Where to find the best outdoor bars in Sydney

Sydney is home to iconic structures such as the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, but it's the bar and restaurant scene that people visit time and time again.

So with summer well on its way, here's a few tips to get out and enjoy some of the best the city has to offer.

The Glenmore

The Glenmore Hotel is one of those historic eateries at The Rocks by the waterfront, and after a refurbishment on the upper level, there's even more reason to pop in for a cocktail. The retractable roof makes it great all year round, but the open air sights of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House make it particularly enjoyable on a slow summer evening. The delicious menu is just the icing on the cake, offering Aussie favourites such as a pulled pork roll or salt and pepper squid.

Ivy Pool Club

In true Hollywood style, the Ivy Pool Club fashions its bar around a rooftop poolside setting. With bright loungers, large umbrellas and rooftop palm trees, this George Street watering hole has a large dolloping of pizzaz​z that will kick your evening off in style. Pick up one of the gourmet pizzas to enjoy in your private cabana or mingle with other guests under the fairy lights – and don't be surprised if some of the revellers decide to take a dip!

The Local Taphouse 

Tucked away on Flinders Street is the smaller, but utterly charming Local Taphouse in Darlinghurst. This is the place to be for the beer lovers, as they can try one of 20 beers on tap, or taste items off the menu that have usually had beer incorporated into the cooking process. The bar itself has a cosy vibe, all mismatched chairs and odd angles with 1920s decor serving as inspiration for the fittings.

Cafe del Mar

Sydney's Cafe del Mar is a descendant of one of the same name in Ibiza. There is a spacious interior that harks back to the original architect-designed Spanish version, but it's the exterior sun deck that's the highlight of the show. Take up a spot under a shaded banquette at one of the many outdoor tables. Here you can enjoy a menu and drinks list inspired by the Mediterranean with touches of French, Italian and even a little of the Australian cuisine.

With so many wonderful outdoor and rooftop bars in the city, it can be near impossible to pick. Try any of these for a delightfully airy and open drink next time you're in the city.

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