Sydney is a city that radiates. It looks gorgeous in the first golden morning light, at noon when the sun is sparkling off the water and at dusk when a fiery sunset gives way to tawny twinkling lights. With its iconic harbour, beautiful city beaches and stunning city views, Sydney is relentlessly breathtaking. After checking into your accommodation in Sydney, what better way to enjoy its beauty than with a favourite drink in hand?
Accommodation.com provides five great suggestions:
Opera Bar, Circular Quay
You can’t get much more quintessentially Sydney than sitting right next to the Opera House while looking at the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It’s one of the more casual venues at Circular Quay. No obligatory pricy menus, no white table cloths, just plenty of outdoor tables and beautiful people. Dusk is the best time to grab a cocktail and try to nab a seat at Opera Bar. The lights begin to switch on in the dimming twilight and by the time you’re ready to leave, the entire harbour is bewitchingly lit.
Open: Sun-Thurs 11:30am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11:30am-1am
Location: Sydney Opera House, Lower Concourse level (02)9247 1666
Bondi Icebergs, Bondi Beach
Perched on the South Bondi end of the famous beach, Icebergs offers impressive views of the entire beach and the Icebergs pool. In addition to the pool club, there is the Bistro and the Dining Room and Bar. For casual pub fare and affordable drink prices, head to the Bistro. If you’re looking for a little more Bondi glitz and glamour, the Dining Room and Bar has your name on it. Food and fabulous views are available in both parts of the building.
Open: Icebergs Dining Room: Tue- Sun 12pm – 3pm; Tue-Sat 6:30pm-10:30pm; Sun 6:30pm – 9pm. Closed Mondays.
Icebergs Bar: Tue-Sat 12pm – midnight: Sun 12pm – 10pm. Closed Mondays.
Bistro: Mon-Fri 11am-9pm, Sat-Sun 9am-9pm
Location: 1 Notts Avenue, Bondi Beach (02) 9365 9000
Bather’s Pavilion Café, Balmoral
Great for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a glass of wine with stunning bay views, you can’t help but feel content at the Bather’s Pavilion Café.
Open: Daily 7am- til late
Location: 4 The Esplanade, Balmoral Beach (02) 99695050
Catalina, Rose Bay
Wrangle a spot at the balcony bar for an early evening drink at this Sydney landmark. On the sight of Sydney’s first international airport, you can now find the occasional seaplane departing or landing nearby.
Open: Daily for lunch 12pm-5pm; Dinner Mon-Sat 5pm-10pm
Location: Lyne Park, New South Head Road, Rose Bay (02) 9371 0555
Thelma & Louise, Neutral Bay
Snag a table on the balcony at this small café for gorgeous views of the Neutral Bay wharf, sprinkled with its many sailboats and ferries. Enjoy a coffee and breakfast or lunch with a glass of wine.
Open: Daily 7am-5pm
Location: Shop 1, Hayes St, Neutral Bay (02) 9953 7754
Information featured in this article was correct at the time of writing.