The Best Rooftop Bars In Sydney, Australia

Photo of Matthew Clark
9 February 2017

Australia’s largest city, Sydney, is the country’s biggest hub for tourists and business people alike. It would be a shame to be cooped up inside, missing out on the gorgeous Sydney weather and beautiful views. Check out the best rooftop bars in Sydney.

Sweethearts Rooftop Barbeque

Bar, Pub, Pub Grub, $$$
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Sweethearts rooftop © Sweethearts
Sweethearts rooftop | © Sweethearts

Trivia nights, Sunday sessions and resident DJs on a Saturday, these are the tell-tale traits of a great local pub. All of this is rounded off with a great play on words wit the pub’s ‘Tappy Hour’, every day from 3 to 6pm where local tap beers are $5. Sweethearts Rooftop Barbeque is the classic Australian pub, only with one special difference: the rooftop. Located in the inner-city suburb of Potts Point, this pub is the perfect place to have an outdoor rooftop bar, where you can enjoy the great Australian weather along with modern Australian pub food, local beer and awesome company.

Café del Mar

Restaurant, Bar, Cafe, Mediterranean, $$$
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Cafe del Mar terrace © Cafe del Mar
Café del Mar has views across Darling Harbour | Courtesy of Café del Mar

If you’re looking for a quick bite, a few drinks under Sydney’s sun, or a long meal, Café del Mar Sydney has got you covered. This cafe, bar and restaurant is inspired by the Balearic Islands off the east coast of Spain, which are infamous for being a glamorous international party destination. You’ll be able to relax with a Spanish-style cocktail or share a sangria pitcher with friends on this sun deck in Sydney’s CBD, looking over the beautiful Cockle Bay and Darling Harbour.

Glenmore Hotel

Bar, Pub, Beer, Wine, Cocktails, Pub Grub, Australian, $$$
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Perfectly situated in The Rocks, The Glenmore Hotel makes use of this fantastic location by providing a rooftop view over the most iconic building in the country, the Sydney Opera House. Thanks to the recently installed retractable roof, this rooftop bar remains open all year round, come rain or shine, to give you the opportunity to take in these great views. With great beers, wines, ciders and cocktails, this bar is incredibly well stocked and is sure to help you wet your whistle.

Zeta Bar

Bar, Contemporary, $$$
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Zeta Bar terrace © Zeta Bar
Courtesy of Zeta Bar

One of Sydney’s premier bars is Zeta, which offers incredible cocktails that are matched only by the stunning views over the city. This bar is sleek and sophisticated, specializing in cocktails that push the boundaries. The bartenders here have mastered the classics and create delicious contemporary flavor combinations. You can get access to this trend-setting bar by taking a glass elevator up the Hilton Hotel and visiting the chic terrace bar that overlooks the Queen Victoria Building, which remains an icon of Sydney’s architecture.

Sky Terrace

Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
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Sydney Harbour bridge
Sydney Harbour bridge | © Paul Bica/Flickr
While you’re at Sky Terrace, taking in the amazing views of Sydney from the dead center of the city, you can peruse the drinks menu. Relax with a couple of their great cocktails, while listening to the great tunes by live DJs until late into the night. This open-air rooftop bar, which is located atop of the Star Event Centre, is the perfect place to chill out at the end of a long day.