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17° & SUNNY ON SATURDAY 20 JULY IN SYDNEY
By Natalie Freeland
October 07, 2014
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The Royal Hotel

Rise to the top of this Five Ways pub for incredible views over the city.
By Natalie Freeland
October 07, 2014
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UPDATE: DECEMBER 13, 2019 — Even if Sydney isn't quite ready for summer, The Royal Hotel is. The Paddo pub has just given its rooftop a bit of a makeover — it now sports lots of white wood, turquoise and bright beach umbrellas. A pop-up Pampelle spritz bar will also be stationed up there for summer, if you needed something to sweeten the deal.

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The rooftop at The Royal Hotel in Paddington is a favourite among pubgoers. After a decent trek up a few flights of stairs, juggling coldies, you're rewarded with an outstanding view of the city, the bays and the harbour — an amazing setting to watch the dusk wash over Sydney.

You can't eat up here, so you'll have to head downstairs to one of the pubs other large spaces — perhaps the main bar or the verandah bar where you can eat on the wrap-around balcony. The menu features traditional pub food at a decent price ($26 steak or $24 pasta).

Either way, get in there early, because the rooftop ain't too big, and it fills up quickly for summer sun downs.

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