May 11, 2018
If it were to be judged on location alone, Opera Bar would still be the best place on Sydney Harbour to enjoy a sunset tipple. Just steps away from the Opera House, with the majestic Harbour Bridge arching gracefully across the azul water in front of it, the bar practically screams at passersby to stop in for a schooner. But Opera Bar isn’t just a pretty face. Co-owner and TV chef Matt Moran has had a hand in ensuring the drinks list is always up to par, and the all-day modern Australian menu is to die(t) for share around a plate of chilli salt squid as you sip on a crisp glass of South Australian riesling, or pair a home-brewed Opera Bar Organic Ale with a heartier meal from the grill. Conveniently, there’s ample seating at Opera Bar to plonk your, er plonk both under the giant umbrellas shading the forecourt (it gets hot out here), and the cosy indoor area. Unlike some of the stuffier establishments in these parts of the city, Opera Bar is a coolly casual affair orders for food and drink are placed at the bar, and service is efficient and friendly. Located in Sydney’s tourism ground zero, Opera Bar is no hidden gem. But while many a tour group has fallen for Opera Bar’s charms, this bastion of harbourside drinking remains a popular local haunt, evident by the seething masses of city workers seen loosening their ties here of a Friday afternoon. If you’re looking for a romantic, pre-theatre cocktail under the stars, head here earlier during the week.