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Sydney’s best city bars with a birds eye view


There is no better place in the world than Sydney and there is no better place to enjoy it than at one of Sydney’s best city bars with a view.

Sydney is known for its spectacular scenery including the iconic Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and city. Our list of bars include a place you can grab a drink and admire the incredible Sydney view. What else could you ask for?!


You cannot come to Sydney and not visit the Opera Bar, PERIOD! Aside from the proximity to the Opera House it provides a sensational view of the Harbour Bridge, city and Luna Park. You would think that the Opera Bar would be full of tourists and you wouldn’t be wrong there, but it’s also full of locals. This is my absolute favourite spots on a clear day and just like the tourists you’ll find me taking a happy snap, every single time! Most weekends and afternoons the Opera Bar will also have a live band or vocalist.


Blu Bar on 36 is located high above the city with panoramic views of the city. Located on level 36 of the Shangri-La Hotel, it’s a sophisticated cocktail lounge which serves the best cocktails in town. Cocktails are on the pricey side but it’s worth it, if only to go up and see the views at sunset. Don’t forget to dress to impress since you’ll be stepping into a hotel bar.


The Glenmore hotel at the rocks is a multi-level hotel with magnificent views and surroundings. The rooftop bar provides 180 degree views as seen in the picture and is the perfect spot on the weekend. If you’re visiting from out of town then I recommend spending the day at the rocks. Start by visiting the Rocks market which is open from 10-5pm on the weekend or the food markets which are also open during the week. Next, stop at the Glenmore hotel where you can great a great meal and a drink at the rooftop bar.



The Hotel Palisade has recently become a hit with Sydney siders because of its sophisticated charm and contemporary cocktail lounge with views of the city. The views at the Hotel Palisade are absolutely incredible and you can literally turn in any direction to admire the view. Henry Deane is the cocktail lounge with the views, which is a restaurant by day and a cocktail lounge by night.


The recently renovated venue is a great spot to get the same views as you would at the Opera Bar. In fact the venue is directly opposite the Opera Bar, about 5 minutes’ walk around the water front. Downstairs is a cool casual bar which often hosts some very cool parties such as salsa night and R&B nights. Be sure to look them up on Facebook to find a current list of what’s going on . Upstairs at the venue you’ll find the Junk Lounge which is great of a night time and much warmer if you’re visiting in autumn or winter. This venue overall can be limited when cruise ships dock as it will entirely block the view so either check the boat timetable. Worst case scenario Opera Bar is only 5 minutes walk ? . 

Hope you enjoy the Eat Well Travel Everywhere guide to Sydney’s best city bars with a view.

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