The Glenmore Hotel

This pub in The Rocks has a rooftop with one of the best views over the harbour.
Lena Peacock and Andrew Zuccala
May 01, 2023


Built in 1921, the heritage listed hotel has had many of its features restored to their original state over the past decade or so, including fireplaces, the bars themselves and the almighty rooftop space.

Overseen by the heritage council, the Glenmore now has a swanky Ladies Pamper Parlour, a lounge area on the first floor where the hotel rooms used to be, along with a new cocktail bar and collection of rooms with juliette balconies, plush carpets, retro posters and a pool table.

And while this is all very grand, one of the best parts of The Glenmore has to be the rooftop terrace. The views of the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House can be seen clearer from this area. The retractable roof is a great addition, along with the rustic style wooden benches and red industrial chairs.

the glenmore - sydney pub

Steven Woodburn

Sit up here or in the dining room, munching on shared plates — think oysters, grilled octopus, polenta chips and prawn toast — alongside some burgers and larger plates including a great chicken parmie.

For cocktails in the lounge area, the Santi Muerto — tequila, limoncello, watermelon juice and a dash of bitter lemon soda — is perfect for lazy hot summer nights. Alternatively, there's a compact list of wines, beers and Dom Perignon for special occasions.

Like many popular pubs in Sydney, The Glenmore has refined its offerings without losing its old world charm. It remains a solid addition to the Rocks' dining and watering hole scene.

the glenmore hotel - sydney pub

Cassandra Hannagan

Appears in: 

The Best Pubs in Sydney

The Best Rooftop Bars in Sydney


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