Top 5 Bars in Sydney for Cheap Eats

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Travelling is one of life’s most precious gifts. Whether it’s 50km down the road, or on a completely different continent halfway around the world, there’s something quite exhilarating about walking the streets and discovering something different than what you’re used to back home.

Experiencing Sydney’s spectacular harbour and city skyline is a joy to behold, but doing so with a well crafted cocktail and scrumptious yet affordable food enhances the experience exponentially. Luckily for visitors to Sydney, there are a number of rooftop bars that will satisfy your viewing/drinking/eating bliss, while offering award-winning Instagram photo opportunities that will have your follows drooling with envy.

Here are our top 5 rooftop bars in Sydney…

The Glenmore

96 Cumberland Street
The Rocks NSW 2000

Most places that line the bay with such exceptional views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House charge accordingly for food and drink, but not The Glenmore. The heritage-listed hotel has recently undergone extensive renovations, enhancing its old-world pub charm thanks to some exciting discoveries, while elevating the venue into the modern Sydney harbour-side era.

Enjoy pub meals such as The Glenmore Burger for less than $20 while overlooking the Sydney CBD skyline, washed down with a selection of wines, cocktails, beers and everything in between.

Open Sunday to Thursday 11am-midnight; Friday and Saturday from 11am-1am.

Coogee Pavilion Rooftop
169 Dolphin Street
Coogee NSW 2034

Coogee_Pavilion_rooftopThe recent no-expense-spared renovation has seen the Coogee Pavilion go from disappointing underachiever to one of Australia’s best beachside pubs. With astonishing views of the beach, you can relax with a beer, wine, fruit punch or beach-themed cocktail from one of four bars, while making yourself at home on the couches, stools, benches and love seats.

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The Eastern Mediterranean menu at the Coogee Pavilion Rooftop showcases foods prepared by the ancient technique of cooking over charcoal, giving their kebabs ($15), snack foods and feature dishes a mouth-wateringly distinctive taste.

Open Thursday to Sunday from midday to midnight.

153 King Street
Newtown NSW 2042


Does it have million dollar views of the harbour or beaches? No. But The Corridor’s small rooftop bar does good vibes and friendly faces better than most, while inside offers an array of seating options from darkened quiet corner nooks, to an Art-Deco styled ‘lounge room’ filled with Chesterfields. The upstairs deck is fun, cosy, filled with sunlight during the afternoon, and is complete with unsteady benches, heaters and baskets of flowers.

Try one of the extraordinary cocktails on offer while indulging in something fun from the menu such as the chicken burger, signature nachos or cheesy bacon potato skins.

Open Monday to Friday from 3pm-midnight; Saturday 3pm – midnight; and Sunday 3pm-10pm

The Local Taphouse
122 Flinders Street
Darlinghurst NSW 2010The_Local_Taphouse_Sydney 

If it’s a good beer pub you’re after, then look no further. Serving local craft beers before it became trendy to do so, The Local Taphouse does it better than most in a charming, well-worn venue. With 20+ taps behind the bar pouring every flavour of ale you can think of, and another enormous selection of bottled ciders, stouts and pilsners, you won’t be short of options.

The food menu is just as extensive, and guess what? Many of the choices have some sort of beer element in the cooking process. Grab a beef burger or buttermilk chicken burger for less than $20, or one of a number of exceptional main meals for less than $25.

Oh yeah, and there’s a rooftop beer garden with fire place, blankets for cold evenings, and large umbrellas to keep the sun at bay during the summer months.

Open Monday to Saturday from midday – 10pm; Sunday from midday – 9pm

Sweetheart’s Rooftop BBQ
33-37 Darlinghurst Road
Potts Point NSW 2011Sweethearts_Rooftop_Sydney

Just the name makes you want to visit this rooftop establishment even before you know about what the place offers. Located seven stories above the Sugarmill Hotel, Sweetheart’s Rooftop BBQ is a leafy rooftop bar serving up a backyard ambience where you’ll feel right at home.

After negotiating the five flights of stairs to reach the rooftop you’ll need to take a moment to get your breath back, and a drink to quench your thirst. Choose from the customary range of beers, spirits and cocktails, or indulge in a wine poured straight from the tap!

The food is meaty as you’d expect from a BBQ-themed rooftop bar, and during January you’ll enjoy free movie screenings for the whole month.

Open Monday to Thursday from 4pm-midnight; Friday to Sunday from midday-midnight


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It’s hard to go past a rooftop bar for multiple reasons – they usually have relaxed atmospheres, great drinks, delicious food and friendly patrons. The bar staff are experts at keeping the fun times going, and are well trained at keeping the crowd under control thanks to their training.

Sydney is one of the world’s great cities, with something to do for every kind of traveller. But one thing all travellers have in common, they want to relax, have fun and get to know the local culture. At a rooftop bar in Sydney, they’re going to tick a lot of those boxes in one very pleasant swoop! If you are looking to travel and pickup work in hospitality in New South Wales you can take advantage of a 30% discount

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