Glenmore Rooftop Hotel
The Glenmore is one of a few pubs in Sydney that are left in the historic area of The Rocks which dates back to before World War Two. It might look like a typical Aussie pub downstairs, with tables spilling out on the pavement, interiors decked out with scungy carpet and wood panelling aplenty, but the real draw of this place is its rooftop beer garden – it has views over the harbour to the Opera House and beyond. Super-relaxed and super-friendly, head up here in summer for barbecues and ‘Big Jug Sundays’, where you can pitch up with a jug of sangria or Pimms, order from a pub menu that features burgers, schnitzel, salads and bar snacks (all under $20), and top up your tan. Get here early if it’s a day of national importance, like Australia Day or a public holiday – the place gets rammed.