Hotel Palisade

Pub in Circular Quay & The Rocks

This historic and 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 with super bridge views, pricey drinks and posh tapas-style food. It often fills up or books out, but there's a less glitzy, more comfy perch on the little 4th-floor balcony.