SOAK UP THE SUN WITH OUR TOP DAY DRINKING BARS
It's nearly the weekend, the sun is shining, the weather is glorious and there's absolutely no better way to enjoy a beautiful Spring-time weekend than with a drink in hand, loads of laughs and friends at your favourite bar in Sydney. Here are some of the best day drinking spots for when you’re looking for a nice place to sip on a cocktail with your galpals on a sunny afternoon. Stop and smell the roses. Or Rosé. Or rose craft beer.
Because you want to be outside in the summer of Sydney, you’ve just gotta get a load of Coogee Pavilion’s 270-degree rooftop beach views. With retractable walls, bring an elastic to bun that beach hair high on your head and out of your drink as you enjoy the sea breeze. With three separate bars, there is a drink and a dish for everyone. With an array of love seats, couches, stools, and benches to chill in, Coogee Pavilion is well-suited for bonding sunshiney happy times.
For something a little closer to the ground, give The Greens a go, home to a gorgeous view of the harbour and the bridge, surrounded by ovals and little rolling hobbit hills. Whether you’re sunbaking in the beer garden, lounging in the tremendous booths indoors, out on the greens themselves, or visiting the birdhouse, The Greens come alive in the sunny hours. Jugs of Pimm’s or spiked black tea are a good group drink, but a huge range of individual cocktails and brews like Young Henrys and Little Creatures are also on hand.
The Clock Hotel
The Clock Hotel in Surry is a cornerstone of the Sydney booze scene, but they have recently added a whisky bar and gin bar to this recently reno’d local landmark. The Whisky Room has the saloon swinging doors and leather booths that make any night out fun, but the courtyard and balcony are probably the best spot for a balmy afternoon. The courtyard is full of hanging ferns and romantic mood lighting (for those D&Ms with your pals), and the wraparound balcony is a great place to people-watch/puppy-watch and sip on a cocktail or glass of wine from the predominantly Australian upstairs bar menu.
Home to the young and hip, SoCal is a little bit of Venice Beach or Cancun in Neutral Bay, complete with pink (plastic) flamingos. With a gorgeous rooftop to chill out on while downing three large tacos for $20, the share menu pairs super well with the deadly cocktail menu on offer. The signature drink is the salted caramel espresso martini of Ketel One vodka, Galliano Ristretto, salted caramel, a double shot of espresso (for some pep in your step), topped with honeycomb, which will definitely get you into the party mood. American and Mexican beers are on the menu too, a perfect accompaniment to sitting back and taking cover under the half-covered courtyard if the sun is a little over-enthused.
Across the road from South Steyne, Manly Wine is always going to be a gorgeous way to spend an afternoon. With uninterrupted views of one of Sydney’s loveliest beaches, Manly Wine peaks in the summer. Primarily a wine bar, it’s got none of the snootiness and all of the plastic flamingos, melted waxy candles, flowers, and ferns that you can poke a carafe at. With 100+ wine bottles on a simple menu with none of the jargon of the wine aficionado, you can sample a ‘sticky’ or ‘treasure from our cellar’ kinda wine by the glass and nab a beer or cocktail, if are nein for the wine.
The InterContinental Double Bay Rooftop Bar
On the top floor of the revamped InterContinental Double Bay is their opulently opulent rooftop pool and bar. With an infinity pool, stunning views of the glittering bay, billowing shady cabanas, striped day beds, white stone walls, and sandy tiles, it really is a space that worships natural light and fancy drinks. With customisable cocktails on offer, it’s nice to be pampered while you sip away on a sunny afternoon (as long as your wallet agrees).
Enjoy your weekend lovers! #tgif
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