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19 Best Rooftop Bars in Sydney

There’s no better way to embrace the expat lifestyle in Sydney than by exploring its thriving rooftop bar scene. The Australian city is a haven for global nomads, with its cosmopolitan vibe, scenic landscapes, iconic landmarks, and vibrant nightlife. Nestled amidst this cultural melting pot are Sydney’s rooftop bars – elevated sanctuaries that combine breathtaking views with exquisite cuisines and innovative cocktails.

For the expat seeking to experience the best of Sydney’s nightlife, this guide brings you the 19 best rooftop bars in Sydney, showcasing the variety, uniqueness, and allure of these sky-high retreats.

My top 19 Sydney rooftop bars

Opera Bar

Located at the iconic Sydney Opera House, Opera Bar is one of the city’s most popular rooftop bars. With stunning views of the harbour, delicious food, and an extensive cocktail menu, Opera Bar is the perfect spot for a night out.

Zephyr Sky Bar

Located on the rooftop of the Hyatt Regency Sydney, Zephyr Sky Bar is a sleek and modern rooftop bar with stunning views of Darling Harbour. With an extensive wine and cocktail menu and a range of delicious small plates, Zephyr Sky Bar is a great spot for a romantic date or a night out with friends.

Coogee Pavilion Rooftop

Located in the Eastern Suburbs, Coogee Pavilion Rooftop is a beachside rooftop bar with stunning views of the ocean. With a range of delicious cocktails, wines, and beers, as well as a menu of delicious pub fare, Coogee Pavilion Rooftop is the perfect spot for a relaxed afternoon or evening.

Sweethearts Rooftop

Located in the heart of Potts Point, Sweethearts Rooftop is a charming and intimate rooftop bar with stunning views of the city. With a range of delicious cocktails and a menu of tasty snacks and small plates, Sweethearts Rooftop is the perfect spot for a romantic date or a night out with friends.

The Glenmore Rooftop

Located in the heart of Sydney’s historic Rocks district, The  Glenmore Rooftop  transports you to an era of heritage charm. Their rooftop bar offers an unbeatable 180-degree view of Sydney Harbour – the perfect backdrop for expats wanting to soak in the city’s picturesque beauty.

Old Mate's Place

 Old Mate’s Place is a hidden gem in Sydney’s CBD offers a unique experience for expats. Old Mate’s Place combines a lush indoor setting with an intimate ambience, ideal for expats seeking a relaxed and comfortable vibe away from the city’s hustle.

The Rook

Located in the CBD, The Rook is a trendy and stylish rooftop bar with stunning views of the city. With a range of creative cocktails and a menu of delicious snacks and small plates, The Rook is the perfect spot for a night out with friends or a romantic date.

The Royal Hotel Paddington

Located in the trendy Paddington neighbourhood, The Royal Hotel Paddington is a classic rooftop bar with stunning views of the city. With a range of delicious cocktails and a menu of classic pub fare, The Royal Hotel Paddington is the perfect spot for a casual night out.

The Standard Rooftop

Located in the CBD, The Standard Rooftop is a trendy and stylish rooftop bar with stunning views of the city skyline. With a range of creative cocktails and a menu of tasty snacks and small plates, The Standard Rooftop is the perfect spot for a night out with friends or a special occasion.

The Lord Gladstone Rooftop

Located in the trendy neighbourhood of Chippendale, The Lord Gladstone Rooftop is a laid-back and casual rooftop bar with stunning views of the city. With a range of delicious cocktails and a menu of tasty pub fare, The Lord Gladstone Rooftop is the perfect spot for a relaxed night out with friends.

Hotel Palisade – Henry Deane

Henry Deane at Hotel Palisade introduces a touch of elegance to your expat lifestyle. This cocktail lounge offers a panoramic view of Sydney Harbour from its sophisticated interiors. Their innovative cocktails are a must-try for the discerning drinker.

Bar Ombre

As an expat, immersing yourself in local culture is essential, and Bar Ombre in Circular Quay helps you do just that. Savour the local ambience with views of the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House, while exploring their creative drinks menu.

Smoke at Barangaroo House

Experience luxury at its finest at Smoke, located on the top floor of Barangaroo House. This rooftop bar offers fantastic harbour views, a modern design, and an exceptional menu curated by Chef Matt Moran – a perfect destination for expats looking for a refined night out.

Untied Rooftop Bar

Untied Rooftop Bar in Barangaroo is the ideal spot for expats seeking a tropical paradise in the heart of Sydney. Their menu celebrates Australian cuisine, and the bar’s vibrant murals and decor create an engaging atmosphere.

The Rooftop Sydney

The Rooftop Sydney, located in Sydney’s CBD, offers a 360-degree view of the city skyline. Their modern Australian menu and extensive drink selection are perfect for expats looking for an authentic Australian dining experience.

Taylor's Rooftop Bar

Taylor’s Rooftop Bar combines breathtaking city views with a relaxed atmosphere. This CBD gem showcases a menu focusing on fresh and local produce – ideal for expats looking to explore local flavours.

The Light Brigade

In the heart of Woollahra, The Light Brigade offers a spectacular 180-degree view of the city. Their wide selection of drinks and delicious pizzas provide a perfect balance between elegance and casual comfort.

Nick and Nora’s

Situated in Parramatta, Nick and Nora’s offers a breathtaking panoramic view of Sydney’s skyline. This luxurious bar boasts a wide selection of champagnes and sophisticated cocktails, offering expats an opulent experience.

Babylon Rooftop

Babylon Rooftop, a hidden oasis in the heart of Sydney, provides an enchanting Middle Eastern-inspired setting for expats. The bar’s lush hanging gardens and city views complement the shared mezze-style menu.

Are these the best rooftop bars in Sydney?

With this guide to the best rooftop bars in Sydney, the expat life in the city promises to be filled with unforgettable experiences. Explore the city’s sky-high nightlife and immerse yourself in the stunning views, delicious food, and refreshing beverages these rooftop bars have to offer. As an expat, these experiences can enrich your time in Sydney, fostering a deeper connection with the city and its vibrant culture.

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