29 May 2024

Top 3 Bars to View Vivid Sydney

Vivid Sydney transforms the city into a luminous wonderland, and The Rocks offers some of the best vantage points to enjoy this spectacular festival.
Whether you’re looking for a casual rooftop experience, a relaxed bar setting, or a luxurious hotel view, The Rocks has the perfect spot. Visit The Glenmore, Bar Lulu, and Shangri-La Sydney for unforgettable views of Vivid Sydney, and let the city’s greatest light show enchant you from these prime locations.

Soak it all in at The Glenmore

Settle in on the rooftop, surrounded by the glow of the harbour and the vibrant light installations of Vivid SydneyThe Glenmore's rooftop offers a unique vantage point to witness the festival’s magic, making it a must-visit destination during Vivid Sydney. A beloved Sydney icon, it boasts unparalleled 180-degree views of the harbour. Originally built in the 1840s and reconstructed in 1921 to make way for the Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Glenmore has retained its traditional charm and character. The rooftop beer garden is the perfect spot to enjoy a refreshing drink and bite with friends while taking in the mesmerising Vivid Sydney lights. During Vivid Sydney, they’re even serving limited edition Talisker Tipples. The menu features an extensive list of brews, wines, cocktails, and Aussie pub classics.

Elevate your experience at Bar Lulu

Situated above Luna Lu, Bar Lulu is the perfect spot for a cheeky tipple and bar snacks that combine the bold and exciting flavours of Asian cuisine with the quality of Australian produce.

With its stylish ambiance and intimate setting, it's an ideal place to relax and take in the mesmerising lights of Vivid Sydney. Join Bar Lulu in The Rocks and elevate your Vivid Sydney experience with stunning views, exceptional cocktails, and unforgettable moments.

Luxury views at Shangri-La Sydney

For a truly luxurious Vivid Sydney experience, head to the Shangri-La Sydney. This premier harbourside hotel offers unparalleled views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Altitude Restaurant and Blu Bar on 36 are standout locations within the hotel to witness the splendour of Vivid Sydney’s unforgettable lights.

Dinner at Altitude provides an award-winning culinary experience with extraordinary, all-encompassing views of Sydney Harbour’s glittering lights. As you dine, the vibrant hues of Vivid Sydney will enhance the glamour of this exquisite location.

For a more relaxed, but no less magical, setting, head to Blu Bar on 36. During Vivid, Blu Bar will be dishing up a special Vivid Sydney menu of tantalising Twilight Tapas and Vivid-inspired cocktails. Inspire your taste buds with savoury bites including kangaroo tartare with Shinshu miso-cured egg yolk and wattleseed tuile, and Brooklyn Valley striploin with pickled shiitake and thyme truffle jus. Blu Bar’s experienced mixologists will ignite your night with their signature Elysian Empyrean Elixir, combining blood shiraz gin, rosemary, apricot, Campari, and mango vermouth in a smoked cloche.
Discover the magic of Vivid Sydney from the best vantage points in The Rocks. Whether you prefer the casual charm of The Glenmore's rooftop, the artistic ambiance of Bar Lulu, or the luxurious setting of Shangri-La Sydney, you’re in for a visual treat. Each location offers a unique and unforgettable way to experience the city’s greatest light show.