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Vivid Sydney: Restaurants With a View

Bring your jacket and your appetite, we're hitting up the best Sydney restaurants with views of Vivid.

Cafe Sydney
Cafe Sydney

Vivid Sydney is back after a two year Covid hiatus and we are looking for any excuse to celebrate! To get the most delicious feed with the best vantage point of the festivities, check out the best restaurants and bars in Sydney with the best views of Vivid.

The Glenmore
The Glenmore
The Glenmore

Boasting a rooftop set above The Rocks skyline, The Glenmore’s uninterrupted views are popular with Sydneysiders looking to get a birds-eye view of Vivid. The delicious pub fare and range of beers on tap provide the perfect casual setting for a Vivid dinner. The Glenmore rooftop is alfresco, so be sure to rug up.

96 Cumberland Street, The Rocks

Bar Patron

Overlooking Circular Quay, Bar Patron is one of the best places to kick off a night at Vivid. The drinks menu is - no surprise - heavy on the tequila with six deluxe margaritas, six signature cocktails and sipping tequilas. Pair it all with small plates of guac, ceviche or brisket birria quesadillas, split tacos and finish with a tequilla toast to our beautiful city.

2 Phillip Street, Circular Quay

Untied Barangaroo
Untied Barangaroo
Untied Barangaroo

As Vivid brings the sparkle to Barangaroo where you can check out several of our favourite Vivid projections, Untied is bringing the fizz! Their neon spritz bombs can be dropped into a spritz like a bath bomb bringing out an effervescing tropical flavour with tour choice of orange, melon, lychee, peach and berry. The spritz will set you back $13 and you’ll also score one of the best views in the city!

Untied, Barangaroo

Henry Deane
Henry Deane
Henry Deane

Located on the fourth and fifth floors of Hotel Palisade, Henry Deane takes in 180-degree views of Sydney Harbour. The floor to ceiling windows surrounding the bar will ensure that you can see the harbour lights while staying warm. The beautifully styled interiors are an Insta-worthy dream, the cocktails are on point and the food is soul-warming. All the makings of a great  night out.

35 Bettington Street, Millers Point

Opera Bar
Opera Bar
Opera Bar

Arguably Sydney’s most popular tourist dining destination, when it comes to harbour views, it really doesn’t get much better than Opera Bar. For Vivid 2022, Opera Bar is home to one of our favourite Vivid dining deals, 'Into the Blue' with themed cocktails and snack menus. Raise your glass with one of three illuminated Bombay Sapphire cocktails and take in the magnificent projections illuminating the Opera House sails. 

Lower Concourse Level, Sydney Opera House, Sydney

Cafe Sydney Vivid 2022 - Ken Done 'For Sydney with Love'
Cafe Sydney Vivid 2022 - Ken Done 'For Sydney with Love'
Café Sydney

Café Sydney’s rooftop position, chic interiors and sweeping harbour views make this an essential dining spot, especially during Vivid. Unlike the other venues, Café Sydney sits atop one of our favourite Vivid projections - a Ken Done extravaganza - on the façade of the heritage-listed Customs House, so diners are right at the heart of the action. Book a seat on the balcony so you can enjoy the sunset and watch the lights turn on.

Sydney Customs House- 31 Alfred Street, Sydney

ARIA Sydney

The famed and awarded harbourside eatery is perfect for fine-diners looking to soak up the Vivid ambience. From the main dining room, diners are spoilt with views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, both centre pieces of the Vivid lights. Speaking of centre pieces, Aria has teamed up with ACID.FLWRS for an incredible installation with unique and colourful table settings. Also celebrating Vivid is their bright, limited-edition Belvedere cocktail menu and tray of Domus Vim chocolate truffles.

1 Macquarie Street, Sydney

Altitude, Shangri-La Hotel Sydney
Altitude, Shangri-La Hotel Sydney
Altitude

Perched on the 36th floor of the Shangri-La, Altitude has uninterrupted views that stretch right across the harbour. During Vivid, the restaurant will be serving a delicious menu which takes inspiration from Australia's abundance, with the option to add matching wines. Our advice? Book a window seat from 6pm so you don’t miss any of the festivities.

176 Cumberland Street, Sydney

Barangaroo House
Barangaroo House
Barangaroo House

Running past Vivid until the 30th of June, the House of Hues is bringing light, colour and – of course – cocktails to Barangaroo House.  Sydney-based designer Vincent Buret has created a House of Hues ambient mirror inviting us to reflect on this glorious Sydney season. The cocktail list is packed with Bombay Sapphire classics that will have you feeling bright and bubbly.

35 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo

Cruise Bar
Cruise Bar
Cruise Bar

Set right in the heart of Vivid, Cruise Bar puts on an epic show for Vivid with a waterfront garden packed with delicious food and cocktails. For $49 per person, you can expect a Vivid cocktail on arrival, a delicious meal, table and live entertainment until late. 

Level 1, 2 and 3, Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay West

Hacienda
Hacienda
Hacienda

This Cuban-style bar boasts unparalleled views over Circular Quay and the Harbour Bridge, making it the perfect place to watch the Vivid lights. Offering a selection of Caribbean-inspired dishes, a curated cocktail list and ample choices of dark liquors, Hacienda spoils diners with an authentic Cuban experience. Make sure to get there early to secure your window seat.

61 Macquarie Street, Sydney

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