August 05, 2020
Zephyr (Photo: Courtesy of Zephyr)
Blu Bar on 36, Shangri-La Hotel (Photo: Courtesy of Blu Bar)
Champagne Bar, Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour (Photo: Courtesy of Champagne Bar)
Hyde Hacienda Sydney Bar + Lounge, (Photo: Courtesy of Esteban La Tessa)
Banksii, (Photo: Courtesy of domcherry)
Clear blue skies are the norm in Sydney, which subsequently lead to sunsets that are a sight to behold – a medley of red, orange, pink and purple hues that fill the sky and look as if they were painted in watercolour. Combine that with Sydney’s world-famous harbour and you have the perfect scene for a stylish sundowner. Thirsty? Here are some of the best places around town for a sunset drink.
The number 36 refers to the floor it's located on at the Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney, from where guests can see the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Opera House, and the winding streets and buildings of the historic The Rocks district. The views have earned the Blu Bar iconic status on par with the city’s landmarks, with the lounge-like chairs and tables positioned to take full advantage of the tableau. The bar revamped its cocktail menu recently with new creations such as the 36 Levels Above, a cocktail featuring vermouth, yuzu, vodka and prosecco – perfect for pairing with the sights of Sydney bathed in golden sunset hues.
Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney, 176 Cumberland Street, shangri-la.com/sydney
If you'd like to toast the day with some bubbly instead, head to the bar dedicated to the French tipple at the Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour. Luxury is the name of the game here, with top bottles from Krug, Ruinart, Veuve Cliquot and more to be paired with fresh oysters, a cheese or charcuterie board, and even Iranian beluga caviar. All this while enjoying the view of the vibrant Darling Harbour and the rays of the setting sun, glimmering off the glass and steel towers of the Barangaroo business district.
Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, 12 Darling Drive, sofitelsydneydarlingharbour.com.au
Get a full view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge from Hyde Hacienda’s location at Circular Quay, where the décor is equally pleasing to the eye. Inspired by Miami bars in the 1950s, Hyde Hacienda exudes a playful ambience without distracting guests from the iconic views outside. Lounge seating in pastel pink and green are paired with cushions in various patterns, with plenty of greenery displayed along the walls and the ceiling. The whimsical vibe extends to the cocktail menu – try the Campfire Espresso Martini featuring a house-made marshmallow vodka, Kahlua, marshmallow syrup and coffee.
Level 3, 61 Macquarie Street, hydehaciendasydney.com
This open-air rooftop bar at the Hyatt Regency Sydney features views of the Darling Harbour and beyond – the best spots in the house are the bar seats at the glass wall that run along one side of the bar. Combine that with the nautical-themed décor—replete with wood-panelled floors and ropes on the wall—and one of Zephyr’s special gin and tonic cocktails and you get the feeling that you're sailing into the sunset in style, especially when a light breeze comes through.
Hyatt Regency Sydney, 161 Sussex Street, zephyrbarsydney.com
Located along the seaside promenade in the lively Barangaroo business district, Banksii has an alfrisky terrace where you can people-watch during happy hour as the sun goes down. Specialising in vermouth with producers from across Australia, France, Italy and more, order the martini and negroni and pair with light bites such as fresh Sydney oysters or a Banksii pate served with an Italian sweet and sour agrodolce sauce.11/33 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo, banksii.sydney
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