We can’t think of many places we’d rather be than in Sydney when the weather warms. With its glistening harbour and stunning beaches, it sure is hard to beat the Emerald City.
But with so many choices to refresh our thirst, it can be hard to know which bars to hit up this Summer. So, we’ve put together our list of the sizzling spots you should be enjoying this season.
Check out our smoking hot list of Top 10 Summer Bars to cool down in (in no particular order).
- IVY POOL CLUB
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.
Read our review of Ivy Pool Club
Level 4, Ivy, 320 George Street, Sydney
- OPERA BAR
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
Lower concourse level, Sydney Opera House
- THE BUCKET LIST
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.
Read our review of The Bucket List
The Bondi Pavilion, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach
- THE ISLAND
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.
Read our review of The Island
Floating somewhere in Sydney Harbour
- MANLY WINE
A wine bar set on the iconic Manly Beach. The perfect spot to spend a lazy summer afternoon.
Read our review of Manly Wine
8-13 South Steyne, Manly
- PAPI CHULO
This buzzing South American smoke-house is a top spot for a hot summers day. Grab a refreshing cocktail and soak up that water view!
Read our review of Papi Chulo
22-23 Manly Wharf, Manly
- ICEBERGS DINING & BAR
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.
Read our review of Icebergs Dining & Bar
One Notts Avenue, Bondi Beach
- WATSON’S BAY BEACH CLUB
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
1 Military Road(corner of Marine Parade), Watson’s Bay
- THE BUTLER
Snag a spot on the terrace at this Potts Point hot spot and sit back and relax with a cool drink and some share plates and enjoy that stunning view!
Read our review of The Butler
123 Victoria Street, Potts Point
- COOGEE PAVILLION
Offering 3 levels including a games room and a newly opened rooftop with ocean views this is a top spot to enjoy in relaxed beach-side style. Perfect for leisurely breakfasts, lunches or dinners or even an afternoon session.
Read our review of Coogee Pavilion
169 Dolphin Street, Coogee
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