Sydney is one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, and its 4.5 million residents make sure they put on a show come rain or shine. From its sandstone coves to sun-blazed beaches, Sydney is an exhibitionist city, and resembles a glittering playground of adventure rather than an economical hub or political centre. It’s because of this sense of adventure that Sydney is one of the most creative and cultural cities in Australia, and an opportunity that can’t be missed.
If you’re thinking of taking a trip down under, then we’re sure that experiencing the local food and drink will be near the top of your list. Just like many other cities, Sydney is transformed in the evening, offering a landscape of lights and star-studded restaurants and bars to cater for the ever-electric indigenous population. Let’s take a look at some of the best rooftop hospitality this spectacular city has to offer.
Hunky Dory Social Club
The rooftop of the Hunky Dory Social Club provides a great close-up of the Opera House’s amazing sails and Harbour Bridge, and the cocktails are pretty good too! This is certainly one of Sydney’s best rooftops, and from ornate lanterns to great peppered steaks, this is a bar you can definetly spend the entire night in. Open until 4am, watching the sunrise from the Hunky Dory rooftop is an experience that can’t be missed.
The Glenmore Hotel
This hotel bar is over 90 years old, and although its home to the granddad of rooftop terraces, it still remains one of Sydney’s most iconic and beautiful bars. The view from the Glenmore Hotel is so effortlessly distracting that you may even forget to order a drink, but when you do decide to wet your tongue, make sure you head straight for the cocktail barman! With more great views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, the Glenmore certainly caters for the cooler-classes of Sydney.
Corridor is more of a social hub than a rooftop bar, and combined with its excellent food and relaxing atmosphere, it’s one of Newtown’s best kept secrets. If you are looking to eat here then its best to book a table well in advance – the rooftop area is pretty small, and views of the harbour are limited on busy nights. There are however live jazz bands every night of the week, so if you’re looking for some real entertainment then this is the bar for you!
The Strawberry Hills Hotel
Recently re-opened after a major refurbishment, past visitors to this hotel’s roof terrace will struggle to recognise most of the bar! If you’re looking to escape the hipsters of the inner-city, and relax with a pizza and a beer or two, then the Strawberry Hills Hotel won’t fail to disappoint. Although the views of the Opera House are some of the best in the city, there are also a number of televisions as well as an 1950s juke box for your enjoyment!