We can’t think of many places we’d rather be than in Sydney when the weather warms. With it’s glistening harbour views and stunning beaches, it sure is hard to beat. We’ve put together our list of the best spots to make the most of the Sydney summer weather.
Check out our Top 10 Summer bars (in no particular order).
- Ivy Pool Club
Level 4, Ivy, 320 George Street, Sydney / +61 2 2 9254 8000
Perhaps the coolest bar in Sydney – this is indeed where the beautiful people flock. Ivy Pool is THE place to be in summer. A European styled 1950′s retro San Tropez vibe, the bar is set around a centre piece of a sparkling blue swimming pool (and yes, you can swim in it). Framed by palm trees and bright striped canvas awnings, this is the ultimate summer bar.
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- Opera Bar
Lower concourse level, Sydney Opera House / +61 2 9247 1666
If ever there was a quintessential Sydney bar, this has to be it. This is THE best view of Sydney Harbour you will ever hope to experience. You cannot beat this open air bar on a balmy Sydney evening or afternoon. Grab a cocktail, hope for a table, and sit back and enjoy the view of all views.
Opera Bar website
- Bucket List
The Bondi Pavilion, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach / +61 2 9365 4122
Bondi Beach is the most famous beach in Australia, so it goes without saying, a bar overlooking Bondi Beach is the ultimate Summer drinking destination. Frequented by Bondi hipsters it’s a summer staple and is packed to the brims when the weather heats up. Casual cool.
Bucket List website
- The Island
Floating somewhere in Sydney Harbour / +61 424 189 123
A floating bar in the middle of Sydney Harbour accessible only by boat from Rose Bay. European Beach Club culture, complete with Cabana’s and day beds, with a spectacular view of the Harbour.
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- Manly Wine
8-13 South Steyne, Manly / +61 2 8966 9000
A wine bar set on the iconic Manly Beach. The perfect spot to spend a lazy summer afternoon.
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- The Beresford
354 Bourke Street, Surry Hills / +61 2 8313 5000
With a huge outdoor beer garden, this is a great place to soak up the sun in the inner city with the too cool for school crowd.
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- Ryan’s Bar
Level 4, Australia Square, 264-278 George Street, Sydney / +61 2 9252 4369
This one’s for you city workers. This is the perfect spot for an after work bevvy on a balmy summer evening. Huge outdoor bar, complete with fountain centrepiece. It’s an oldy, but a goodie. But, beware, the place gets packed in summer and you’ll be lining up 4 deep at the bar for a drink. So, grab that bottle of wine, rather than a glass…
Ryan’s Bar website
One Notts Avenue, Bondi Beach / +61 2 9365 9000
Offering possibly one of the most spectacular panoramic views over Bondi Beach, but don’t expect to wear thongs in this joint. This is a classy establishment, and you’ll need to look the part, and be willing to part with your cash… But once you’re sipping on your pina coloda and taking in that view, you won’t mind a bit.
- Watson’s Bay Beach Club
1 Military Road(corner of Marine Parade), Watson’s Bay / +61 2 9337 5444
Relaxed and chic Beach Club set right on the water with spectacular views. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with a focus on seafood, this is a top spot to while away a summer day.
Watson’s Bay Beach Club website
- The Island Bar
You’ll need to arrive by ferry, but seriously, what’s better than enjoying the sun on an island in the Harbour? Not much. Grab your deck chair and your cocktail and soak up that sunshine.
The Island Bar website
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