Where to Sip a Spritz in the Sun Now the Weather's Warming Up (And Get Your Drink on the House)
These top-shelf Sydney venues are bringing big summer energy.
September 29, 2022
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Summer is coming — and it's about damn time we got back to living that rooftop-drinking, harbourside-dining life. To celebrate the oncoming good weather, the friendly folks at Aperol are giving away 100,000 spritzes for the next two months. Yes, that's the correct number of zeroes.
To help you take full advantage of this huge offer, we've rounded up some of our favourite sun-soaked spots in Sydney where you can get your Aperol Spritz on the house.
With its picturesque views of Manly Wharf, Hugos is an ideal spot for a day-to-night session. Whenever you choose to go, you're guaranteed to dine in style while enjoying classic and signature cocktails — as well as spritzes, of course — concocted by the award-winning bar team. Some of our favourites include the Love Island (vanilla-infused Skyy vodka, Frangelico and white chocolate liqueur shaken with coconut and lime) and the Pink Dragon (Bulldog gin, Luxardo cherry liqueur and violet liqueur, shaken with lemon and dragonfruit). The seafood-focused menu features elevated takes on classic pub fare, including a sizeable selection of pizzas if you're after something to nibble on while sipping on your spritz.
THE WINERY, SURRY HILLS
The Winery's striking interior will teleport you to an urban garden oasis. If you fancy a glass of white or red wine, this Surry Hills spot houses over 30 different types of vino which you can take to different indoor or outdoor areas within the vicinity. The cocktail menu provides intriguing options as well, such as Hubba Bubble (Hubba Bubba-infused Ketel One, raspberry and coconut), I Love That (butter-washed Ketel One, mango, vanilla and passionfruit) and Love Potion Number Three (Tanqueray, rose vermouth, thyme and cherry). If you're with a group (or if you're especially thirsty) go for a jug — options include a rosé sangria, a classic Pimm's, and, of course, Aperol Spritz.
Perched above the streets of Barangaroo, Untied boasts gorgeous views of the Sydney skyline. The contemporary rooftop restaurant and bar radiates a chic and sophisticated vibe, making it a perfect spot for date night, a catch-up with friends or a special occasion. Soak up the evening atmosphere and order yourself a smooth Honey Sky, a mix of Jose Cuervo Especial Silver Tequila, Aperol Aperitif, lime, honey-vanilla-passionfruit syrup and aquafaba. If you prefer to keep it simple, you could always opt for a timeless classic like an Aperol spritz, moscow mule or whiskey sour.
LADY BANKS, BANKSTOWN
One of Sydney's largest rooftop bars, Lady Banks features panoramic 360-degree views from the heart of the southwest that, on a clear day, stretch from the city skyline all the way to the Blue Mountains. The seasonal food menu is heavily inspired by the Middle East and is made to share, while the drinks menu features both house-blended rum and house-brewed beer. Did we mention the team also ages its own spirits in an American Oak Barrel? For the ultimate Lady Banks experience, try out the eponymous cocktail, which features Ink Gin from the Tweed's Husk Distillery.
MARRICKVILLE SPRINGS, MARRICKVILLE
The 80s are calling at Philter Brewing's rooftop garden bar, which boasts a weather-proof retractable roof and — as its name suggests — features a Palm Springs-themed interior that will make you feel like you're in Southern California. Rain or shine, Marrickville Springs is a must-visit for all things beer, wine and frozen cocktails in the Inner West. Other than its drinks, Marrickville Springs's scrumptious bar snacks are what complete the evening — split a Classy Platter (featuring smoked cabanossi, aged cheddar, pickled goodies, dip of the week and housemade chips) or really lean into the 80s theme with a prawn cocktail.
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