Nightlife

Top Choice Bar in Circular Quay & The Rocks

Opera Bar

Right on the harbour with the Opera House on one side and the bridge on the other, this perfectly positioned terrace manages a very Sydney marriage of the laid-back and the sophisticated. It's an iconic spot for vis…
Top Choice Pub in Circular Quay & The Rocks

Harts Pub

Pouring an excellent range of Sydney craft beers in a quiet corner near the beginning of the Rocks, this historical building has real character. The dishes are quality pub food, with excellent and generous salads, f…
Top Choice Pub in Circular Quay & The Rocks

Glenmore Hotel

Downstairs it's a predictably nice old Rocks pub with great outdoor seating, but head to the rooftop and the views are beyond fabulous: Opera House (after the cruise ship leaves), harbour and city skyline all presen…
Top Choice Pub in Circular Quay & The Rocks

Hero of Waterloo

Enter this rough-hewn 1843 sandstone pub to meet some locals, chat to the Irish bar staff and grab an earful of the swing, folk and Celtic bands (Friday to Sunday). Downstairs is a dungeon where, in days gone by, dr…
Bar in Circular Quay & The Rocks

Argyle

This stylish and wildly popular conglomeration of bars is spread through the historic Argyle Stores buildings, including a cobblestone courtyard and atmospheric wooden-floored downstairs bar. The decor ranges from r…
Brewery in Circular Quay & The Rocks

Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel

This atmospheric boozer is one of three claiming to be Sydney's oldest (all using slightly different criteria). The on-site brewery cooks up its own natural ales; a pint of dark, stouty Nelson's Blood is a fine way …
Bar in Circular Quay & The Rocks

Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf

It's a long but atmospheric stroll down this wharf building, looking at photos of Sydney Theatre Company performances as you go, to reach the bar at the end. It's a cracking spot, with a magic view of the Harbour Br…
Cocktail Bar in Circular Quay & The Rocks

Bulletin Place

A discreet entrance on this little street of cafes and bars conceals the staircase up to one of Sydney's most talked-about cocktail bars. Personable, down-to-earth staff shake up great daily creations that are high …
Pub in Circular Quay & The Rocks

Hotel Palisade

This historic and hipster-invigorated Millers Point pub preserves its tea-coloured tiles, faded brick and nostalgia-tinted downstairs bar. On top of the venerable building, however, there's a shiny glass section wit…
Pub in Circular Quay & The Rocks

Australian Hotel

With its wide verandah shading lots of outdoor seating, this handsome early 20th-century pub is a favoured pit-stop for a cleansing ale; it was doing microbrewed beer long before it became trendy and has a great sel…