What is it about rooftop bars? They have their own unique atmosphere, distinct from the average beer garden or ground floor deck. Whether you're surrounded by twinkling skyscrapers or looking out over the ocean, you're guaranteed to feel the vibe. Here's where to find the best rooftop near you.

Bar Ombre

From the team behind Salt Meats Cheese, a rooftop bar (with glimpses of the Sydney Harbour) serving barrel-aged Negronis and antipasto.

Level 3 Gateway 1 Macquarie Place, Circular Quay

The Royal Hotel

The perfect spot for a rosé with views out over the harbour.

237 Glenmore Road, Paddington

Darlo Bar

Arrive early - this rooftop is always packed.

306 Liverpool St, 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

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

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

Smoke Bar

Matt Moran's extravagant table-service rooftop bar, with waterfront views and plenty of champagne.

35 Barangaroo Avenue, Sydney

The Rook

Top-notch cocktails, seven storeys up.

Level 7 56-58 York Street, Sydney
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Best experienced at night, under the strings of festoon lights.

Level 1 133 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Coogee Pavilion

Fill up on pizza, then head upstairs for beers and beach views.

169 Dolphin Street, Coogee

Henry Deane

It's not open to the elements, but this one is too spectacular to leave off.

35 Bettington Street, Millers Point

Quarrymans Hotel

The rooftop is only open between Wednesday and Sunday.

216 Harris Street, Pyrmont

The Ivanhoe Hotel

Designed by interior queen Sibella Court.

27 The Corso, Manly

The Royal Oak Hotel

Enjoy a drink under the shade of Double Bay's typical greenery.

28 Bay Street, Double Bay

Taylor's Rooftop Bar

There's a retractable roof for winter.

69-73 Pitt Street, Sydney

The Taphouse

Paradise for beer enthusiasts.

122 Flinders Street, Darlinghurst

SoCal Neutral Bay

Feels like a beach bar.

1 Young Street, Neutral Bay

The Glenmore Hotel

With stunning views of Circular Quay.

96 Cumberland Street, The Rocks

Sweethearts Rooftop

The former barbeque joint is now a vibing Mexican eatery.

33-37 Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross
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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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The Keg and Brew

Craft beer is the focus at this Surry Hills pub.

26 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills