16 of the best rooftop bars in Sydney

There’s nothing quite like enjoying a cool drink at a rooftop bar when the weather is warm and sunny.

A good Sydney rooftop bar not only has great food and drink menus but also fantastic views of the city, the beach, or in some cases, the harbour.

With consideration of food, drink, views, atmosphere and decor; these rooftop bars are some of the best that Sydney has to offer.

16 of the best rooftop bars in Sydney

Cafe Del Mar, CBD

Yes, this is the same Cafe Del Mar that makes the excellent chillout mixes.

This is a luxe restaurant with a swanky Spanish-flavoured menu and bar with a killer cocktail menu.

They have Sunset Sessions every Saturday afternoon, featuring a host of prominent DJ’s including Mark Farina and Sneaky Sound System.

Rooftop Terrace, Cockle Bay Wharf
35 Wheat Rd
Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 9267 6700

Sky Terrace, CBD

Just down the road from Cafe Del Mar is The Star, where you’ll find Sky Terrace.

Navigate your way through poker machines, high rollers and the 24 hour food court in the casino, and you’ll find yourself at the terrace with an incredible view of the harbour.

Also, most importantly: three words. Mojitos. On. Tap.

The Star
80 Pyrmont St
Pyrmont NSW 2009
(02) 9777 9000

Zeta Bar, CBD

Dress to impress at this inner-city bar that’s part of the Hilton hotel and perfect for an after-work beverage or during a break from a weekend shopping trip Pitt Street Mall, The Galeries, and The Strand Arcade. You’ve got a great view of Sydney Town Hall too.

There are fancy cocktails on the drinks list too numerous to name, as well as bar snacks, pizzas, and antipasto, cheese and cured meat share platters.

Slims Rooftop, Hyde Park House, CBD

Slims rooftop overlooks the stunning Hyde Park with uninterrupted views of the nearby city CBD and Centrepoint tower.

47-49 William St
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
(02) 8377 3650

Ivy Pool Club, CBD

If you can only go to one rooftop bar in Sydney, make it Ivy Pool Club. It’s decked out in beautiful bright furnishings, and the bartenders at the far end bar can whip you up a mean cocktail of your choice.

Book a cabana and grab a few pizzas to share among your group. We recommend the capricciosa and then the nutella calzone for dessert.

We wouldn’t recommend getting in the pool, though.

Come night time, head down the stairs to the right of the lifts, head past the unisex bathrooms and into the Changeroom, which is a dance club that plays house and electronic music.

320 George St
Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 9114 7307

Untied, Barangaroo

Rather than take the lift, walk up the exterior stairs to Untied to get a great view of the recently built Barangaroo area.

This funky, colourful bar serves Instagram-worthy cocktails, as well as a “Summer Sangria” perfect for sunny Sunday afternoons.

The bathrooms are very cool, too, decked out in leafy wallpaper and floor to ceiling windows.

400 Barangaroo Avenue
Barangaroo NSW 2000
(02) 8322 2099

The Glenmore Hotel, The Rocks

Would this really be a list of Sydney’s best rooftop bars without including The Glenmore?

It’s been around since the 1800’s, and is one of the last surviving pre-Harbour Bridge buildings on Cumberland Street.

It’s fantastically unpretentious and does some great pub grub.

96 Cumberland St
The Rocks NSW 2000
(02) 9247 4794

Smoke Bar at Barangaroo House, Barangaroo

That black, egg-shaped building smack bang in the middle of Barangaroo is Barangaroo House, celebrity chef Matt Moran’s latest love child with the Solotel Group.

It’s the newest, fanciest bar in the area. There are three levels, but the best one is at the top. It was even awarded best new rooftop bar at the 2018 Time Out Bar Awards.

Level 1 is House Bar; a relaxed, casual joint, while level 2 is high-end restaurant Bea (pronounced “bee”).

But head right to the top, because your effort at making it all the way up is rewarded with a menu of high-end snacks including barramundi sliders, caviar, and ham and cheese donuts.

Also, it’s where you can get that sea urchin martini you may have heard about.

Level 2/35 Barangaroo Avenue
Barangaroo NSW 2000
(02) 8587 5400

Taylors Rooftop, CBD

Get in early because Taylor’s doesn’t really take bookings, and it gets crowded. Really crowded. (See above).

Catering for the nine to fiver’s during the week, it has a more party vibe on the weekend with DJ’s and a dance floor.

For those partying into the wee hours of the morning, there’s a limited menu of some gourmet dishes like pea and spinach tortellini, crumbed king prawns, ham and leek terrine, as well as desserts like sticky date pudding and rhubarb and ginger crumble trifle available.

69-73 Pitt St
Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 9252 6522

Further afield

Some of the best rooftop bars are just out of the city, so they require a bit of travel.

But if you are prepared to make the journey, you’re rewarded with some of the best views of Sydney’s beaches, city fringe and nightlife precincts.

East Village, Darlinghurst

East Village offers a huge range of meals including trendy poke bowls, three different “Hot Bunz” (burgers), and pub classics like steak and schnitzel.

It’s also Instagrammable to the hilt. You’d be doing your social media feed a disservice if you didn’t take at least one happy snap here.

234 Palmer St
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
0431 622 944

Glass House at Hotel Steyne, Manly

The Glass House is a bright, breezy gin bar with great views over Manly beach.

DIY a gin cocktail here. Pick your gin, botanical/s and your mixer, and the bartenders will whip it up for you. Overwhelmed with choice? There’s a whole menu of bartender-approved gin cocktails to pick from.

It’s recently opened, so it’s still relatively not well-known. Our bet is it won’t stay that way for long.

75 The Corso
Manly NSW 2095
(02) 9977 4977

The Royal Hotel, Paddington

This intimate rooftop only has room for 40 people, so get in early or you will have to loiter at the door in the hopes of someone leaving.

If you do manage to nab a seat, settle in for the long haul and enjoy spectacular views over Darlinghurst and the Sydney CBD.

Five Ways, 237 Glenmore Road
Paddington, NSW 2021
(02) 9331 2604

Sweethearts Rooftop, Kings Cross

The old Kit & Kaboodle rooftop bar had a makeover and is now Sweethearts Rooftop.

You won’t even realise you’re in Sydney’s red light district in this casual, pastel-coloured bar filled with greenery.

You can give the main food menu (which consists of 2 parts — Pizza and Not Pizza) a miss.

Instead, grab the banquet set menu and enjoy six courses of great Mexican food for $30 per person.

Level 3, 33-35 Darlinghurst Rd
Potts Point NSW 2011
(02) 9368 7333

Beachside Dojo at Daniel San, Manly

The Dojo is only open to the public during October to April on Sundays, but it’s one of Sydney’s best rooftop bars with a spectacular view right over Manly Beach.

Become a member online and you can enjoy $5 house spirits until 8pm. If you don’t want to sign up, you can still get a bucket of 4 beers for $20.

At other times of the year, it’s a bookable space perfect for weddings, birthdays and other events.

55 North Steyne
Manly NSW 2095
(02) 9977 6963

Coogee Pavilion, Coogee

Home to the Eastern Suburb’s well-to-do Sunday sesh crowd, Coogee Pav (as it’s known) is the place to see and be seen.

The cocktail menu has classics with a twist, and don’t overlook the short but sweet dessert menu, featuring a Nutella calzone, a pavlova and our favourite; a “‘Gay Time’ dome” which is butterscotch ice cream coated in milk chocolate with a biscuit crumb.

Very Australian.

169 Dolphin St
Coogee NSW 2034
(02) 9114 7322

Chingalings, Darlinghurst

This is a little slightly grungier oasis above busy Oxford Street.

It feels like a share house you might have rented with friends during university — cool and slightly ramshackle with comfy sofas and a fun and relaxed atmosphere — but with tastier drinks and better music.

Level 1/133 Oxford St
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
(02) 9360 3333

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