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When you’re visiting a new city, it’s easy to head to the nearest bar out of sheer convenience rather than choosing the best option. Most of the time, that would be your hotel bar. Luckily in Sydney, hotel bars are often the top choice. These 5 hotel bars in Sydney share a most telling sign of their enviable reputations: the locals go there.

Zephyr at Hyatt Regency Sydney

With unbeatable views of Sydney Harbour, this rooftop bar wins in the game of real estate. Zephyr’s nautical atmosphere perfect parallels its location and since it’s open 7 nights a week and for Sunday brunch, it’s worth coming back over and over again to soak in the view at every hour.

Inside view of Hyatt Regency Sydney

Eau De Vie at The Kirketon Hotel

In true speakeasy style, you wouldn’t find Eau De Vie unless you knew where to go. This chic venue has been voted as one of the best cocktail bars in Sydney time and time again. Their creative cocktail menu and extensive whisky collections are as fun to peruse as they are to taste.

Whiskey courtesy of Eau De Vie

Grain Bar at Four Seasons Hotel

Another bar with that has earned a fat stack of accolades! Not only does Grain Bar offer impressive, carefully-crafted cocktails, craft beers and a sizable whisky menu, but their bar food is top tier. Decadent share plates of truffle-topped pizzetta, Spanner crab nachos and Sydney oysters are only the beginning.

Wine and oysters served at Grain Bar

Marble Bar at Hilton Sydney

This underground bar is smack-dab in the middle of Sydney’s CBD. And while the bones of the establishment date all the way back to 1893, Marble Bar has a totally contemporary atmosphere. For their best deal, visit during Cocktail Hour: 6-8pm daily.

Inside Marble Bar

Level Seven at Primus Hotel

We saved the party for last. Level Seven had been exclusively open to guests at the hotel. But recently in 2017, it was opened to the public, allowing Sydneysiders to join in on the rooftop party fun. A pool - often complemented by nearby DJ - and a long bar with friendly bartenders make it feel like Summer all year long.

Level Seven, Primus Hotel bar