A CBD rooftop bar with a vertical garden, tacos and live tunes.
July 30, 2015
Located en route from the city to Circular Quay, Taylor's Rooftop is the Republic Hotel's lush rooftop bar. As is usually the case with a venue's top floor space, here, after a seemingly endless flight of stairs, you'll be rewarded with a night sky, live music and a cold beer when you reach the top.
If beer isn't your thing, the cocktail offerings are great for the locale — fruity, fresh and frozen could describe a large percentage of the menu. Try the Post Melone (white rum, elderflower liqueur, watermelon and pineapple, $18), a frozen coconut margarita ($17) or a pink gin spritz ($17). There are also a number of carafes to share, including the Frosty Fruit ($29), which tastes just like the beloved icy pole.
The food menu covers all the usual pub classics — such as schnitzels ($20), fried chicken burgers ($19) and a sirloin steak with chips ($25) — plus some added delights. There's a trio of tacos to start; a salmon poke bowl complete with edamame, spicy mayo and crunchy wasabi peas ($22); a Beyond Meat cheeseburger ($22) for the vegetarians out there; a Japanese chicken curry ($23); and beef bourguignon pot pie with salad ($24).
An otherwise smart-casual bar space is made remarkable by a vertical garden of lush greenery that sits nicely against a starry sky or a sunny afternoon. With the addition of live acoustic music and DJs throughout the week, Taylor's is the site of many glorious rooftop dance parties.
Updated February 24, 2020.