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Best Bars in Circular Quay and The Rocks for Wine & Cocktails

Want wine with a side of waterfront views? Here are the best spots for a tipple around Sydney's beautiful harbour and our favourite bars around Circular Quay and The Rocks.

Hyde Hacienda Sydney Bar + Lounge

Circular Quay and The Rocks undeniably boast the best Harbour views in Sydney, and the many bars that line the shores also have fabulous front row seats. Making the most of their enviable locations, these bars offer panoramic views courtesy of their floor-to-ceiling windows, rooftop positions, or in some cases, completely alfresco settings. To help you with your summertime selection,  we’ve narrowed down the most coveted spots to nab a table at – with a wine in hand, of course.   

The Best Bars in Circular Quay

Opera Bar, sydney
Opera Bar

Arguably Sydney’s most instagrammed view, when it comes to alfresco dining, it really doesn’t get much better than this. Pair uninterrupted harbour views with the Opera Bar’s Mediterranean eats and a well-stocked bar, and you're pretty much all set. Take any Sydneysider’s advice: come for the sunset and stay for the city lights.

Macquarie Street, Sydney 

Hyde Hacienda
Hyde Hacienda Sydney Bar + Lounge

With unparalleled vistas stretching over Circular Quay and the Harbour Bridge, a select food menu with Caribbean inclinations, a curated cocktail list and ample choices of dark liquors – rum and whiskey being the natural preferences – there is so much to love about this harbourside venue. At Hyde Hacienda Sydney, all you need to do is sit back and enjoy the lush surrounds and party vibes.

61 Macquarie Street, Sydney 

Bar Patron

Overlooking Circular Quay, Rookpool’s Bar Patron is the place to head when you're in the mood for tacos and tequila. The bar, which is fitted out like a retro hacienda, serves up familiar Mexican favourites with a touch of fine dining sophistication. The refined menu pairs perfectly with their top shelf liquor offering.

2 Phillip Street, Sydney 

The Best Bars in The Rocks

Grain Bar

Four Seasons’ very moody, dimly-lit bar known as Grain, is a frequented watering hole near Circular Quay. Based beside the entrance of the hotel, the humble bar boasts bespoke craft beers and an impressive organic and biodynamic wine list. For those desiring a more potent dash of alcohol, there’s a wide range of international whiskies and classic cocktails with contemporary twists.

199 George Street, Sydney

Blu Bar

One of Sydney’s favourites, Blu Bar on 36, has dramatic views overlooking Darling Harbour, Circular Quay and the Opera House, is hard to name a more opulent setting for an evening tipple. The drink list is expansive flush with both house specialities and classics– while the bar food menu succeeds in satiating any late-night cravings.

Shangri-La Hotel, 36, 176 Cumberland St, Sydney 

the doss house, the rocks
The Doss House

Giving life to its historic digs, this ex-boarding house and opium den is now a cosy underground bar known as The Doss House. With a range of over 150 whiskies, you can decide to pair your drink with a delectable morsel from the share plate menu. This character-filled bar is a must-visit for history buffs, whisky enthusiasts and bar lovers alike.

77 – 79 George Street, The Rocks

Mrs Jones

Calling the The Orient home, Mrs Jones is a beautiful, open-air oasis. Following on from the paddock-to-plate ethos of the historic pub, Mrs Jones' food offering and well-edited cocktail and wine menu more than delivers on quality. Although on-trend with its botanic-inspired murals and scattered greenery, like The Orient, Mrs Jones retains a sense of its history.

1 Kendall Lane, The Rocks

Photo credit- Squire's Landing
Squire’s Landing

What better way to spend a Sydney evening, than getting stuck into beer and cheeses against the backdrop of some of the city's finest landmarks? Offering Quayside views (without the Quay price tag), indulge in batch beers, brewed on site in their microbrewery. 

Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay Way, The Rocks


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