Top 5 Rooftop Bars
By Betty Zhang
‘There’s no place like a rooftop bar’: the would-be eternal refrain of Dorothy if she were a summer lovin’ Aussie. And she would’ve been right. With fresh air, gorgeous views and cold drinks, rooftop bars are perfect for summer hangouts. So do transport yourself to one of the bars below!
Café Del Mar
This Mediterranean-inspired venue exudes casual elegance and style. You’ll love their eclectic music and cuisine.
What’s There: Spanish and Mediterranean dishes with a light French, Italian and Australian touch, cocktails, Sangria pitchers, beer, cider, wine, liqueurs and aperitifs
Enjoy the sunset and harbour view on their spacious, shaded sun deck.
35 Wheat Road, Cockle Bay Wharf
(8 minute walk from Town Hall Station)
Mon - Sat: 12:00pm - 12:00am
Sun: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
(02) 9267 6700
Food Menu: http://www.cafedelmar.com.au/cafe-del-mar-menu
Drinks Menu: http://www.cafedelmar.com.au/cafe-del-mar-drink-menu
The Pines (Ivanhoe Hotel)
This relaxed and inviting rooftop bar resembles a surf lodge. Adorned with old-school tennis rackets, surfboards, miniature boats and the like, it has a nostalgic charm.
What’s There: pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, platters, grilled food, salads, desserts, cocktails, pitchers, sparkling, champagne and wine
Ivanhoe Hotel is home to several bars, including a sports bar & TAB. It even has its own boutique bottle shop!
27 The Corso, Manly
(6 minute walk from Manly Cove)
Mon - Thurs: CLOSED
Fri - Sat: 6:00pm - 3:00am
(02) 9976 3955
Food Menu: http://ivanhoehotelmanly.com.au/wp-content/uploads/8400_bistro-menu.pdf
Drinks Menu: http://ivanhoehotelmanly.com.au/wp-content/uploads/8400_drinks_145x300_proof3.pdf
Take Away Menu: http://ivanhoehotelmanly.com.au/wp-content/uploads/8923_takeaway.pdf
Great vibes, drinks and live music: this hidden Newtown gem has got it all. And yes, there’s a rooftop deck too.
What’s There: burgers, nibbles, cocktails, sparkling and wine
Their cocktails (all of them) and house cut chips are wicked.
Tuesday Nights (8:00pm - 11:00pm): Pop Tipper And The Old Mates
Wednesday Nights (8:00pm - 11:00pm): Shazza T And The Triceratops
Thursday Nights (8:00pm - 11:00pm): Noliver Fig
Sunday Afternoons (5:00pm - 8:00pm): Tim Young
153A King Street, Newtown
(10 minute walk from Newtown Station)
Tue - Fri: 3:00pm - 12:00am
Sat: 1:00pm - 12:00am
Sun: 1:00pm - 10:00pm
0422 873 879
Food & Drinks Menu: http://www.corridorbar.com.au
The Local Taphouse
With more than twenty craft beers on tap, a magnificent rooftop beer garden and an old-timey pub downstairs, The Local Taphouse is a must-visit for beer buffs and their buddies.
What’s There: bar food, tap beers, bottled ales, stouts, pilsners and ciders
Can’t decide on a brew? Ask the crew! Or, get a tasting paddle and pick five beers – they’ll come in 90ml serves, delightfully arranged from light to dark.
122 Flinders Street, Darlinghurst
(10 minute walk from Central Station)
Mon - Wed: 12:00pm - 12:00am
Thurs - Sat: 12:00pm - 1:00am
Sun: 12:00pm - 12:00am
(02) 9360 0088
Sweethearts Rooftop BBQ
A pub, nightclub and rooftop bar that’s young, hip and dedicated to BBQ and drinks. What’s not to love?
What’s There: bar food, sides, grilled food, cocktails, pitchers, slushies, spritzers, shandies, bottled bubbly and tap wines
Their fruity pitchers really hit the spot. Refresh your tastebuds with Mango Tree, Slip N Slide or Hills Hoist.
33-37 Darlinghurst Road, Potts Point
(3 minute walk from Kings Cross Station)
Mon - Tues: CLOSED
Wed - Thurs: 4:00pm - 12:00am
Fri - Sun: 12:00pm - 12:00am
(02) 9368 7333