away here. Just come prepared to be slightly out of breath as you reach the rooftop – it’s three floors up. Pro tip: head there on Wednesday night for $10 Negronis and $12 burgers.
Address: 234 Palmer St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-12am, Sat 10am-12am, Sun 10am-10pm
Phone: 0431 622 944
5. Kiln Rooftop Bar & Restaurant
Opened in mid-2022, Sydney’s Ace Hotel is the first boutique hotel from the US group. The good news is you don’t have to be a guest to experience the recently opened Kiln rooftop bar and restaurant. Led by Chef Mitch Orr, Kiln is the crown jewel of Ace Hotel Sydney, situated 18 stories above Surry Hills. Rooted in contemporary Australian and Italian-ish cuisine, with nods to Japan and Southeast Asia, must-try dishes include the heiwa nigori yuzushu (wakayama) cocktail (Zesty yuzu, fresh citrus, clean finish) and to eat, beef carpaccio, fried garlic mayo, mustard leaves.
Located in: Ace Hotel Sydney
Address: 53 Foy Ln, Sydney NSW 2000
If you have a fear of heights, CIRQ might not be the best Sydney rooftop bar for you. Towering a dizzying 26 floors above Crown Sydney’s waterfront location, CIRQ certainly makes the most of its location – giving diners and drinkers an unprecedented view of the city paired with a unique mix of multi-dimensional indoor and outdoor spaces. With an extensive wine menu and cocktails infused with native Australian botanicals, definitely put this Barangaroo beauty on your list (we recommend the White Rabbit cocktail (Herradura Plata Flange, Coconut Liqueur, Citrus, Kaffir Lime Leaf, Coco Lopez, Mezcal Mist) and a share plate of cured meats and cheeses).
Located in: Crown Sydney
Address: Crown Sydney, Level 26/1 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo NSW 2000
Hours: Wed-Thurs 4pm-12am, Fri-Sat 12pm-1am, Sun 12pm-8pm
Sitting pretty on the 32nd floor of the famed InterContinental Sydney hotel, Aster is an outstandingly glamorous Sydney rooftop bar with 270-degree views over the city and Sydney Harbour. It was developed as part of a $110 million refurb of the hotel in 2022 and is the first time the space has been open to the general public. With an immersive drinking experience that sees your mixologists finish off your beverages tableside, get over to the Aster quick-stat (especially if you enjoy the odd Martini or two, with Aster serving up an extensive Martini menu). Our only knock is the rather pushy time limits of 90 minutes, however, with a view like this and limited seating it makes sense.
Located in: InterContinental Sydney, an IHG Hotel
Address: Level 32/117 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000
Hours: Tue-Sat 5pm–12am
Phone: (02) 9240 1241
8. Smoke Bar
As one of the best rooftop bars in Sydney, the award-winning Smoke Bar hands-down serves up some of Sydney’s best views. Grab a cheeky cocktail, claim a dim-lit spot for unparalleled romance and lose yourself in the breathtaking Sydney skyline as the sun goes down in a blaze of glory. With trendy tipples galore, get your hands on a seasonal G&T or a Japanese Spritz; with premium spirits. If you love a boogie, get yourself to Smoke Bar on Thursdays to Sundays for some of Sydney’s coolest DJs and sounds.
Address: Level 2/35 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo NSW 2000
Hours: Tues-Sat 3pm-12am, Sun 2-10pm
Phone: (02) 8587 5400
For the fancy-hearted among us, one of the best and grandest Sydney rooftop bars is Zephyr, perched on Level 12 of Hyatt Regency Sydney hotel. Winning Hotel Bar of the Year in 2020, 2021 and 2022, Zephyr will dazzle you with its nautical-inspired setting with unrivalled waterfront views across Sydney’s Darling Harbour. With a high-tech cocktail menu featuring ‘hypersonic infusions’ and seasonal share plates like a charcuterie selection, Wagyu beef sliders, and lobster popcorn, there’s everything to like about this CBD rooftop bar.
Located in: Hyatt Regency Sydney
Address: Level 12/161 Sussex St, Sydney NSW 2000
Hours: Tues-Thurs 3-10pm, Fri-Sat 2pm-12am, Sun 2-10pm
Phone: (02) 8099 1234
10. Sky Bar at Shell House
For a truly unique Sydney rooftop bar experience, Shell House’s Sky Bar is the new home for golden hours, long drinks, tall stories and excellent food. Centring around the 400-tonne heritage Shell House Clocktower, this stunning outdoor Sydney bar provides you with insane panoramic views of the city skyline. A bar menu by Culinary Director Joel Bickford & Head Chef Aaron Ward, you’ve gotta try spiced calamari with yoghurt aioli and Clooney Tunes cocktail (Casamigos Reposado, Mezcal, Pineapple, Fino, Jasmine, Honey, Fresh Lemon).
Located in: Brookfield Place Sydney
Address: 37 Margaret St, Sydney NSW 2000
Hours: Tues-Sat 12pm-12am
Phone: (02) 9158 4000
11. Henry Deane
Over the bridge and not too far away, Henry Deane is a contemporary cocktail lounge offering uninterrupted Sydney views no matter which way your head turns. The cocktail lounge is spread over levels 4 and 5 of Hotel Palisade, and serves up eclectic boozy mixes, as well as some cocktail classics. We’d recommend trying the Below The Belt (spiced woodford bourbon, apricot brandy, pineapple, whey) – it’s bloody delightful. For your stomach, grab the Whole Smoked Spatchy – a delicious and inventive jasmine tea smoked spatchcock.
Located in: Hotel Palisade
Address: 35 Bettington St, Millers Point NSW 2000
Hours: Tues-Wed 4-10pm, Thurs-Fri 12pm-12am, Sat 12-11.30pm, Sun 12-10pm
Phone: (02) 9018 0123
12. Slim’s Rooftop
If you’ve never visited Slim’s Rooftop before, chances are you’ve at least heard of it. Located in Hyde Park House, Slim’s overlooks the iconic Hyde Park with equally beautiful views of the CBD and the western sun. Vibrant frilly pink umbrellas dot the venue alongside an extensive range of cacti and other shrubberies. If that’s not a vibe, we don’t know what is. The pork belly bao buns are a must-try, as well as Slim’s range of poke bowls and sushi rolls. Washed down with Henry Fonda (Four Pillars Yuzu Gin, Grapefruit, Yuzu), you’re in for a damn good time.
Located in: Hyde Park House
Address: 47/49 William St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Hours: Sun-Fri 12-11:30pm, Sat 11am-11:30pm
Phone: (02) 8377 3650
13. Taylor’s Rooftop
On the rooftop of the Republic Hotel, you’ll find Taylor’s (how about that?) A vertical jungle-like garden coupled with the city skyline, Taylor’s brings the topless good times in the Sydney CBD (plus features a retractable roof for when Sydney weather is being uncooperative, which is most of the time). On the weekend, Taylor’s transforms into a dance floor and a stage for live music plus the cream of internationally acclaimed DJs. With a chicken parmi on the menu that’s literally to-die for, and an inspired list of cocktails, get yourself to Taylor’s quick sticks.
Address: 69-73 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000
Hours: Mon-Thurs 10am-12pm, Fri 10am-2am, Sat 12pm-2am
Phone: (02) 9252 6522
14. ELM Rooftop Bar
Iconic Darlinghurst venue The Taphouse is home to one of Sydney’s best rooftop bars, ELM. With fresh-juiced cocktails, seltzers, wine and over 20 craft beers on tap, all you have to do is kick back and relax in this secluded urban oasis. With delicious burgers and schnitties galore (even a vegan schnitzel), check out this beloved gem sooner rather than later. Pro tip: if you head to trivia on a Monday and bring your doggo, you get one free beer!
Located in: The Taphouse
Address: level 2/122 Flinders St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Hours: Mon- Thurs 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-10pm, Sun 12-9pm
Phone: (02) 9159 9843
15. Babylon Rooftop & Garden Bar
For some Middle Eastern madness, check out Babylon, easily one of the best CBD rooftop bars. With the capacity to seat 300 people and an easily accessible inner-city location, Babylon is the perfect location for a post-work beverage. Don’t forget to order a traditional meze platter while you enjoy a Coast of Izmir cocktail (Pampero Anejo, white chocolate, blood orange, agave).
Located in: Westfield Sydney
Address: Level 7/188 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000
Hours: Mon 12-10pm, Tue-Wed 12-11pm, Thurs-Fri 12pm-12am, Sat 11:30am-12am, Sun 11.30am-10pm
Phone: (02) 8014 5663
16. Pool Club at Ivy
It’d be remiss of us to make a list of the best rooftop bars in Sydney and not include Merivale’s truly iconic Ivy Pool Club. It’s held its status as one of the best outdoor bars in Sydney for quite some time, and for good reason. Beautiful drinks and beautiful people? You’ll find it all at the Ivy Pool Club. An oasis inspired by the Italian coastline, you can book a private cabana, order a pizza and cocktail, and let your inhibitions run wild.
Located in: ivy precinct
Address: 320 George St, Sydney NSW 2000
Hours: Tues 5pm-2am, Wed-Sat 12pm-2am, Sun 1pm-9pm
Phone: (02) 9114 7307
17. The Governor Hotel
A quick 20-minute car journey outside the Sydney CBD and you’ll find a sun-drenched spot with a beautiful backdrop for sunset drinks and afternoon knock-offs. Situated in Macquarie Park, The Governor Hotel is a vibrant four-level venue – but the real standout is its spacious top-floor bar. One of the biggest rooftop bars in Sydney, this leafy spot features graffitied walls and 360° views over the surroundings. With an expansive list of signature cocktails and jugs to share (try The Governess – Gin, raspberry, marshmallow), as well as contemporary pub meals and a large selection of pizzas, this Sydney rooftop bar is not one to miss.
Address: 9 Waterloo Rd, Macquarie Park NSW 2113
Hours: Mon-Sat 12pm-3am, Sun, 10am-12am
Phone: (02) 9287 1418
18. The Rooftop, Pyrmont
For a Palm-Springs-inspired escape, check out The Rooftop, Pyrmont. Situated on top of The Quarryman’s Hotel (one of Sydney’s best-known craft beer establishments) this hotel has a keener focus on cocktails and a selection of modern pub grub like steak, burgers and schnitties. We’d recommend giving the tantalising Spiced Apple Old Fashioned a go (Bourbon, spiced apple syrup, orange peel, bitters).
Address: 214-216 Harris St, Pyrmont NSW 2009
Hours: Wed-Thurs 12-10.30pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 12-9pm
Phone: (02) 9660 0560
19. Coogee Pavilion
For the Eastern Suburbs locals, no Summer is complete without a session or two at Coogee Pavilion (AKA The Pav). A stunning ocean-side outdoor bar, it’s an easy hop, skip and a jump from the surf and straight up to the rooftop bar (with a quick change of clothes, of course). A much-loved Merivale stalwart, the food, drinks and ambience is all killer, no filler. With a great seafood offering, as well as classic pub fare, and an inspired cocktail menu, there’s no place to be on a sunny Sunday arvo than The Pav.
Located in: Coogee Pavilion Ground Floor
Address: Level 3/169 Dolphin St, Coogee NSW 2034
Hours: Thur-Sun 12pm-12am
Phone: (02) 9114 7323
20. The Tilbury Hotel
For an alfresco fine-dining experience in Woolloomooloo, nothing beats The Tilbury Hotel. This wildly popular local bar and restaurant have been lauded since it first opened, with its rooftop bar the perfect city escape in the clouds (almost). You’ve gotta try the 12-hour slow-cooked Whole Lamb Shoulder, and while it’ll set you back a pretty penny, it’s absolutely worth it. The Tilbury also makes an incredible Negroni, if that’s your tipple of choice.
Address: 12/18 Nicholson St, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
Hours: Tues-Sat 11am-12am, Sun 11am-10pm
Phone: (02) 9368 1955
21. The Light Brigade
Already one of Woollahra’s all-time best beer venues, The Light Brigade just joined the ranks of becoming the subject of the elite conversationalist phrase ‘Oi should we check out that place with the outdoor area? I’ve heard it’s a bloody ripper’. Sun, views, revelry and comfortable furniture. What more can you ask for? Probably a jug of V-Bangers and the arvo off work, it’s certainly one of Sydney’s best rooftop bars.
Address: Oxford St &, Jersey Rd, Woollahra NSW 2025
Hours: Mon-Thu 10am-12am, Fri-Sat 10am-1am, Sun 10am-10pm
Phone: (02) 9357 0888
22. Marrickville Springs at Philter Brewery
Philter Brewery offers some of our favourite beers in Sydney so it makes sense they’d land on our list of the best rooftop bars with their ‘Marrickville Springs’ offering. A great spot to chillax on a Friday afternoon after a long week at work, this bar is open for walk-ins, with bookings available for groups of 10 or more. Climb the retro stairs on the left as you enter, open the door, and be met with sunshine. Must-try’s on the list include the frozen beer cocktails which are simply to die for and there’s a solid wine list. Not the best spot for food, there are only a few snacks on offer such as dips, olives, and chips.
Address: 92-98 Sydenham Rd, Marrickville NSW 2204
Hours: Wed-Thur 5-9pm, Fri-Sat 12am-11pm, Sun 12am-6pm
Phone: (02) 9199 9655
23. Lady Banks
Flinging its doors open from October 2021, Lady Banks isn’t just the largest rooftop bar in Sydney, it’s also the newest. Located in the newly developed commercial building, Flinders Centre, in the heart of Bankstown, the 10th-floor hotspot is seriously luxe. Here, you can sip cocktails while you take in panoramic views of the Sydney skyline right through to the Blue Mountains.
Located in: Flinders Centre
Address: Level 10, 25 Restwell Street, Bankstown NSW 2200
Hours: Wed-Sun: 12pm-10pm, Fri-Sat: 12pm-2am
24. The Rook
After a busy week, head over to York Street and take a look at The Rook, yet one more killer rooftop bar in the Sydney CBD. 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 – 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.
Address: level 7/56-58 York St, Sydney NSW 2000
Hours: Sun-Thur 12-11pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-12:30am
Phone: (02) 8322 2008
25. Sweethearts Rooftop
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 at Sweethearts, 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.
Located in: Potts Point Hotel
Address: Level 3/33-35 Darlinghurst Rd, Potts Point NSW 2011
Hours: Thu-Fri 5pm-12am, Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 2pm-12am
Phone: (02) 9157 1957
26. 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, and you’re looking at one of Sydney’s best rooftop bars. Also, be sure to visit at dusk to view the lighting up of Sydney’s most historical and iconic monuments.
Located in: Hilton Sydney
Address: level 4/488 George St, Sydney NSW 2000
Hours: Thur-Fri 4pm-12am, Sat 4pm-1am
Phone: (02) 9265 6070
What rooftop bar in Sydney has the best food?
If you’ve got 99 problems, but money ain’t one, go and have some fun at the Intercontinental Double Bay, because it’s one of the best rooftop bars in Sydney for food. From midday onwards, bookings are required with a minimum spend of $250 per person.
What rooftop bar in Sydney also has a pool?
Ivy Pool Club. It's quite simply a place to let go of your inhibitions, hence its perennial status as one of the hottest rooftop bars in the Sydney CBD.
Where is the best bar with a view in Sydney?
Sydney has over 40 rooftop bars. One of the best is East Village but we suggest you have a read of our article first to find out what rooftop bar is near you.