The best sips with the best views.
After a lot of much-needed taste testing, exploring and indulging, we’ve happily searched for the best rooftop bars around Sydney. The following 10 rooftop bars can be found both high and low around Sydney’s CBD. Whether that be towering over the city’s most renowned shopping precincts, navigating up four flights of stairs or just a touch away from the Queen Victoria Building, we’ve found it and now you can taste it for yourselves.
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Described as an Aladdin’s cave for adults, Babylon sits graciously on top of the bustling Westfield Pitt Street. But forget designer bags, homewares and apparel, because visitors will instead be transported to a bazaar of fine food and drinks. Stocking 400 international and Australian spirits, a 250+ whisky list and over 300 bottles of wine, you’ll definitely be spoilt for choice at Babylon. To pair with their exotic drinks list, Babylon boasts a mouthwatering food menu that features the likes of Spiced Fried Cauliflower, Saikou Salmon and 12hr Braised Lamb Neck Soup to name a few.
Opening their doors in May this year, Bar Ombré is presented by one of Australia’s favourite Italian restaurant groups, Salt Meats Cheese. Found on the rooftop of the Circular Quay venue, Bar Ombré is adorned with an eclectic mix of deck chairs shrouded with hanging palms and lively greenery to create a laid-back, intimate bar experience. As for the menus, guests can expect nothing short of exceptional thanks to the refreshing mix of antipasti, wood-fired pizzas and, not to forget, their impressive drinks list. Saluti!
Looking for a rooftop bar with the best views of Sydney Harbour? Look no further than Henry Deane. With undisturbed views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the surrounding mesmerizing city skyline, Henry Deane is located inside the Hotel Palisade. Here, visitors will be welcomed to the enclosed rooftop featuring an extended open-air verandah. Or, if you wish to take the party inside, guests will still have the best seat in the house with Henry Deane’s floor to ceiling windows.
Old Mate’s Place
Led by Gabrielle Walters (Black by Ezard) and Daniel Noble (Mojo Record Bar), Old Mate’s Place is an intimate sanctuary hiding in Sydney’s heart. After making your way up the four flights of stairs, guests will be greeted by a mysteriously styled interior embellished with pendulum lighting, leather booths and lush greenery. Then, heading up another set of stairs (it’s worth it, trust us), visitors will open the door to a small rooftop area where the real showstopper is the 360-degree view of Sydney’s surrounding skyline – Sydney Tower Eye will seem like a touch away. Old Mate’s Place’s menu is short but definitely sweet with bar favourites featured.
Inside the enclosed rooftop space in Sydney’s CBD, Sydneysiders will find The Rook – the ultimate rooftop destination year-round. Adorned with marble accentuated bar table tops, wrap-around windows and hanging rattan egg chairs, The Rook is perfect for Monday to Sunday festivities – whether that be after-work drinks, weekend catch-ups and everything in between. With a recently launched Archie Rose Cocktail Garden, you’ll be spoilt for choice with the likes of the Cactus King, made with Archie Rose White Rye, mango nectar, lime and tabasco. As for foodies, the Cajun Shrimp Zucchini Flowers, Prawn and Chorizo Spaghetti and Fried Chicken Burger will surely have you hooked.
Sydney, if you’re looking to brighten up your food and drink travels, look no further than Slims Rooftop. Nestled on the rooftop space of Hyde Park House, Slims praises good weather, fine cocktails and a delectable range of mains to feast on. Featuring checkered floor tiles, giant succulents encasing the venue and blossoming pastel-coloured beach umbrellas for shelter, there’s no doubt that Slims Rooftop creates an intricate, bewitching atmosphere that praises the warmer months. As for the food, Slims serves up izakaya-style dishes which are just as colourful as the venue.
Led by Australian super chef and restaurateur Matt Moran, the waterside venue, Smoke Bar, sits elegantly atop of Barangaroo House in the heart of Sydney’s newest drinking and dining precinct. Overlooking Darling Harbour, Smoke encapsulates everything Matt Moran is renowned for all under the open-air rooftop. With unsurpassed harbour views, table service and delectable eats, Smoke is best enjoyed both day and night thanks to their scrumptious classy cocktails and an exceptionally creative bar menu. For nibbles, we’d recommend the Tuna Tartare, Double Wagyu Cheese Slider and the freshly shucked Sydney Rock Oysters.
SoCal Neutral Bay
Over the bridge and less than 15 minutes north of Sydney’s CBD, lovers of tacos, tequila and everything in between will surely fall in love with Neutral Bay’s SoCal. Founded by Applejack Hospitality’s Hamish Watts and Ben Carroll, SoCal draws heavy inspiration from America’s sunny state of California – so expect laid-back, southern vibe and theme throughout. Their rooftop space is filled with an array of succulents and cacti, pastel décor, hanging greenery and a range of vibrant eats including meats from their smokehouse, exotic taco fillings, fresh salads, raw fish dishes and even Churros for those who can squeeze dessert in. As for tipples, SoCal features an impressive tequila menu that will surely get you talking.
Operated by Australian Venue Co. and inspired by the lush rainforests of north Queensland, Untied is found rooftop bound in Sydney’s Barangaroo. Just a touch away from Wulugul Walk, Untied is described as a rooftop oasis featuring fantastic food to snack on, riveting cocktails and adventurous furniture to create a relaxing holiday-like atmosphere. Coming to life in summer, Untied uses fresh seasonal produce to make a modern Australian menu perfect for shared-style gatherings. With both wine, beer, mocktails and fresh juices to enjoy, Untied also serves up an impressive range of signature and classic cocktails.
What seems like a touch away from Queen Victoria Building, Zeta Bar in the heart of Sydney’s CBD encompasses award-winning cocktails, pristine city skyline views and luxury all into one. Entering Zeta Bar, guests are welcomed by the elegant atmosphere of leather-plushed décor and mesmerizing white marbled fireplaces. Heading outside, the rooftop space is wrapped in clear glass railings to ensure the view will always be the best from any angle. Guests will also find high topped bar tables and chairs as well as portable heaters for the colder months. Renowned for being Australian pioneers of the bartending world, Zeta Bar certainly serves up to their pristine reputation.