Top 10 Summer Bars in Sydney

Ivy Pool Club

Ivy Pool Club

Sydney’s Best Summer Bars

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).

  1. 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 my review of Ivy Pool Club
    Level 4, Ivy, 320 George Street, Sydney 
  2. 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 my review of The Bucket List
    The Bondi Pavilion, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach
  3. 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 my review of The Island
    Floating somewhere in Sydney Harbour
  4. THE NEWPORT
    Alfresco hotspot overlooking the Pittwater estuary.  Grab a refreshing cocktail and soak up that water view!
    Read my review of The Newport
    2 Kalinya Street, Newport
  5. 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 my review of Icebergs Dining & Bar
    One Notts Avenue, Bondi Beach
  6. 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
  7. 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 my review of Coogee Pavilion
    169 Dolphin Street, Coogee
  8. MANLY WHARF HOTEL
    Take the ferry if need be to this Manly institution, offering drinks with a water view.
    Read my review of Manly Wharf Bar
    Manly Wharf, East Esplanade, Manly
  9. 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
  10. 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 my review of The Butler
    123 Victoria Street, Potts Point

Note:  I regularly review my Top 10 Series to ensure I serve you current content.

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Image courtesy of Ivy Pool.