--> Opera Bar in Sydney, NSW, Pubs & Bars - True Local
Back to Opera Bar

Opera Bar

Pubs & Bars
Sydney, NSW
Open today - 11:30 am - 1:00 am
Mon 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Tue 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Wed 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Thu 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Fri 11:30 am - 1:00 am
Sat 11:30 am - 1:00 am
Sun 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Opera Bar - Sydney Opera House is one of the most popular bars around. It offers absolutely stunning views of the Sydney Harbour and Circular Quay. It is always a lively place with live bands and singers. Outdoor area is always popular, their indoor lounge areas are even more so for dining. 

--TrueLocal description--
Locals know that this is the place to get a gasp out of visitors. A mixed crowd, in daytime there?s no Sydneyish door policies and everyone is thrown together for fun in the sun and a very Sydney view. Sundays have jazz ? and nibbles served on afternoon tea stands.

Pubs & Bars


Dinner Lunch


Live Music


Happy Hour


Spirits Champagne Wine Imported Beer on Tap Imported Beer Cocktails Beer on Tap

Disabled Facilities

Wheel Chair Access



Add a review to any business for your chance to win!
Entry subject to acceptance of competition terms & conditions
Add Review
  • Please write at least 50 characters about this business based on your personal experience.
    We like reviews and comments which are helpful, interesting, funny and authentic.

Reviews of Opera Bar

  • On a sunny day where better on the harbour for a drink? The only downside is that it can get busy, and I mean very busy. But if you have a group and secure a table / seats settle in and make the most of the best spot on the harbour.
  • yummy cocktails, but not as high class as you might think... a little too sticky and smokey for my liking, but with views like these... that is quick to overcome.
  • David Sarkies Local Star 565 reviews
    I love this place, and have loved it since I first discovered it a few years back as I was making my way to the Opera House to pick up some tickets. It has the perfect location overlooking the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, and Circular Quay. Okay, it is a little pricey, and on Friday Evenings it gets so packed that it is impossible to find a seat, including the seats along the water's edge. However later at night it tends to die down a bit (to an extent). This is the perfect place to have a couple of drinks after (or even before) a show at the Opera house. Okay, I haven't had the chance to try any of the food, but that has more to do with not having time to actually get anything, but it has one of the best locations, and views, on the harbour.
  • Opera bar is great when entertaining friends visiting from overseas. There isn't a bar in the city with a better view. However it can get so rammed that it becomes a hassle to get a seat and can also get a bit rowdy. Better when it isn't so busy, but overall worth a visit!
  • atan7 Local Star 1,300 reviews
    Every time our company hosts international guests, we taken them to opera bar. Set against a beautiful backdrop of the Harbour bridge it is a stunning place to enjoy a drink as the sun sets over Sydney's icons.
    The drinks are a little pricier but it is an warm and exquisite atmosphere. I tried a mocktail of berries and it was filled with fresh strawberries, blueberries and lychee, with a hint of mint... It was delicious!
    Come here to have a drink and enjoy Sydney!
  • There is no bar in Sydney that can match a view like Opera Bar. The panoramic view includes the Circular Quay, the Rocks, the Harbour Bridge and Luna Park. Yeah the drinks are a little exy but I guess that's what you'd expect when you have a view like that!
  • KamenRiderBlack Local Star 120 reviews
    Here is a short summary of Opera Bar:

    Ok... I like Opera Bar, it's really pretty and the drinks are good and the food is nice and blah blah blah but seriously, it is so ridiculously pretentious, the staff are mostly lovely but GOD they are so disorganised and lazy. I swear every time I go something i've ordered is late to the table. I get it, you're busy, but how are you charging like... $25 for a simple cocktail and not have enough staff? sort it out.

    Drinks are over priced, which attracts a crowd that believes money=class, the service is sub-par and the food is only just above average. Views good but the bar didn't do that, Australia did. Music is never great it's like... top 40's hits mixed in a wok by a kids party DJ.

    The two stars are for positive reinforcement. Use it to motivate yourself to be good.
  • bradlyloco Local Star 184 reviews
    Definitely a lot better since the refresh. Always a great place to bring out-of-towners because of the excellent views.
  • jacoblewis Barfly 82 reviews
    Can't really ask for a better location! Always come here with friends travelling to Sydney, the price isn't too bad considering the location. Great bar with a great view!
  • spraoi Barfly 70 reviews
    Went here on Christmas Eve this year and while I loved the new layout and extra seating the lack of staff outside made the experience less enjoyable. The views are amazing and the drinks are not too expensive considering where it is but the staff could definitely have been more friendly.
  • Jess_2014p Local Star 170 reviews
    Such an iconic place to go for Sydneysiders and tourists alike. I always enjoy a trip there on a warm Sunday afternoon! They have re-done the seating recently which looks great. On the down side, they have re-worked the menu recently and the food is a rip off now - I ordered a green salad side plate for $8 and got a bowl of lettuce (??)
  • mins Local Star 944 reviews
    I never tire of the Opera Bar and who would with the views. The good thing is they have a smoking and non smoking section as being outdoors it could easily be all smoking. The staff were super friendly when serving also.
  • One of the best. Great service. Great cocktails too.
  • beautiful location had fun but it cost me dearly with drinks.
  • Great Location, right on the harbor. Good vibe on a Sunday. Drinks are pricey, but your paying for the views and location. Nice for a lazy Sunday.
  • pvogtmann Barfly 41 reviews
    Great views, Expensive but worth it for the views and atmosphere. Food is nice too.
  • Aobryan Local Star 170 reviews
    This place is definitely the place to be in Summer. Unfortunately it is open-air which means it can be very chilly in Winter (as it's right on the water) and definitely not a place to go if it rains. But there is a delicous food menu, an absolutely outstanding cocktail menu and to sit right on the water, listening to some beats whilst chatting with friends, it's a wonderful venue
  • Paulos101 Barfly 92 reviews
    I have been to Opera bar a few times but the last time i went not too long ago was awesome the atmosphere was great due to the live band that were playing as well as a guy on the saxophone. it was a real chillout vibe. Add to that the absolutetly awesome views of the opera house and harbour bridge, great for a few drinks with friends ( even though their booze is bit overpriced)
  • WeenieM Local Star 88 reviews
    I've always avoided Opera Bar because it is just so touristy and busy, but I went here recently and really, nothing beats having a nice drink with your friend sitting right next to the harbour looking out to the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and the water. Absolutely amazing especially on a nice evening whilst the sun is setting.
  • Fabulous location, great drink selections (although pricey!) and a buzzy vibe. Shame they don't stay open later as we were hurried out of there after having seen a show at the Opera House. They would have made a fortune from us had they stayed open!
  • winglee Barfly 182 reviews
    Busy and pricey. But on a gorgeous Sydney day, there is no better place to sit and soak up a chardy and the superb views of Sydney harbour.
  • Great bar and food and the live music is a nice touch for the atmosphere. Favourite time is in Summer when you can sit on the sides and watch the ferries go past.
  • rina.v Local Star 407 reviews
    Really great place to come for a drink or to eat. Amazing views of Sydney!
  • MrT Barfly 190 reviews
    The view is amazing! Forget the terrible house prices, overcrowded public transport and heavy traffic - this place makes you feel lucky to live in Sydney! :-)
  • Brilliant location but overshadowed by the terrible service. It was like we were inconveniencing the staff by ordering!? Needs improvement.
  • 5 Stars for the location and view ! what a great spot to go for dinner, lunch or just a drink on a balmy summer evening. Having recently been there, sitting by the waters edge looking at the Harbour Bridge and the Queen Elizabeth 2 Cruise Ship that was simply sitting right in front of us, I felt blessed to be able to call Sydney Home. A must place to visit, on any budget, choose what to eat from a variety of casual style dining options or grab coffee and a cake and sit harbourside for as little as $10bucks ! Or simply grab a drink with friends in the casual style open air setting or cosy up inside the lovely Opera Bar. Perfect for any budget and the best location in Sydney.
  • Disgraceful service from behind the bar, insulting and unhelpful staff, poor communication about collection of drinks, all of this spelt NEVER go there again. I have been a patron for at least fifteen years.This place has changed in tone dramatically. Discourteous, huge egos, unable to deal with simple requrests and complaints, and no class. WHen one complains, you get laughed at by the entire staff. Why would I bother to bring one more person to this place to be treated so badly?
  • Moochies Local Star 86 reviews
    The Opera bar surprise surprise is located on the lower concourse of Sydney Opera House. So you can imagine the views you get while in this venue, first the Opera House, then the Harbour and also Sydney Bridge! Wonderful! The bar itself seems to be always busy so its very hard to find a place to sit we ended up eating on the benches on the side of Harbour/ Opera House walkway which was not ideal. BUT and that a big BUT, the food was divine; absolutely delicious and I was surprised to find not as pricey as I thought it would have been. In fact, it was actually quite reasonable! The service is well, eh- forgettable- not because the staff arent polite or anything because they are but rather transactional so you dont really get a warmth from your contact with the staff and vice versa. This is mostly because you order at the counter and then find a place to stand or sit and then have you food delivered to you and thats the extent of the contact with the staff. The vibe and food and views however make up for all its negatives a must do/ see in Sydney!
  • The view from the outside tables is simply amazing!
    If you are new to Sydney, this is a must see!!! The Opera house, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Circular Quay.
    Only downside is that the drinks are a little expensive.
  • Tiaraaaaa Local Star 1,090 reviews
    A great place to chill out with friends on Friday or Saturday night, organise a birthday or after work drinks. A little pricey but the views of the harbour are fantastic and the cocktails are divine. Great ambience, lovely outdoor design so you don't feel suffocated like other bars and great food.

More Pubs & Bars near Sydney, NSW

Our new website is launching soon.
Take a look and tell us what you think