The 2018 Edition
Nothing gets you feeling quite so Friday fancy-free than a cocktail and a rooftop view. Especially when you’re in Australia’s very own harbour city, with more water views than you can poke a stick at. So whether you’re a seasoned local looking to take your next date night to new heights, or an out-of-towner looking to up your travel game, here are our picks for Sydney’s best rooftop bars.
1. Henry Deane, Hotel Palisade
Opening in late 2015 atop the iconic Hotel Palisade, they take “luxury rooftop” to a whole new level. With an air of high-class Hamptons sprawled across two levels, including several private rooms – treat yourself to their Instagram-worthy cocktail list and bites like Kingfish and Coconut Ceviche or Sashimi Salad.
Bonus: make it an all-nighter and book one of their luxe hotel rooms.
2. The Rook
This is one for the foodies among us, specializing in lobster and burgers. Inconspicuously hidden in the heart of the corporate CBD, The Rook has an uber-cool urban vibe and an even better cocktail list. If you ask us, the Captain Harlock’s Lost Treasure (a rum-filled treat) is not to be missed.
3. Blue Bar on 36 The Shangri-La
This may be one of the most famous hot-spots on the list, and with good reason. Sitting high atop the luxury 5-star hotel (seriously the lift takes you way up to the 36th floor) the views are pretty damn spectacular – and so are the cocktails. Try and nab one of the lounges by a window, day or night you won’t be able to look away from the far-reaching views.
4. Zephr Bar, Hyatt Regency
A new edition to Sydney’s growing rooftop list, you’ll find Zephyr Bar above the Hyatt Regency. With slick interiors and an extensive drinks list, it almost feels like you’ve stepped into an LA hot spot. Offering a less famous, yet still breathtakingly beautiful, view of Sydney Harbour, perch yourself up with a glass of champagne watch the sunset.
5. The Glenmore Hotel
In the heart of one of Sydney’s most historical suburbs, The Rocks, you’ll find The Glenmore Hotel. Occupied since way back in the 1800s, climb up the Aussie icon to the rooftop and you’ll be rewarded with harbour views and friendly locals. Grab a bite from their gourmet food list and wash it down with a craft beer for a true pub experience… with a twist. Be sure to get in early though, tables fill up fast at this popular hot spot.
6. Coogee Pavilion
If you want to venture outside the CBD for your fix of fabulous rooftops, head east to the Coogee Pavilion. The Merivale owned hot-spot went under major renovations a few years ago and has since become the ultimate party destination in the east. Grab a relaxing drink on their balcony overlooking the beach, and stick around after dark for a DJ and dance floor.