Few cities anywhere in the world are defined by their relationship with water as much as Australia’s very own harbor city. With the rolling sandy beaches of the Pacific Ocean to the east, the jagged inlets of the Hawkesbury River to the north, the Nepean River to the west and of course, stunning Sydney Harbour and its world class landmarks cutting a line straight through its geographical centre, Sydney does glamorous beaches and the waterfront lifestyle better than most! Given its abundance of physical blessings, which also includes a sunny year-round climate, Sydneysiders are known to flock to the many beachside bars and restaurants their home town offers. Here’s just a few top spots that have caught True Local’s eye:

61 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW

Sitting pretty on the second floor of Circular Quay’s infamous ‘”toaster” building (Bennelong Apartments) with sweeping views of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, Hacienda is a Latin-infused bar serving up vintage 1950’s-inspired cocktails and Cuban-style meals to well-heeled Sydneysiders. Meal options range from simple Shoe String Fries for $12 to filling Grilled Haloumi Burgers for $24, whilst cocktail options include the Fading Light (vodka, pomengranate liquer, blood orange shrub, lime juice & vanilla sugar) for $19 and Pera Sabrosa (sailor jerry spiced rum, pear shrub, apple juice, lime juice, sugar syrup, mint & ginger beer) for $22 to name just a few examples.

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1 Notts Avenue, Bondi Beach NSW    

As iconic as the world famous beach it overlooks, Icebergs Dining Room & Bar is a Sydney institution, a place where hardy souls come for their early morning swim in this beachfront club’s invigorating salt pool, followed by a refreshing drink and filling meal in its spacious upstairs quarters. Popular items on the menu include Porter House Steak for $30, Fish & Chips for $26, Vanilla Ice Cream (3 Scoops) for a surprisingly low $4, whilst drinking options range from a Cosmopolitan at $14 up to $22 for a jug of Pimms.

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1 Athol Wharf Road, Mosman NSW

Billed as “bringing the European beach club experience exclusively to Sydney”, The Island is the “world’s first floating beach club” anchored in Sydney Harbour, off the shores of exclusive Mosman. Featuring stunning views across the water towards the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, the Island also functions as a posh event space – with upcoming functions including an Australia Day party.

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3 Centenary Drive, Mosman NSW

Overlooking the narrow silver of water that is Mosman Bay, Mosman Rowers is one of Sydney’s prime waterfront clubs, just a short ferry ride from the heart of the hustle and bustle in Circular Quay. Operating a Member’s Bar on the ground floor that’s open for lunch and dinner daily, Mosman Rowers also doubles as a super classy function space and is also open to members of the general public (as long as you sign a guestbook first). Popular items on their menu include $16 Burgers, $18 Pizza’s and a range of delicious Cocktails.

1 Military Road, Watsons Bay NSW

Nestled at the southern entrance to Sydney Harbour, Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel takes its title from the ritzy neighborhood of the same name and includes all the mod cons you’d expect from a waterside venue catering to the city’s A-list. Chief amongst its attractions include stunning views over the Harbour towards Sydney CBD from a generous outdoor deck, dedicated wedding and conference space and of course a delectable series of set menus covering Weekend Brunch ($45) to Grand Feast/Dinner ($125).

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