The Sydney Opera House is not only one of the most recognised and impressive tourist attractions on the continent, but also a world-class venue showcasing music, theatre and dance. Whether it’s a pre- or post-performance brew, or just a thirst-quencher after a long day of sightseeing, some of the city’s best bars reside near this arts institution; here are our top picks.
Palmer & Co. is the ultimate excuse for sheer decadence on any day of the week. This 1920s-themed cocktail cave is set in a vaulted, exposed-brick basement moments from the Sydney Opera House, boasting live music, luscious libations and a dapper staff. Expect gin-based cocktails to boot and a sinful selection of antipasto and charcuterie in this awe-inspiring 20s throwback.
Palmer & Co., Abercrombie Lane, Sydney, Australia, +61 (02) 9254 8088
This hole-in-the-wall-style bar doesn’t give much away on first impression. A discreet entrance leads curious customers to a rustic bar with a killer, daily-changing cocktail menu and on-trend interiors. Seating only 45 customers, this little gem is popular with those in the know. Head to Bulletin Place for some creative concoctions and then stroll the eight-minute walk to the Sydney Opera House for a true Sydney insider experience.
With a stunning 180-degree view of the harbour, opera house and surrounding waterways, this humble, old-school spot is the perfect when you want to wind down while staying situated in the centre of it all. Built in 1921, The Glenmore offers three levels of fun, fare and fine-quality Aussie and international beers.
The Glenmore Hotel, 96 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, Sydney, Australia, +61 (02) 9247 4794
Relish in rum-based concoctions in this harbour-side watering hole. Perfectly located, Hacienda not only boasts some of the finest views of the water, but impressive interiors inspired by Cuban architecture and the tropical vibes of 1950s Miami hotels. Delve into share plates and take in the harbour at this bar set but a stone’s throw from the Sydney Opera House.
Hacienda, 61 Macquarie Street, Sydney, Australia, +61 (02) 9256 4000
Although an obvious choice, Opera Bar is a pretty great bar to cool off with a glass of bubbly or a beer in Sydney. Neighbour to the impressive Sydney Opera House, this bar seduces a steady flow of tourists, theatre-goers and locals alike to catch up over coffee or a cocktail in this waterfront bar and bistro.
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