The Royal Hotel

Rise to the top of this Five Ways pub for incredible views over the city.
Natalie Freeland
Published on October 07, 2022
Updated on August 14, 2023


The rooftop at The Royal Hotel in Paddington has long been a favourite among pub-goers and Paddo locals for about as long as cold beer's been coming out of taps.

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 impressive 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 with a regular board of specials.

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

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