Summer is the best time to take advantage of light evenings, long days and warm weather, and Sydney delivers with an array of amazing rooftop bars, where the cocktails are spectacular and the views are extraordinary.
The heritage Primus Hotel has unveiled its best-kept secret, opening up Level Seven, its New York-inspired rooftop bar, to the public. Located beside a beautiful rooftop pool and featuring lush green areas, nautical cabanas and twinkling fairy lights, Level Seven has quickly become Sydney’s most stylish destination, where you can enjoy champagne and oysters, sip a sophisticated, house-crafted cocktail or sit poolside with a cocktail popsicle. Be sure to try Level Seven’s signature Rosé Spritz, a new twist on the classic Aperol Spritz, or the Veuve Clicquot RICH, a customised cocktail created in collaboration with Veuve Clicquot served with fresh pineapple, grapefruit zest, cucumber and celery or capsicum. Level Seven is your go-to for an evening out with friends with a casual menu designed for sharing.
Delighting Sydneysiders since 1921, The Glenmore is a gem in Sydney’s historic The Rocks. The Glenmore’s famous rooftop boasts sweeping 180-degree views of Sydney Harbour and CBD. Rain and hail never stop the fun at the rooftop bar, as a retractable roof protects customers from the elements, and outdoor heaters warm the place up when the air gets nippy in the evenings. It’s a great place to go, whatever the weather. Soak up some sun with a beer, or enjoy cocktails in the evening and catch a glimpse of the Opera House or passing cruise ships. With colonial, old-English décor and a menu of beloved pub food including schnitzels and steaks, and share-plates jokingly titled “food to fight over,” The Glenmore is as comfortable as your local pub, but its views offer “million dollar” grandeur.
Rooftop at InterContinental Sydney Double Bay
Located on the top floor of the five-star InterContinental Sydney Double Bay, Rooftop Bar and Lounge is a paradise overlooking both leafy Double Bay and sparkling Sydney Harbour. This tranquil, French-style retreat offers brunch every Saturday, and a selection of bar bites and hot and cold canapés to tempt every palate, from oysters and cured salmon to salt and tarragon squid and Peking duck bao buns. The Vodka and Tequila Frosés are popular drink options, as is Rooftop’s signature champagne Moët Ice Imperial. Enjoy the panoramic Sydney views, a classic blue-and-white striped sun lounge, or your own private cabana, where you can order cabana package meals including a fresh seafood selection.
Zephyr Sky Bar
Overlooking Darling Harbour and new urban paradise Barangaroo, the Hyatt Regency’s Zephyr Sky Bar is a unique rooftop destination. This nautical-themed space is hopping with energy, where the cocktails are more than just drinks, but are experiences in themselves. Zephyr is known for its cutting-edge "levitating" drinks presentation, where seasonally-inspired creations are served directly to your table in a smoking levitating glass. Custom vermouth-inspired cocktails, vintage rums and signature drinks such as the Strawberry Spritz and freshly-pressed Grapefruit Martini can be paired with mouth-watering snacks, such as a charcuterie board or flatbreads with homemade dips. This world-class skyline bar is an ideal destination for visitors, or for locals looking for a place to unwind with friends on a summer night.
Sydney’s hottest pop-up rooftop bar, Sky Terrace, is back. Enjoy a refreshing beverage, an exquisite view and an evening of spectacular entertainment. Sky Terrace features four very different alfresco bars, serving amazing drinks from beers to mojitos to unique cocktails—something to cater for everyone’s tastes. The stunning views and Frosé Rosé happy hours at the Peacock Lounge are a real highlight, as are the seasonal cocktails prepared by the Star’s finest mixologists. For those long summer evenings, Sky Terrace offers a wide range of games that will delight the young and the young-at-heart, including badminton, croquet and even a giant Jenga set, and at night, this vibrant outdoor space comes alive to the sounds of a fantastic live music lineup, featuring resident DJs and acoustic artists. It’s the perfect venue for a long night of partying or a chill evening soaking up those summery vibes.