Kasbah, The Strand Hotel Rooftop

This historic pub and hotel is home to a breezy rooftop cocktail garden with top-notch bar snacks.
Ben Hansen and Nishika Sharma
Published on December 13, 2022
Updated on October 30, 2023


Following a transformation of its ground-level space into a fancy French bistro, The Strand Hotel has relaunched its rooftop bar, dubbed Kasbah.

Located on William Street among heritage-listed and brutalist gems of Darlinghurst and Wolloomolloo, Kasbah's rooftop bar consists of a sun-soaked courtyard, Balearic tunes, cosy terracotta lounges, luxe Persian rugs and vibrant patterned tiling, which draw inspiration from Marrakesh's pastel tones.

For bites, Kasbah serves French and Moroccan-inspired fusion cuisine in the form of grazing plates to the tune of ginger, turmeric and coriander-spiced tiger prawns. To pair, there's an array of Mediterranean-leaning cocktails like The Silk Road and Ficus and a short offering of natural wines.

Each weekend, the rooftop hosts DJ sets and live entertainment. Plus, once the in-house DJs wrap up, anyone looking to kick on until the early hours of the morning can then head down to the newly refurbished Club 77, just a few doors down.

"Leigh and the team have the expertise to provide a renewed experience in food and service across Strand Bistrothèque and Kasbah upstairs on the rooftop," said Wells."You'll be able to make your day or night whatever you want it to be at The Strand."

The walk-in-only bar is complete with a retractable roof, meaning it can accommodate big doses of Vitamin D when needed or a shady place to escape the sun during summer. Just ensure your footwear is staircase-ready, as the only way to get up to the roof is to ascend the hotel's multiple levels on foot.

Head to 99 William Street, Darlinghurst, to check out the new and improved pub. For further information and operating hours, head to The Strand Hotel's website

Image credit: Parker Blain

Updated, October 25, 2023

Appears in: 

The Best Rooftop Bars in Sydney


Tap and select Add to Home Screen to access Concrete Playground easily next time. x