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The Rocks, Sydney

The Glenmore

96 Cumberland Street, The Rocks NSW
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Positioned in the heart of The Rocks, The Glenmore has been an Aussie iconsince 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 is renowned for it’s famous Rooftop, 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 world’s most beautiful harbours. With its impressive food menu, location, function & dining spaces (including the rooftop, cocktail bar & public bar) the Glenmore should be the top of your hit list of places to go!

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What To Expect @ The Glenmore

Review by Yasmin Blundell

Before I went to The Glenmore, I had heard it was one of the best joints in Sydney to have a drink, a bite to eat, and take in one of the best views of the harbour. And I wasn’t disappointed!

The historic hotel has recently undergone renovations and is looking better than ever, while still maintaining its colonial vibe. There are three levels that you can eat and drink on. The ground floor is home to a bar, TAB facilities, and features both indoor and outdoor seating. On the middle floor you will find The Glenmore Lounge, which features a cocktail bar and elegant rooms that are great for functions. These rooms include a Grand Dining Room, Club Room and Pool Room. But I’ve left the best floor until last: the rooftop! Up here you can take in 180 degree views of the harbour and CBD while enjoying a meal or drink from the bar. The view looks amazing at night, and the rooftop level now has a retractable roof so you can still enjoy the view even if the weather is not so nice.

You’ll find the crowd at The Glenmore to be in their late 20s to 30s. If you were planning on grabbing lunch or dinner, I’d recommend getting there early or booking a table. Friday night was really busy so we found it hard to find a free table.

One of the worst things about The Glenmore is deciding what food you’re going to order – everything on the menu sounds too delicious! There’s a variety of food that you can order too, which is good if you’re taking the kids out for meal. You can choose from salads, burgers, hot dogs, chicken schnitzel, salmon, gnocchi, bangers and mash… The list goes on. And the best thing is that the food doesn’t cost a fortune. I would have thought that because of the location, the food and drinks would have been overpriced, but that wasn’t the case at all.

Drinks include tea, coffee and soft drink while alcoholic beverages range from wine, champagne, beer, spirits, cider and cocktails. At the rooftop you can get cocktail jugs of sangria and Pimms for $28 – this would go down a treat in summer. A single cocktail is anywhere between $15-$20. You won’t pay too much more than $10 for a glass of wine and $5 for a beer. The cider was also nice and refreshing if you want to try something different.

The atmosphere at The Glenmore is one of fun and relaxation. The different floors each have a different vibe. The ground floor seems like the place to have dinner, have a bet and drink at the bar. The middle floor is the place to have a fancy meal while the rooftop has more of party vibe. It gets packed up there, but it’s definitely worth going up and having a look. It’s the perfect place to go with friends to catch up or unwind at the end of the day. So if you’re in The Rocks, definitely pop in and check this place out!

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