Sydney’s 37 Best Rooftop Bars To Tie One On This Summer

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Very few activities scream quintessential Sydney louder than lounging on the rooftop of a bar and sinking a few cold ones in the sun. Indoors is overrated (especially in a post-COVID world), so making the slow-climb to those daylight drinks is now the way to go when those temperatures push higher, and the “day for it” statements come flying in thick and fast. The shimmering harbour city has plenty of perfect spots for this, but to make sure you’re not wasting your time you should at least be aware of the 36 best rooftop bars in Sydney.

From squeaky two-storey cocktail dens hidden in Sydney CBD heritage buildings to classic harbour-view watering holes where rooftop bookings are hard to come, as long as you’re dragging your mates around to these rooftop bars you’ll be doing your Sydney summer absolute justice. Even if it’s not sunny out, heading along to one of these is always a good idea, especially with the ongoing pandemic making outdoor socialising and air ventilation the smarter way to play.

Where To Find Sydney’s Best Rooftop Bars

Old Mate’s Place

Sydney’s 37 Best Rooftop Bars To Tie One On This Summer

Taking up the top two floors of a heritage-listed five-storey building on Clarence Street, Old Mate’s Place is steered by some of the industry’s finest. You can expect a pristine cocktail list here, as well as a solid selection of tinnies and wines to either enjoy in those nutty brown leather booths on the first floor, or the neatly trimmed rooftop up above. Be warned though, there isn’t much space on this rusty rooftop, so it’s worth rocking up early and staking your claim before working your way through that cocktail menu.

Address: Level 4/199 Clarence St, Sydney NSW 2000
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Thursday (4 PM – 2 AM); Friday (12 PM – 2 AM); Saturday – Sunday (2 PM – 2 AM)

Marrickville Springs

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One of the newest entries for Sydney rooftop bars is Marrickville Springs, located above local favourite Philter Brewing with a cosy vibe borrowing heavily from Palm Springs circa 1980. As such, it feels like you’ve been ripped away from Marrickville’s usual grit. Though that’s not to say that this spot doesn’t feel incredibly hipster, with ales and lagers spilling around a space that could easily double as a film set.

The team at nearby Enmore tiki bar Jacoby’s has been tapped to handle the cocktails here, which are just as worthy as the beers and pair up fine with some upscale cheese platters. Much like The Rook, which is also on this list of Sydney rooftop bars, Marrickville Springs has a retractable roof so shelter is there if La Nina gets any spicier.

Address: 92-98 Sydenham Rd, Marrickville NSW 2204
Contact: (02) 9199 9655
Opening Hours: Wednesday – Thursday (5 PM – 10 PM); Friday – Saturday (11 AM – 11 PM); Sunday (11 AM – 6 PM)

Sky Bar at Shell House

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Sydney’s new mega-venue, Shell House, is really four sophisticated venues in one, all incredibly unique and representing the peak of the city’s swanky hospitality scene right now. From the Mad Men-esque Clocktower Bar, built under the guts of the building’s restored clockface, to the frenetic Dining Room & Terrace. Although it’s the glass-encased Sky Bar that’ll have rooftop bar fiends all weak at the knees. Put down the Carlton, you’re drinking Perrier-Jouët and upscale signature cocktails here. It’s an expensive night out, but if ritzy bars are your thing, there is no better. Good luck getting a booking.

Address: 37 Margaret Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Contact: (02) 8262 8888
Opening Hours: Wednesday (4 PM – late); Thursday – Saturday (2 PM – late)

Elm Rooftop Bar

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You’d usually be downstairs frothing on the extensive list of craft beers at Darlinghurst institution The Taphouse. Resist the temptation and head upstairs to Elm Rooftop Bar, which is a newly conceived extension with a full smokehouse menu driven by a trusty rooftop smoker pushing out classics like pulled pork croquettes and brisket.

Much like The Taphouse, the beer list here is stacked, and the signature cocktails ain’t bad either. Get the Black Jack Fizz if you’re partial to a good whisky and enjoy soaking up the vibes of what is now one of the best new Sydney rooftop bars.

Address: level 2/122 Flinders St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Contact: (02) 9159 9843
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday (5 PM – 10 PM); Friday – Saturday (12 PM – 10 PM); Sunday (12 PM – 9 PM)

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Keg & Brew

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Head along to Surry Hills favourite Keg & Brew and go straight up to the fourth floor. The legendary heritage-listed hotel has undergone an incredibly comprehensive refurb to include a new restaurant, function room, and an open plan rooftop bar.

The latter is obviously the best choice for a post-up with the boys, especially since the K&B team have had the good sense to fire up a pizza oven in one corner of the space, as well as wall-fix a large TV used each and every time a big game is on. Fight night up at this sunny rooftop bar is a no-brainer.

Address: 26 Foveaux St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Contact: (02) 9212 1740
Opening Hours: Monday – Tuesday (10 AM – 12 AM); Wednesday (12 PM – 10 PM); Thursday (10 AM – 12 AM); Friday – Saturday (10 AM – 3 AM); Sunday (10 AM – 11 PM)

Darlo Bar

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There are plenty of historic pubs in Darlinghurst, but few can match up to the reliable atmosphere of Darlo Bar. The place has become a meeting spot for the inner-city’s creative scene, mostly thanks to the petite semi-open rooftop bar which plays it simple with festoon lights and jugs of the good stuff. Thanks to the attached bottle shop, the wine list ain’t too bad either, and you’ll be surprised you can even get some decent pet nat up here if the funkier styles of wine speak to you far better than a jug of Carlton could.

The only downside? The food is on the lighter side, and you’re looking at packets of chips and average cheese boards at times. Although the bar does partner up with some local restaurants and can serve you pizza and Thai whenever their mates are open. It’s so laid back here that the bar staff also don’t really care if you order in some Uber Eats. Consider it your second home if you’re a local.

Address: 306 Liverpool St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Contact: (02) 9331 3672
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday (12 PM – 12 AM); Sunday (12 PM – 10 PM)

Hotel Sweeney’s

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Possibly the most iconic rooftop bar in Sydney is Hotel Sweeney’s, enviably located just a stone’s throw from Town Hall. The long-standing pub recently got back into the swing of things post-covid, turning on the taps again and reopening their glorious, generously sized rooftop. Head on up to the third floor and grab an arvo ale when the sun’s at its peak, and you might just stumble upon a sausage sizzle and a cheeky tap takeover while you’re at it.

Although there’s always that reliable Thai kitchen in the pub, with the best orders being a full-flavoured chicken katsu green curry and the superlative black pepper beef.

Address: 236 Clarence St, Sydney NSW 2000
Contact: (02) 9267 1796
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday (9 AM – 2 AM); Friday – Saturday (9 AM – 3:30 AM)

The Glenmore Hotel

Sydney’s 37 Best Rooftop Bars To Tie One On This Summer

A clear view of the Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay power the vibe at The Glenmore Hotel, long considered one of the best rooftop bars Sydney has. The demand has never waned throughout the years, so you’re best placed to plan ahead with a few mates before stomping up those stairs and bathing in the absolute spectacle that is a simple, unpretentious and unparalleled (angled) rooftop that just so happens to be the best located in the entire city.

That goes double if you’re rocking up on the first Sunday of each month, which is when the rooftop stages a delicious bottomless lunch for $85pp, with hearty lamb shoulder and roast chicken. 

Address: 96 Cumberland St, The Rocks NSW 2000
Contact: (02) 9247 4794
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday (11 AM – 12 AM)

Smoke Bar

Sydney’s 37 Best Rooftop Bars To Tie One On This Summer

Smoke Bar at Barangaroo House might demand something a bit more premium than your go-to jug of Coopers, but the pricey day out is well worth your time. This is one of the best and most beautifully appointed rooftop bars in Barangaroo, and while a booking here is probably timed – due to high demand – a boys sesh on this rooftop terrace is never going to feel like a waste.

Address: Level 2/35 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo NSW 2000
Contact: (02) 8587 5400
Opening Hours: Wednesday – Saturday (3 PM – 12 AM); Sunday (2 PM – 10 PM)

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Henry Deane

Sydney’s 37 Best Rooftop Bars To Tie One On This Summer

Sleek, sophisticated, and splashed with salmon pink lounges, Henry Dean’s is a dreamboat as far as the best rooftop bars in the city goes. Walled by massive, constantly polished glass windows, the top floor of Hotel Palisade aggressively pulls in the best views of Sydney and complements them with fresh seafood platters, session-able cocktails, and a respectable list of craft beers, spirits and wines. The view is a strong case for this being the best rooftop bar Sydney has to offer.

Address: 35 Bettington St, Millers Point NSW 2000
Contact: (02) 9018 0123
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Wednesday (4 PM – 10 PM); Thursday – Saturday (12 PM – 12 AM); Sunday (12 PM – 10 PM)

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The Light Brigade

Sydney’s 37 Best Rooftop Bars To Tie One On This Summer

As good as the rest of The Light Brigade Hotel is, the Woollahra pub simply wouldn’t be as much of a powerhouse without its massive, open rooftop bar. The top floor was the best decision the Bayfield family made when they took the reigns of the legendary venue circa-2015, making full use of the location with an incredible view boosted by a supreme list of Aussie crafts and premium wines. 

Address: Oxford St &, Jersey Rd, Woollahra NSW 2025
Contact: (02) 9357 0888
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday (10 AM – 12 AM); Friday – Saturday (10 AM – 1 AM); Sunday (10 AM – 10 PM)

The Butler

Sydney’s 37 Best Rooftop Bars To Tie One On This Summer

If you’re heading through this Potts Point hotspot, then be sure to bypass the inside dining spread for a hard-earned spot on the outside garden terrace. The Butler may not be defined as a rooftop bar, but this small part of the rIf you’re heading through this Potts Point hotspot, then be sure to bypass the inside dining spread for a hard-earned spot on the outside garden terrace. The Butler may not be defined as a rooftop bar, but this small part of the restaurant jutting out and overlooking Potts Point is without any doubt one of the best outdoor spaces in Potts Point. Grab a few of those creative cocktails from the bar inside and bring them out here for the ultimate summer sesh.

Address: 123 Victoria St, Potts Point NSW 2011
Contact: (02) 8354 0742
Opening Hours: Monday – Tuesday (5 PM – 11 PM); Wednesday – Sunday (12 PM – 11 PM)

Coogee Pavilion

Sydney’s 37 Best Rooftop Bars To Tie One On This Summer

Now that the Coogee Pavilion’s middle floor restaurants are finally open, Merivale’s beachside mega venue has never been more popular. Although the rooftop is still the place you want to be if some post-swim summer drinking is on the schedule. Not only are you going to the beachside breeze, but the rooftop is also big enough that it almost never feels overcrowded, despite being the most popular address in the area. It’s also one of the few Sydney bars with so many dining restaurants just a few inches away.

Address: 169 Dolp169 Dolphin St, Coogee NSW 2034
Contact: (02) 9114 7321
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday (7:30 AM – 12 AM); Sunday (7:30 AM – 10 PM)

ivy Pool Club

Sydney’s 37 Best Rooftop Bars To Tie One On This Summer

The more party-minded, influencer-swamped vibe up at ivy’s Pool Club may not be for everyone, but it’s hard to deny the impact this rooftop bar has had on the city’s social scene. Regular parties, a top-quality Italian restaurant (Uccello), and a discerning drinks list make this one of the best rooftop bars in Sydney. It’s also the only Sydney rooftop cocktail bar where you can get your kit off and go for a dip in between drinks.

Address: 320 George St, Sydney NSW 2000
Contact: (02) 9114 7307
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Friday (11:30 AM – 2 AM); Saturday (6 PM – 2 AM)

Slim’s Rooftop

Sydney’s 37 Best Rooftop Bars To Tie One On This Summer

Climb the stairs at Hyde Park House and you’ll be rewarded with the most vibrant and colourful rooftop bar in Sydney. The Palm Springs vibes are strong here, although that’s far from the only reason for this rooftop bar’s undying popularity. The kitchen pumps out some of the best snacks this side of Sydney, from fresh raw tuna tacos to perfectly textured pan-fried dumplings. Slims Rooftop is simply one of the best rooftop bars Sydney has to offer.

Address: 47-49 William St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Contact: (02) 8377 3650
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday (10 AM – 3 AM); Sunday (10 AM – 10 PM)


Sydney’s 37 Best Rooftop Bars To Tie One On This Summer

The best thing about Hyatt Regency isn’t necessarily the rooms – as nice as they are; Zephyr is why every Sydneysider has been through those doors, offering up an incredible vibe and one of the most lavishly designed rooftop bars the city has seen. The drinks list unsurprisingly comes with a premium, but the bar staff here are quite nifty when it comes to a well-balanced classic cocktail.

Address: Level 12/161 Sussex St, Sydney NSW 2000
Contact: (02) 8099 1234
Opening Hours: Thursay – Friday (3 PM – 11 PM); Saturday (12 PM – 12 AM); Sunday (12 PM – 10 PM)

Blu Bar On 36

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It may have an outdated dress code, but Blu Bar on 36, part of the Shangri-La Sydney hotel, is appropriately lush. Even without the pristine view, this would still be one of the best rooftop bars in Sydney. It may not be open-air, but the atmosphere here is sky-high luxury at its finest, and one of the few things that don’t feel lacklustre at the otherwise ageing hotel. There are plenty of changes we’d like to see at Shangri-La Sydney, but this isn’t one of them (except, of course, the dress code).

Address: 176 Cumberland St, Sydney NSW 2000
Contact: (02) 9250 6000
Opening Hours: Thursday (4 PM – 10 PM); Friday (4 PM – 11 PM); Saturday (2 PM – 11 PM); Sunday (2 PM – 10 PM)

The Glasshouse

Sydney’s 37 Best Rooftop Bars To Tie One On This Summer

Hotel Steyne’s sordid past is well-hidden by its fresh, squeaky clean rooftop bar, with views scanning Manly beach and the ever-busy Corso below. Fans of a good G&T will have fun trying to work their way through the sizable list of botanicals, best paired with some grazing plates while one of the best beachside suburbs in Sydney earns its reputation a thousand times over during peak summer. 

Address: 75 The Corso, Manly NSW 2095
Contact: (02) 9977 4977
Opening Hours: Thursday – Saturday (12 PM – 2 AM); Sunday (12 PM – 11:30 PM)


Sydney’s 37 Best Rooftop Bars To Tie One On This Summer

Barangaroo’s slightly irreverent, playful rooftop bar is as popular as ever. Since opening a few years ago, Untied has become mecca for Barangaroo’s after-work crowd, surrounded by towering office buildings but maintaining a safe enough distance to truly feel like a refuge.

Address: 400 Barangaroo Avenue, Sydney
Contact: (02) 8322 2099
Opening Hours: Monday – Wednesday (12 PM – 10 PM); Thursday – Friday (12 PM – 12 AM); Sunday (11 AM – 10 PM)

Cafe Sydney

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Cafe Sydney isn’t exactly a bar. You’ll want to go here for a good, reliable brunch if it’s a pearler out on the harbour. But you can expect a nice and tight wine list up on the top of Sydney’s historic Customs House. That’s enough to qualify this as one of the best rooftop bars in Sydney.

Address: 5 Sydney Customs House, 31 Alfred St, Sydney NSW 2000
Contact: (02) 9251 8683
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday (10 AM – 3 PM)

East Village Hotel

Sydney’s 37 Best Rooftop Bars To Tie One On This Summer

Fancy one of the best pub steaks in Sydney? You’ll find the peppery beast up on the rooftop of Darlinghurst’s East Village Hotel, made even better by the eternally festive atmosphere that’s most ideal when you’ve come with the boys for some sundowners and general frivolity. This sunny rooftop bar is surely one of Sydney’s best.

East Village Sydney is another place that gets packed out quickly, so you might have to plan ahead if you want to make the most of it. Note that there are a few East Village Hotels across Sydney – you want the Darlinghurst one, where the rooftop is decorated so proudly with fairy lights, the steak is almost always on-point, and the classic cocktails go down an absolute treat.

Address: 234 Palmer St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Contact: 0431 622 944
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday (12 PM – 12 AM); Saturday (10 AM – 12 AM); Sunday (10 AM – 10 PM)

Rooftop Bar at InterContinental Sydney Double Bay

Sydney’s 37 Best Rooftop Bars To Tie One On This Summer

Pushing ivy Pool Club with a little bit of friendly competition is one of the only few rooftop bars with a pool that can even hope of competing with Hemmes’ darling. While the pool here is nowhere near as big, InterContinental Double Bay has done well to offer a swim, beer and snack up on the exclusive rooftop, which offers one of the best views in the area.

Address: 33 Cross St, Double Bay NSW 2028
Contact: (02) 8388 8388
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday (12 PM – 6 PM)

Level Seven At Primus Hotel (CURRENTLY CLOSED)

Sydney’s 37 Best Rooftop Bars To Tie One On This Summer

It’s hard to believe that there was a time when Sydney didn’t actually have any rooftop pool bars. That memory is thankfully hazy, not only thanks to ivy Pool Club and InterCon Double Bay, but this CBD hotel shines with character, cocktails and shimmering blue waters, looked down upon by Sydney’s tallest skyscrapers. You’ll likely need to book a table in advance, but few central bars can compete with this New York-inspired rooftop bar once you master the ol’ dip-and-drink rhythm.

Note that the Primus Hotel is no more, and is soon to become the very first Kimpton Hotel in Australia, bringing InterContinental Hotel Group’s premium accommodation offering to Sydney.

Address: Level 7/339 Pitt Street, Sydney
Contact: (02) 8014 5663

Rooftop At The Old Clare Hotel

Sydney’s 37 Best Rooftop Bars To Tie One On This Summer

Backed by the hanging gardens of ritzy fresh-faced apartment blocks, the Rooftop upon the luxurious Old Clare Hotel in Chippendale is an absolute vision. An immaculately clean pool, a rich list of quality cocktails, and some decent food to boot. As with the other hotel rooftop pool bars, you’ll probably need to book ahead – this isn’t a first-come, best-dressed situation.

Address: 1 Kensington St, Chippendale NSW 2008
Contact: (02) 8277 8277

SoCal Neutral Bay

Applejack SoCal Rooftop Terrace
Applejack SoCal Rooftop Terrace

Coming from AppleJack, SoCal Neutral Bay has remained one of the best bars this side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and will always get over well with its locally-minded themed nights and Mexican eats. The rooftop bar gets to soak up plenty of Sydney’s sunniest days, so this is always a good choice if you’re in the area.

Address: 1 Young St, Neutral Bay NSW 2089
Contact: (02) 9904 5691
Opening Hours: Monday – Tuesday (5 PM – 12 A); Wednesday – Thursday (12 PM – 12 AM); Friday – Saturday (12 PM – 1 AM); Sunday (12 PM – 10 PM)

Lady Banks


Lady Banks is the newest rooftop bar on this list, showing the greater west some love above Flinders Centre in Bankstown. Panoramic views of far-away Sydney CBD lie in one direction, while the other pulls in some remarkable vistas of the Blue Mountains. Cocktails and a share-style menu make up the offering here, but really it’s all about the unique positioning, making Lady Banks pretty much the only rooftop terrace in Sydney that can claim a view like this.

Address: Level 10 Flinders Centre, 25 Restwell Street, Bankstown NSW 2200

Sweethearts Rooftop

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You’ll find Sweethearts Rooftop on top of Potts Point Hotel, really sharpening that urban chic design brief that almost aggressively modernises that dusty drinking culture often associated with Kings Cross. You’ll always find a good time up at this Sydney bar, which feels distinctively separate from Potts Point Hotel, with a more youthful spirit built up by share-style burgers, pizzas, signature cocktails, Pimm’s on tap, and weekly nights like Sunday Party, live music and rooftop cinema sessions.

Address: Level 3/33-35 Darlinghurst Rd, Potts Point NSW 2011
Contact: (02) 9368 7333
Opening Hours: Wednesday (4 PM – 12 AM); Thursday (5 PM – 12 AM); Friday (12 PM – 12 AM); Saturday (10 AM – 12 AM); Sunday (12 PM – 12 AM)

Babylon Rooftop

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Inspired by the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, this sprawling rooftop bar is often overlooked simply because it is perched on top of Westfield Sydney. And yeah, I get it. Heading out to a rooftop bar in a shopping centre doesn’t exactly scream sophistication, but it’s hard not to be impressed by what the designers have done here.

Plenty of distinct spaces make up this Sydney rooftop bar, which is then layered some reasonably priced meze and slow-cooked meats along with cocktails and a decent wine list that counts over 300 drops from Australia and beyond. Not a bad shout if you’ve just gone on a shopping spree at Harrolds and Calibre, or done some watch shopping at nearby boutiques for TAG Heuer, Breitling, and Grand Seiko.

Address: Level 7/188 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000
Contact: (02) 8014 5663
Opening Hours: Monday (12 PM – 10 PM); Tuesday – Wednesday (12 PM – 11 PM); Thursday – Friday (12 PM – 12 AM); Saturday (11:30 AM – 12 AM); Sunday (11:30 AM – 10 PM)

The Rook

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The Rook is located on the rooftop, but it isn’t what you’d typically expect from a rooftop bar. That is until they let that retractable roof peel back to unveil a splendid Sydney day. Grab a round of spicy margaritas and park them up alongside a spread of fried chicken bites, Sydney rock oysters, and one of the better lobster rolls you’d find in the city. Once you’ve fallen into the rhythm of this York Street rooftop bar, it’s almost impossible to resist becoming a regular.

Address: Level 7/56-58 York St, Sydney NSW 2000
Contact: (02) 8322 2008
Opening Hours: Monday (4 PM – 9 PM); Tuesday – Thursday (12 PM – 11 PM); Friday – Saturday (12 PM – 12:30 AM)

The Royal Hotel

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A favourite for the after-work crowd, The Royal Hotel sports one of the best rooftop terrace areas in Paddington, crowning the heritage pub with an open-air spread that affords brilliant city views that stretch out across the bay and Sydney harbour. Take in one sunset up here and you’ll easily be coming back for me, drinking down the vibes as fast as those frothies. The heritage pub is known for curating some of the best drinks in the area, so have fun pairing up some top tipples with upscale pub food. Just get in early; bookings are hard to come by in summer.

Address: 237 Glenmore Rd, Paddington NSW 2021
Contact: (02) 9331 2604
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday (11 AM – 12 AM); Sunday (11 AM – 10 PM)

Taylor’s Rooftop

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The ground floor of the Republic Hotel may look like a classic Aussie pub, but make your way up to the fourth if you want to really party in style. You’ll walk out into the neatly trimmed Taylor’s Rooftop, another favourite for the Sydney CBD after-work crowd, nicely shaped with a palpable party vibe and a diverse drinks list that’s mostly favouring some of Australia’s preferred craft beers.

Address: 69-73 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000
Contact: (02) 9252 6522
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday (10 AM – 12 AM); Friday (10 AM – 2 AM); Saturday (12 PM – 2 AM)

Vue Bar

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You’d expect Bondi Beach to basically be flooded with rooftop bars. But it isn’t. The closest one to quality here would be Vue Bar, which has a spacious outdoor terrace overlooking the world-famous stretch of sand. You’ll get your typical pub vibes here, with the standard beer list to match. And hey, that’s good enough if Bondi is your thing.

Address: Level 1/80 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach NSW 2026
Contact: (02) 9130 5166
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday (4 PM – 11 PM); Friday (12 PM – 12 AM)

Nick & Nora’s

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Showing up for the Parramatta crowd is Nick & Nora’s, getting in early before the central hub of Western Sydney really takes off in terms of cultural offerings. Fantastic views over the Sydney skyline help build up a grand style that Parra hasn’t really seen in, well, forever. You’ll get that from the 26th floor SKYE Suites on Macquarie Street, complemented greatly by a 30s inspired interior, an extensive menu of creative cocktails, and over 50 types of Champagne from some of the world’s most iconic houses.

Given Nick & Nora’s Parramatta is owned by The Speakeasy Group, who operate some of the best bars Sydney and Melbourne have ever seen, like Surry Hills favourite Mjolner and Boilermaker House, you can easily expect a primo selection of whiskies, cognacs, and other top-shelf spirits behind the bar.

Address: Level 26/45 Macquarie St, Parramatta NSW 2150
Contact: (02) 8646 4930
Opening Hours: Wednesday – Thursday (5 PM – 12 AM); Friday – Saturday (4 PM – 12 AM); Sunday (3 PM – 10 PM)

Bar Ombre

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The same team that spread all that Italian providore love around Sydney with Salt Meats Cheese has opened up their own rooftop bar in Circular Quay. That’d be Bar Ombre, obviously favouring fresh Italian food and drinks with an aperitivo hour (4pm-6pm every weekday) and a dedicated spritz menu.

Address: Level 3, Alfred St, Sydney NSW 2000
Opening Hours: Monday – Wednesday (12 PM – 9 PM); Thursday (12 PM – 10 PM); Friday – Saturday (12 PM – 12 AM); Sunday (12 PM – 10 PM)

Strawberry Hills Hotel

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This classic Surry Hills pub, much like Keg & Brew, has undergone a nice little refurbishment to bring it into modern times. That means the relaxed rooftop courtyard is as vibrant as ever, complemented by a new pub food menu that takes a more sophisticated approach to the essentials like lamb shanks, sirloin steak, and burgers.

One of the best things about the Strawberry Hills Hotel it virtually never closes. You might run into an issue if they close a bit earlier than usual, but typically you’re looking at one of Sydney’s only 24-hour pubs. Hence, the rooftop can be enjoyed even if it’s 4 AM on a Wednesday.

Address: 453 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Contact: (02) 9699 3355
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday (9 AM – 6 AM); Saturday (9 AM – 5 AM); Sunday (10 AM – 12 AM)

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

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The Sydney skyline and Sydney Harbour Bridge may be a distant blip, but the wide-angle view of looking back at the city from Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel is like no other perspective in the city. You may not be able to easily hop around the bars of Oxford Street, and Darling Harbour is a faded memory when you’re out at Watsons Bay, but the mega-venue remains a reference point when we’re thinking of all-day bars that fully capture Sydney’s best qualities.

The food can be hit or miss here, but as long as you’re going for the fresh seafood platters you’ll be fine. And while the grog can be a bit overpriced, the cost is worth it if you’re hanging out in the open-air spaces, stand-up paddleboarders wading in the background while you’re downing your drink of choice.

Most of the other rooftop bars on this list could theoretically be repeated in any other Australian state. Not this one.

Address: 1 Military Rd, Watsons Bay NSW 2030
Contact: (02) 9337 5444

Webster’s Bar

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Websters Bar is the best rooftop in the inner west, serving up a nice beer list and some classic cocktails in a typical no-fuss Newtown atmosphere that gets over well with the nearby uni crowd. Always reliably busy, the former Zanzibar is the place you want to be if you’re looking to pair up some whisky and wings in a space that looks like it could be your rich hipster mate’s private courtyard.

Address: 323 King St, Newtown NSW 2042
Contact: (02) 9137 9796
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday (10 AM – 2 AM); Friday – Sunday (10 AM – 4 AM)

Rooftop Bars In Sydney – Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best rooftop bar in Sydney?

You’ve got plenty of rooftop bars in Sydney making choosing just one a hard choice. The best rooftop bars for a summer session are The Glenmore, Henry Deane, and Old Mate’s Place.

What is the best rooftop bar in Sydney CBD?

You’ve got a few options if you’re looking for a rooftop bar in Sydney CBD. Old Mate’s Place is always a winner, but Hotel Sweeney’s is also a great choice.

What is the best rooftop bar in Bondi?

Vue Bar would be the best rooftop bar in Bondi.