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By Samantha Teague
February 03, 2019
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The Old Clare Rooftop Bar

This hotel pool bar is open to the public for cocktails and snacks.
By Samantha Teague
February 03, 2019
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It's always summer at Chippendale's Old Clare Hotel — well, on the rooftop, anyway. Located on the fourth floor of the boutique hotel, visitors can enjoy killer views of the city while lounging around on deckchairs in the sun, sipping refreshing cocktails and eating snacks prepared by Barzaari downstairs.

Expect summer cocktails a plenty with the Pain-Killer ($21) — tequila, pineapple and maraschino, served in either a glass or an actual coconut — watermelon spritz ($19) and an extra-boozy rosé cocktail dubbed Rosey All Day ($18). All the classics will be available, too, as well as beers, spirits and G&Ts.

Eastern Mediterranean-inspired snacks start with Sydney Rock oysters covered in colourful roe and harissa-spiked chicken wings served with pickled chilli, then move on to prawns with falafel and two pizza-style pita breads topped with the likes of chermoula, toum (a garlicky yoghurt), pickles and lountza (smoked pork).

If you're famished, order the next-level bagel — filled with smoked brisket, pickles, iceberg and labneh — and a slice of sticky baklava served with a scoop of salted caramel ice cream.

The luxury inner-city lodgings opened for business back in 2015. It already has a lineup of food offerings so good they border on offensive, with A1 CanteenAutomata and Barzaari already in the building. The bad news for those wanting to take a sky-high dip is that you can only swim in the pool if you're a hotel guest. But maybe that means it's time to plan a staycation.

Images: Nikki To.

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