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Bars Overlooking Sydney Harbour

We think Sydney Harbour is one of the best in the world. There are so many fantastic bars and restaurants that over look the harbour we could not list them all. But we have found 10 of our favourites. Most have large outdoor areas to enjoy Sydney’s great weather.

Photo by Moon Kim on Unsplash
Photo by Moon Kim on Unsplash

Yes, the Opera bar is on a lot of our top 10 lists, but it is because it is such a unique and fantastic venue. Substantial outside area looking directly at the harbour bridge. When the sun is shining on a Sunday afternoon, there is no other place you would rather be.


The Bennelong is next door to the Opera Bar but is very different and unique. This is a more classy restaurant and lounge. Bennelong is the type of place you go for top-shelf whiskey after you sell your company for millions. Not the type of place you would feel comfortable in shorts and a T-shirt

hyde hacienda sydney

The Hyde Hacienda is a breathtaking bar that overlooks Circular Quay and looks back at The Rocks and Harbour Bridge. There is a lot going on inside as well, with their Chic Cuban / Florida vibe that makes you feel fancy and fun at the same time. The Hacienda is one of the best spots for Sydney New Year’s Eve.

cruise bar water views sydney harbour

The Cruise Bar at the Sydney cruise ship terminal is a great venue that looks down Circular Quay and at the Opera house, and towards the North Shore. They host plenty of events and happy hours though out the week. If you are looking for a happing spot with great views, Cruise Bar should be your first stop.

watsons bay hotel bar

Watson’s Bay hotel in summer gets very busy, primarily due to it’s ample outside space, with looks back at the city of Sydney. You can see the top of the Harbour bridge. Watson’s Bay Hotel is your typical friendly Australian pub with amazing views.

Whenever you see an Instagram shot of someone looking down at Sydney Harbour, it is probably from Blu Bar on 36 in the Shangri La. This iconic cocktail bar has some of Sydney’s finest mixologists and renowned chefs serving excellent meals.

the glenmore bar

One of our Favourites in many categories is The Glenmore Hotel. This classic Australian pub overlooks Sydney harbour looking directly at the beautiful Sydney Opera house. With great pub grub and a fantastic undercover rooftop bar, this is a great venue to enjoy the Harbour.

harbour view hotel sydney

The one called the Harbour View Hotel on this list has the least harbour views mainly because they are located near the Harbour Bridge. But the balcony at the Harbour view is a superb spot to enjoy a beer and marvel at how big the bridge is.

manly wharf hotel sydney beach bar

The Manly Wharf Hotel is right on the Harbour and is one of the most popular places on the Northern beach for weekend cocktails. The Wharf Bar has multiple spaces with a restaurant dining area, outside dining, outside bar area and indoor room for dancing and a game of pool.

foys kirribilli

We are throwing a curve ball at you on this list. Not many people know of Foys Kirribilli, Sydney Flying Squadron or The Flying Bear it depends on who you ask what they call it. But the Sydney Flying Squadron, hidden in the back streets of Kirribilli, hosts the Foys restaurant and the Flyingbear deck Bar. This venue is and is a big local secret type of place. One to check out.

Jason Masson

Jason Masson

22 just out of college and love to find new and interesting drinking spots. My favourite bar is the next one I visit.

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