There's something about a good view that just makes things better. A sweeping vista helps gloss over awkward conversation during a first date, being high in the sky provides an epic backdrop special occasions and being by the water makes that Margarita taste just that little bit more like your well overdue beach holiday.

It's a cold, hard fact: drinking is more fun when you have something nice to look at. Thankfully, bars and views are two things Sydney does particularly well.

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Opera Bar

A quintessential Sydney location.

Lower Concourse, Sydney Opera House Macquarie Street, Sydney
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Bar 83

This '70s-inspired cocktail lounge on the 83rd floor of Sydney Tower is the highest bar in town. Cocktails come from an ex-Baxter Inn and Hubert bartender whose drinks will almost distract you form the 260-degree views.

Level 83, Sydney Tower 100 Market Street, Sydney
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Mosman Rowers

Stand-up paddleboarding, jugs of cocktails, rosé on tap and views for days.

3 Centenary Drive, Mosman

The Gantry

Artful, surprising degustations by the water.

11 Hickson Road, Sydney
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Icebergs Dining Room and Bar

On Bondi Beach's cliffside, this upscale Mediterranean restaurant flaunts its fabulous food and view.

Restaurant 1 Notts Ave, Bondi
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The Newport

The Coogee Pavilion of the north.

2 Kalinya Street, Newport

Coogee Pavilion

This sprawling mega-venue is Merivale’s most ambitious. Here you’ll find a family-friendly bistro, a tapas bar, a cocktail den and a fine diner that spiritually succeeds the now closed Est. Plus, there’s a killer rooftop bar on top of it all.

169 Dolphin Street, Coogee

Will's

The smallest venue at Coogee Pavilion is packed with spritzes, Martinis and snacks. It’s also open till late on weekends.

169 Dolphin Street, Coogee

The Royal Hotel

One of Paddington's classic pubs also has one of the best rooftop bars in town.

237 Glenmore Road, Paddington
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Hyde Park House

A four-level extravaganza with a retro cocktail bar with views over Hyde Park, stone-baked pizzas, and a Japanese menu form ex-Sake chef.

47 William Street, Darlinghurst

Mary's On Top

This no-frills outdoor venue, with views across Sydney's inner west, is based on the classic Mary's template of beer, burgers, fried chicken and a relaxed, irreverent vibe.

2-6 City Road, Chippendale

Nick and Nora’s

A lavish Art Deco rooftop with 270-degree views, extravagant cocktails made with liquid nitrogen and “theatrical as fuck” champagne towers.

26 45 Macquarie Street, Parramatta

Old Mate's Place

You’ll need to locate the discrete ground-level entrance and then climb four levels of steep, narrow stairs to reach this indoor cocktail bar and adjoining rooftop bar.

Level 4 199 Clarence Street, Sydney

Henry Deane

A ritzy cocktail bar that's a strong contender for Sydney's finest view.

35 Bettington Street, Millers Point

Sweethearts Rooftop

Though it’s in the heart of Kings Cross, this colourful rooftop feels like a beach club, replete with sloshing pitchers of cocktails and approachable shared food.

33-37 Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross
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The Glenmore Hotel

Since 1921, stunning views of the Harbour Bridge have attracted drinkers to this pub.

96 Cumberland Street, The Rocks
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The Light Brigade

This Art Deco building has four floors, four concepts and four menus.

Corner of Oxford St & Jersey Rd, Woollahra
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Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

A breezy, colourful pub on the water serving fish and chips and frosty brews.

1 Military Road, Watsons Bay
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The Collaroy

This all-day eatery is serving freshly shucked oysters, woodfired pizza and views you'll find hard to leave.