Sydney Harbour is the crowning jewel in Australia’s thriving bar and restaurant scene.
On just about every surrounding street corner and on every inch of foreshore you can find a waterfront bar or rooftop bar overlooking one of the most spectacular natural harbours in the world.
Rooftop bars with a view come very cheap in Sydney. They’re literally scattered everywhere. Whether you’re in Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Barangaroo or King Street Wharf there are a variety to choose from, including old style colonial pubs with rooftop beer gardens, cocktail lounges or boutique wine bars serving endless Espresso Martinis alongside locally brewed craft beer.
Every Friday and Saturday night on Sydney Harbour foreshore there’s a choose-your-own adventure beverage experience on offer to suit every budget. Whether you’re sipping a glass of bubbly in the afternoon glow at Opera Bar - with the Sydney Harbour Bridge as your Instagram backdrop - or eating a classic chicken parmigiana at one of the best rooftop beer gardens in all of Sydney, the Glenmore Hotel.
These spots are also not just for tourists. Locals from all over the city pour into Circular Quay, Barangaroo and Darling Harbour bars or the famous alfresco drinking areas along King Street Wharf. They all offer public spaces as well as the option to book a private function space for you and a handful of your closest friends.
As the weather warms up and as we head towards a Spring we all so desperately need, here’s a quick snapshot of just a few of our favourite waterfront bars with a view you need to put on your bucket list the next time you plan to explore Sydney Harbour on a weekend: