Winter is coming, but summer is coming sooner! Spring has sprung and brought upon us the much awaited daylight savings. It’s always drab missing an hour’s sleep, but so worth it now that we have extended sunlight every night.
The cold winter took its toll on us with dark days and chilling winds, but no more, please, we can’t take it anymore! Because of this special occasion that brings us both warmer weather and extended daylight, we’ve concocted up some great Sydney bars for you to enjoy the sunshine in and really appreciate some of the greatest views the Darling Harbour has to offer.
So you’ve just come out of hibernation, it’s time to rekindle those friendships, catch up with loved ones and enjoy this sweet weather before the sun burns everyone to a crisp in the summertime.
61 Macquarie St, Sydney CBD
Hacienda Sydney is beautiful vista bar that looks out over the infamous Sydney Harbour. The décor is inspired by 1950’s Miami, and the daylight savings sun will increase this theme. Hacienda is very picturesque, with funky pastel furnishings and overhanging plants and indoor flowers. It’s a great place to relax with friends in the afternoon, sipping on cocktails and nibble away on some traditional Cuban foods whilst watching the sun go down.
7 Wheat Rd, Sydney CBD
A wonderful spot to unwind and enjoy the seaside views, Helm Bar & Bistro is located on Wheat Road alongside the Harbour. Enjoy Helm on weekends with bottomless brunch or enjoy the daily specials on any day of the week! These specials include both food and beverage deals. Happy hour becomes a happy 2 hours at Helm bar from 5 to 7pm every weekday, giving you $6 house spirits, wine and schooners. It’s the perfect place to head for after work drinks whilst the sun sets.
18/7 Macquarie St, Sydney CBD
If you like sunsets, ocean views and craft beer then Buckley’s is for you. A very relaxing set up where you can enjoy the finer things of Sydney. Spend your time in the CBD wisely with a backdrop of the Opera House and great craft beer. Buckley’s is inspired by Australian produce and are here to make you feel at home, with a view that’s far better than the one from your lounge room couch. Now that you’ve got plenty more sunlight at the end of the day, and the days are just getting longer, spend some time on yourself and your social life at Buckley’s. There are daily food and drink specials, as well as offering great live entertainment on the weekends.
Circular Quay West, Overseas Passenger Terminal, Sydney CBD
It’s all in the name at Cruise bar. It’s a cruisy venue with a wonderful setup to enjoy the wharf-side views, ideal weather and, you guessed it, sunsets! Whether you’re inside or outside you’ll be able to enjoy the weather, as the bar is enclosed with large glass windows. Explore the three exciting and unique levels that bring the best of Sydney together in one bar, and relax on any day of the week from 11am to 1am.
Harbourside Shopping Centre, Darling Dr, Sydney CBD
Work has finished up in the CBD and it’s a beautiful afternoon, one you simply cannot waste. Head on over to Watershed for a couple of crisp ones in the late sunshine. If the ambience alone isn’t enough to tempt you then maybe the 2 hour happy hour will be, running from 5pm till 7pm every weekday. Watershed aren’t just a bar either, they’ve got plenty of delicious foods to offer to those who desire a feed, perhaps a $5 taco Tuesday will get you going, or $1 wing Wednesdays! The Watershed is the perfect place to relax after work, boasting unrivalled views of the dazzling city skyline and the gorgeous Harbour.
By Grace Thomas