Glenmore Rooftop Hotel96 Cumberland St, The Rocks, NSW
The Glenmore Hotel has been an Aussie icon since 1921. With its colonial English charm and character, The Glenmore has survived depressions, wars and plagues to remain a sentimental favourite amongst its locals and tourist of Sydney. The Glenmore rooftop Hotel is predominantly known for its famous Rooftop Beer Garden. With stunning 180 degree views of Sydney Harbour and CBD, this hidden gem is a favourite for long lunches soaking up the sun or letting loose with the weekend party atmosphere, all whilst overlooking one of the worlds most beautiful harbours.
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Glenmore Rooftop Hotel Review
By Nicholas Gordon
The Glenmore Rooftop Hotel could have been one of the oldest pubs in The Rocks. Except that in the 1920s they needed to build a bridge across the Harbour and the Glenmore was in the way. The old Glenmore was demolished, but Tooth and Co. Brewery, the pub's original owners, quickly snagged a new position on the other side of the street and rebuilt the pub from scratch.
And it's a good thing they did. The Glenmore enjoys a spectacular position high on Cumberland Street in The Rocks. The views down to Circular Quay, the Opera House and Sydney Harbour are spectacular. The pub has two distinct sections: an old-school public bar on the ground floor and the famous rooftop bar on the third level.
Downstairs it's classic public bar territory. A large bar dominates the room and patrons can snare a table at the window and watch the world go by. The decor is nothing flash, but there are many reminders of the pub's long and colourful history. Picnic benches line the pavement outside and prove popular with locals, tourists and party people keen to get their drink on.
But the main drawcard is upstairs. The Glenmore's rooftop is a large courtyard offering striking views of the Harbour and Opera House. It rates as one of the finest drinking spots with a view in Sydney. A small bar operates on the roof and fuels the endless stream of drinkers that trek up the stairs. This place isn't even close to being a secret, and as soon as the temperature rises above 20 degrees, expect to find it hard to snag a table.
Up on the roof, the drink choice is fairly limited. Beers on tap include Carlton Draught, Pure Blonde, Asahi and Peroni. Bulmers is also tapped and proves popular with the weekend crowds. The wine list is also pretty comprehensive without being too adventurous. By the glass prices range from $6 to $10. By the bottle prices start at $27 and move up to a wallet-emptying $149 for a bottle of Veuve. On Sundays, jugs of Pimms and lemonade, Pimms and ginger ale and white wine sangria also prove popular - punters can grab a jug for under $20.
Other specials and events throughout the week include trivia on Wednesday nights, $10 steak nights on Mondays and Tuesdays, and live music on the rooftop on Thursday nights. The pub doesn't seem to need to do much to draw a crowd though, there always seems to be a healthy number of patrons intent on letting their hair down.
Like any pub in The Rocks, The Glenmore has to cater to many different types of people. Tourists certainly do constitute a large chunk of the crowd, but the location off the main drag ensures that locals make up the numbers as well. If you find yourself close to The Rocks, The Glenmore should definitely be on your radar for a Sunday session or for a few cold ones on a hot summer's night.
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