Sydney’s summer best rooftop bars

Summer is officially in residence and we sydneysiders plan on soaking up as much sunshine as possible. Once we’ve beached it’s time to hit the bar, and in January an epic rooftop is a must. We’ve narrowed down our favourite Sydney roof top bars so you can spend less time figuring out where to go and more time with a happy hour cocktail in hand.

Coogee Pavilion

Home of the Eastern suburbs Sunday session, Coogee pavilion (coogee pav, as the kids are calling it these days) perfectly captures #summervibes with fabulous views, famous pizzas and a range of classic cocktails with a twist. Yes please.

The Light Brigade

A quiet achiever, this one. Settle in for the evening at this open air oasis, taking full advantage of their panoramic city views in its prime Oxford street location.

Old Mates Place

A mission to get to but well worth it, we promise! To access this super slick and cosy cocktail bar and adjoining rooftop terrace, you will have to locate a very discrete door and pull yourself up a few flights of narrow and very steep stairs, but now you deserve 2 cocktails.


This tranquil rooftop is a total contrast to the hustling, bustling scene downstairs in the heart of Sydney’s very own red light district (or whatever is left of it.) With lush greenery and a killer Mexican banquet, it pairs great with tequila I hear.

Smoke Barangaroo

Feeling a little bit Boujé? Matt Moran’s elaborate, smoke rooftop boasts caviar, champagne and spectacular views. So go ahead. You deserve it!

Taylors Rooftop

Right in the heart of the city, Taylors has it all. Weeknights are a peaceful “Afterwork drinks” affair, but the weekend is when it really comes to life with DJs, special events and a very crowded dancefloor.

Darlo Bar

This retro pub in Darlinghurst holds heaps of character and is perfect for a summer night. You’ll have to get there early because this inner city hub gets super packed with students from the nearby art school, adding to the alternative, lively and creative atmosphere of the rooftop.

Strawberry Hills

Been here at outrageous hours of the morning, have you? Haven’t we all! But we bet you’ve never hung out for a bev during the day on their admittedly, LOVELY rooftop terrace. If you haven’t, you should. This hipster hideaway is more than it’s (very rare) late night license.

Hotel Steyne, Manly

If you’re looking for something North, look no further!“Henry’s rooftop” at The Steyne is the place to be, with a constant supply of live music and a breathtaking view of the Manly heads. This is the perfect place to kick on after a long day in the sun.


A grungy, hipster hangout in the heart of Darlinghurst complete with comfy couches, great music and super tasty cocktails. Bets experienced at night, 100%.

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