The 9 Best Open Air Bars You Need To Visit This Summer
No one likes being stuck in a stuffy bar when summer hits Sydney.
Luckily the sun-soaked venue trend of 2015 has extended in to this year with a slew of refurbished and old favourite rooftops to keep you sunkissed during your Sunday sessions.
We’ve tried and tested these open air bars and narrowed down the competition to our nine favourite destinations to wet your whistle.
The Woollahra Hotel - The Terrace
The Woollahra Hotel is an iconic favourite, but with a recent change of hands, you will now find a revamped menu and a stunning refurbished open air terrace for dinners, parties and casual drinks. Check the daily meal deals (mmmmmm pan-fried salmon) ahead of time, along with the lineup of live music on Thursday and Sundays.
A convenient loctaion and a vibrant garden courtyard atmosphere to boot, look no further for your fave summer haunt.
The Glenmore Rooftop
If you've never been to The Rocks' most famous rooftop, consider The Glenmore your summer evening prescription. Take in the city lights and Sydney Harbour on the weekend or head over early after work to beat the crowds and snag a coveted table.
Coogee Pavilion Rooftop
Justin Hemmes is irrefutably a genius when it comes to taking a floundering location and turning it into the latest and greated Sydney hotspot. Case in point: Coogee Pavilion. Having just launched it's Sunday Sundown live music event on the rooftop, a rainy forecast can't keep away the crowds from the fantastic smorgasbord, multiple bars (no lines!) and quintessential Merivale atmosphere.
Sweetheart’s Rooftop BBQ
Who said Kings Cross was dead!? It’s definitely worth climbing the stairs to this trendy hotspot for the sticky ribs alone! Better yet, there's wine on tap. When do we move in?
The Buena Vista Hotel
Mosman's open roof skyline terrace features every coctail jug imaginable and is the perfect meeting place for friends on a sunkissed arvo. We recommend the Buena Punch Jug: a blend of Rose, Cointreau, Passionfruit Syrup, Fresh Lime, topped with Lemonade.
Watson’s Bay Boutique Hotel
It's hard to go past this Eastern Suburbs mainstay. Arguably the celeb must-attend in Sydney, Watto Bay elegantly combines seafood lunches with only the finest drinks. ALWAYS grab a bucket of prawns, along with your bucket of beers.
The Ivanhoe Hotel
A million-dollar facelift turned this local hotel into THE Manly seaside venue - and that's saying something. Add The Ivanhoe to your summer dining list now.
The Royal Hotel, Paddington
If we could teleport to The Royal in Paddington overlooking the Sydney city skyline, we might never come back. Enjoy the rooftop terrace view whilst sipping on an array of cocktails. A standout would have to be the 'Shining Knight'; a blend of Smashed Watermelon, Frangelico, Tia Maria and Watermelon Liqueur. Basically #summer in a cup.
The Darlo Bar rooftop
Darlo Bar’s décor makes this rooftop stand apart – think pink flamingos, astro turf and vintage patio furniture – transforming your average open air dining experience into a funky summer favourite for Oxford St locals and travellers alike.