Beer With A View: 5 Best Panoramic Bars in Sydney

With winter well on its way, the window of opportunity to sip a cocktail and enjoy the view from a rooftop without freezing is closing fast. Read below for our picks!

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It’s no secret that Sydney is blessed with some pretty remarkable views. The famous harbour, our top-notch beaches and the glittering CBD are Instagrammable-gold, and nothing goes better with a cracking view than a drink, or two. We’ve compiled a list of Sydney’s 5 best bars with a view so you can enjoy two of the best pleasures in life.

1. Opera Bar

Courtesy of The Sydney Opera House

Sure, it’s an obvious choice, but let’s begin at the very beginning, right? The iconic Opera Bar is an indisputable must in this list. Quite frankly, it bags the top spot for a view of our internationally-celebrated harbour. Sandwiched between the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a bottle of wine al fresco on one of the many outdoor tables, situated right on the waters edge. They boast a wide range of local wine, along with an extensive and experimental cocktail list.

We recommend: Gin Within; a refreshing cocktail of Bombay Sapphire gin, strawberry, lemon and absinthe mist. Perfect light and refreshing drink to sip on while enjoying the view under the still-there Autumn sun.

Lower Concourse Level, Sydney Opera House, 2000

2. The Newport

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Dropping the ‘Arms’ from its name and restyling its entire look, The Newport’s makeover has boosted it to one of the most beautiful venues in our city. Something about the combination of the 180-degree view of the northernmost peninsula of Sydney, the charming red and white striped umbrellas, and the giant cacti make it feel like an ultra-classy movie set. Considering it’s Australia’s largest waterfront beer garden, the tables fill up fast, so we recommend getting in early to pin down an elusive empty picnic table. The wait is always worth it.

We recommend: Watermelon Margarita; comprising of Olmeca Plata tequila, Manzanilla sherry and lime, it’s a wonderful accompaniment to both the view, and to provide a tart undercut to the deliciously fatty and succulent array of rotisserie meats the venue serves up daily.

2 Kalinya Street, Newport, 2106

3. The Royal Hotel

Courtesy of The Royal Hotel Paddington

Don’t let the trek of the multiple flights of stairs scare you, the Royal Hotel has a view worth the sweat. A view of the harbour, the bays and the city itself, make it the ideal setting for afternoon drinks and watching the sun set over Sydney. It’s got an extensive, fairly-priced drinks menu too- not to mention that they have happy hour every day from 5:30 to 6:30. What’s not to like?

We recommend: Classic Chandon S & Orange Spritz. A generous cocktail serving, and only $14.

237 Glenmore Road, Paddington, 2021

4. The Glenmore

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While the rooftop bar is without a doubt the star of the venue, the numerous lower-level bars in this old-style English pub also offer waterfront views that will have you saying ‘phwoar’. A distinctive relaxed vibe makes it a one-of-a-kind in the area, with smaller rooms, couches, and picnic tables dressing the venue down. The perfect spot to grab lunch, or for after work drinks.

We recommend: The Glenmore Sour. A modern twist on the iconic whisky sour, it incorporates Makers Mark, St Germain, blood orange and citrus into a perfect reinvented classic.

96 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, 2000

5. East Village Hotel

Courtesy of East Village Hotel

Amongst an array of ferns, flowers, huge umbrellas and sleek white furniture, you would be forgiven for thinking you were beachfront on a tropical getaway. Again, the stairs are worth tackling to get that jaw-dropping view of Sydney. It isn’t the biggest space, so be sure to grab a table when you can. With a happy hour from 4-6 on Fridays, offering 20% off all tap beer and house wine, it’s the spot to kick off a great weekend.

We recommend: Their seasonal mimosa. Currently, it’s Prosecco and watermelon, and only $12. Yes.

234 Palmer Street, Darlinghurst, 2010

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