Best restaurants & bars with Vivid Sydney views in Darling Harbour
Sydney’s home to the world’s most beautiful harbour and hosts many incredible harbourside bars and restaurants.
If you’re looking for things to do in Sydney during Vivid, why not mix the two and sip a craft cocktail while you drink in panoramic harbour views of Elemental - a breathtaking light & water show combining 80 metre water shooters, flames, projection and pyro technics over Cockle Bay.
To get your evening started we’ve concocted a list of the best restaurants and cocktail bars with stunning views of the show in Darling Harbour. And the best part? Catch the 10-inute water show every half-hour from 6pm each night so you can't miss it!
Make the most Sydney's annual festival of light, music and ideas while enjoying a spectacular view of Darling Harbour at Blackbird Cafe. A family-friendly modern Australian restaurant with a stunning view of Sydney Infinity to boot. Get in the Vivid Sydney spirit with the Purple Rain cocktail for just $15 available for a limited time only and merry-makers get to keep the illuminated glass for free!
Café Del Mar brings Ibizan style to Sydney, with an expansive sun drenched terrace on Cockle Bay Wharf, a long list of crafted cocktails and live DJs every weekend. Order a few of their delicious bite-sized tapas and a classic Negroni and soak in those panoramic harbour views.
High in the Sofitel Hotel in the heart of Darling Harbour, you’ll find a taste of French sophistication and joie de vivre at Champagne Bar. This classy little watering hole features floor-to-ceiling windows and breathtaking views over the glistening harbour - the perfect accompaniment to their extensive menu of premium champagnes and specially crafted cocktals for Vivid Sydney.
Planar serves some of Sydney’s most inventive cocktails, including a delicious smoked negroni with rosewater that will blow your mind. The views and vibes aren stunning thanks to its location by the water and the comfortable lounge seating can be a little difficult to get out of if you’ve had an especially ‘good time’.
Zephyr floats high atop the Sydney skyline on level 12 of the Hyatt Regency Hotel. It’s got uninterrupted 180-degree views over Darling Harbour and the city - the perfect accompaniment to their crafted cocktail menu. Grab one of their Vivd Inspired Cocktails and a seat near the edge at sunset and drink it all in.