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Circular Quay, Sydney

Opera Bar

Lower Concourse Level, Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay, NSW
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With spectacular and uninterrupted views, Opera Bar boasts the most enviable position in Sydney offering unrivalled views of the Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and all the wonders of the city skyline. Described as ‘the best beer garden in the world’ Opera Bar is open 7 days a week from 11.30 am with live music nightly from 8.30pm and 2pm on weekends.

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Opera Bar Review

Review by Jessie Poon

Circular Quay is renowned to be one of the most beautiful locations in all of Sydney, it is home to a number of high quality bars treated with breathtaking views of the Harbour Bridge. And situated in the shadow of the Opera House is the bar with a million dollar view.

The Opera Bar can be found literally right next to the Opera House; just getting there involves walking past rows of restaurants with many couples and upper class business men and women chatting in the candlelight with bottles of wine and champagne, facing the Harbour Bridge in all its glory.

This has already led to my high expectations of Opera Bar, but it only gets better. Upon arrival at Opera Bar, the view and atmosphere just blew me away.

The stunning outdoor bar oozes classiness with a restaurant area on one end and a small dance floor playing classic tunes such as Beatles and Beach Boys for the more mature aged couples to tango together, with none of the usual trashy clubbing beats.

The bar menu has a large assortment of cocktails to choose from Mojitos to Margaritas; however, they are all quite pricey. The drinks range from $15 to $20 for cocktails, and a bottle of champagne was a minimum of $40. Opera Bar can be rather expensive as it caters to CBD Office workers and the older side of Sydney’s nightlife.

After doing some damage to my wallet, I had a Lexy the 5th and a Margarita. Personally I found the Margarita far too sour and the Lexy the 5th (which was a grapefruit cocktail) very, very bitter. To my dismay, for drinks that were so expensive, they were rather disappointing. However, for a fantastic view like this one, the price was still worth it – not to mention the ladies there were dressed up and utterly gorgeous.

The alfresco bar area is laden with seats and tables right on the edge of the harbour, as close as you can get to the amazing panoramic views, the ideal place for photos to capture moments you never want to forget.

Just visualise grabbing a table outside facing the Harbour while talking with your friends and checking out the patrons across the table who look like they’ve been pulled from a magazine, with a champagne glass in one hand and a cigarette in the other. This is a bar that’s as damn near perfect as it gets, and one of the very best I’ve ever been to.

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A Second Opera Bar Review

Review By Nastasia Campanella

Views are pretty important when you’re out drinking. Images of hot men, good looking girls, water views and hot decor make for a swish establishment. Opera Bar has them all and it’s a winner. The famous bar has become a household name within the international bar scene. It’s perched right in the Harbour and from the huge windows, you can see everything.

The outdoor seating is ideal for watching beautiful boats bobbing up and down on the sparkly sea. You’ll find impressively gorgeous eye candy here too. The ladies, in their 30’s, are all sporting heals worth a month’s rent, clinging on to handbags I consider stealing. While the men range from 30-40-year-old business types or men who look like they’ve fallen right out of a Calvin Klein ad.

The inside features are fabulous too. A dark wood bar stretches across the far side of the room where you can see four guys in tight shirts shaking, mixing and swirling. Comfortable booths and high wooden tables are quickly filling up around the dimly lit room as the night flies by. The staff don’t really offer help with drink choices, but we’re pretty good at selecting for ourselves anyway.

We like the wide variety of caprioskas and mojitos whipped up by head bartender, Brad Cullin. He has a tendency to grill and poach fruit in cocktails which is right up our alli too. Winners for us are the Opera White Tea [$16]. A base of Heradura Reposado tequila, pear liqueur, and cointreau, vodka and apple juice are layered with care and precision. The Honey Cha-Cha [$17] is the perfect silky mix. Served martini style, this cocktail sees cachaca, vodka and kahlua, shaken with honey roasted pineapple. The Dirty Carpet Disco [$17] is what will absolutely have me running back here. Chambord is lathered alongside vanilla vodka, strawberry schnapps and apple juice. What I love about this cocktail is the playful garnish of currants and raspberries. Beers start at $7 and wines at $19 a glass. There are very expensive bottles here from all around the world and if you’ve got a bit of cash floating round in your bag, you could do some real damage.

Food wise, there is also a bit to choose from. They’ve got a couple of share plates; dips, breads, freshly shucked oysters, sweet potato chips, olives and a cheeseboard. For a main, you can have a squid salad, a slow roasted beef stew with rice or a grilled barramundi with hand cut chips. Food starts at $14 a dish.

This is the kind of place for after work drinks especially, if you’re in law or finance. If you’ve got tourists in town, there is no better spot for snapping our picturesque city. There isn’t room for dancing, but if you’re going on a first date with someone, it’s pretty dam perfect! Whoever invites me to sit beside Sydney Harbour with a cocktail and a cheeseboard is an absolute keeper!

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