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The Best Rooftop Restaurants In Sydney
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The Best Rooftop Restaurants In Sydney

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Australia’s largest city, Sydney is the biggest hub for tourists and business people, and is home to the two most famous landmarks in the country, the Sydney Opera House and The Sydney Harbour Bridge. Between the many great bars and restaurants throughout the city, it would be a shame to be cooped up inside, missing out on the gorgeous Sydney weather. Check out the best rooftop bars in Sydney.
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Royal Hotel Paddington

The Royal Hotel Paddington, established in the late 1800s, has been one of the primary spots in Paddington for a great atmosphere, music, drinks, food and fun for over a century. This pub has gone through a lot of changes in its history, recently being renovated to change its look to become more modern and sophisticated, as well as opening its rooftop to customers as a gorgeous rooftop bar with views over eastern Sydney.

Royal Hotel Paddington, 237 Glenmore Rd, Paddington NSW, Australia +61 2 9331 2604

Sydney by night | © Hai Linh Truong/Flickr
Sydney by night | © Hai Linh Truong/Flickr
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The Local Taphouse

Beer lovers throughout the Sydney region are making their way down to this hipster paradise in Darlinghurst. New and unique beers are always on the menu at The Local Taphouse, where you are invited to try one of the many artisan beers on tap, or, if none of those tickle your fancy, you have at your disposal a huge choice of craft beers by the bottle. Don’t forget, if it’s a nice day you should definitely make your way up to the rooftop garden bar and soak up the gorgeous Australian sun while enjoying one of the great beers on offer.

The Local Taphouse, 122 Flinders St, Darlinghurst NSW, Australia +61 2 9360 0088

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ZanziBar Newtown

If you’re looking for great views over the Sydney city-scape, ZanziBar Newtown is the place to go. This pub, boasting three levels including a rooftop terrace, is located in the heart of Newtown, a suburb southwest of Sydney’s CBD, and provides the perfect place to kick back with a few drinks under the Aussie sun on their 1950s Australian backyard style terrace, complete with decorative flamingos and astroturf. To enjoy the experience fully, make sure you pick up a jug of one of their many Australian beers on tap to enjoy while you relax out in the fresh air.

ZanziBar Newtown, 323 King Street, Newtown NSW, Australia +61 2 9519 1511

Sweethearts Rooftop Bar | Image Courtesy of Sweethearts Rooftop Bar
Sweethearts Rooftop Bar | Image Courtesy of Sweethearts Rooftop Bar
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Sweethearts Rooftop Barbeque

Trivia nights, Sunday sessions and resident DJs on a Saturday, these are the telltale traits of a great local pub, only to be rounded off with a great play on words: ‘Tappy Hour’, every day from 3-6pm . Sweethearts Rooftop Barbeque is the classic Australian pub, only with one special difference, 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.

Sweethearts Rooftop Barbeque, 33-37 Darlinghurst Rd, Potts Point NSW, Australia +61 2 9368 7333

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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 café, bar and restaurant is inspired by the Balearic Islands, off the east coast of Spain, which are infamous for being glamorous, international party destinations. 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.

Café del Mar, 35 Wheat Rd, Rooftop Terrace, Cockle Bay Wharf, Sydney NSW, Australia +61 2 9267 6700

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Darlo Bar

Darlo Bar, named after the suburb in which it’s located, Darlinghurst, is traditionally known as the Royal Sovereign Hotel, but this two-level bar doesn’t reflect royalty or sovereignty in the traditional sense, rather it pays homage to music royalty and serves those who appreciate it. Downstairs, you’ll be able to listen to the music greats from the classic rock era from the 1950s to early 80s, while upstairs, everything from soul and blues to funk and reggae is setting the mood on this open air terrace, where you can admire the vertical garden while enjoying one of the great, fresh cocktails on offer.

Darlo Bar, 306 Liverpool St, Darlinghurst NSW, Australia +61 2 9331 3672

Sydney Opera House by night | © Vera & Jean-Christophe/Flickr
Sydney Opera House by night | © Vera & Jean-Christophe/Flickr
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The Glenmore Hotel

Perfectly situated in The Rocks, in Sydney’s northern shore, 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, rain, hail 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.

The Glenmore Hotel, 96 Cumberland St, The Rocks NSW, Australia +61 2 9247 4794