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.

Darlo Bar

Arrive early - this rooftop is always packed.

306 Liverpool St, Darlinghurst

Hyde Park House

A four-level extravaganza with a retro cocktail bar with views over Hyde Park, “stone-baked” pizzas, and a Japanese restaurant by an 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

Quarrymans Hotel

A destination for lovers of craft beer.

216 Harris Street, Pyrmont
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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 elaborate rooftop bar with caviar, champagne and waterfront views.

35 Barangaroo Avenue, Sydney

The Rook

Top-notch cocktails, seven storeys up.

Level 7 56-58 York Street, Sydney
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Ching-a-lings

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
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Corridor

Small but festive.

153a King Street, Newtown

Henry Deane

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

35 Bettington, Millers Point

The Australian Heritage Hotel

Seventeen pizzas to choose from, including the half-kangaroo, half-emu Coat of Arms; and the Saltwater Crocodile.

100 Cumberland Street, The Rocks
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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
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The Taphouse

Paradise for beer enthusiasts.

122 Flinders Street, Darlinghurst

SoCal Neutral Bay

Feels like a beach bar.

1 Young Street, Neutral Bay
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The Workers

Alice In Wonderland vibes.

Level 1 292 Darling Street, Balmain

The Glenmore Hotel

With stunning views of Circular Quay.

96 Cumberland Street, The Rocks
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El Topo

Margaritas in the sun. Yes.

Level 3, The Eastern Hotel 500 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction
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Sweethearts Rooftop

The former barbeque joint is now a vibing Mexican eatery.

33-37 Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross
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