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Outdoor drinking and dining

Time Out's guide to the best al fresco bars and restaurants in Sydney

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We are blessed with unusually good weather in Sydney, which means all year round there are beer gardens to visit, rooftops to summit, and waterfront bars to kick back in. And that's before you start ticking off all the best al fresco dining experiences in the city. If you love nothing more than eats and drinks in the open air, these are the venues for you.

Drinks in the sunshine

The best waterfront bars in Sydney
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The best waterfront bars in Sydney

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The best rooftop bars in Sydney
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The best rooftop bars in Sydney

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Beachside pubs in Sydney
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Beachside pubs in Sydney

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The best beer gardens in Sydney
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The best beer gardens in Sydney

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Cafés in the open air

The Grounds of Alexandria
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The Grounds of Alexandria

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 West Juliett
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West Juliett

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  • 1 out of 5 stars
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Oratnek
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Oratnek

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Smalltown
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Smalltown

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Cafe Giulia
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Cafe Giulia

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Brickfields
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Brickfields

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Kepos Street Kitchen
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Kepos Street Kitchen

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Albert and Moore
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Albert and Moore

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Outdoor seats worth fighting for

The Winery
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The Winery

Drink all the wine out under the Frangipanni trees in Surry Hills.

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El Loco at Slip Inn
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El Loco at Slip Inn

Head for this sunken beer garden that taunts drivers stuck on the City Westlink with its colourful lights and party tunes.

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The Powder Keg
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The Powder Keg

Prime seats here are the ones on the raised timber deck, right beneath the fairy-lit boughs of an old fig tree. 

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Dead Ringer
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Dead Ringer

Grab one of the big tables out in the front courtyard of this Surry Hills haunt and work your way through the ace cocktail menu.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Al fresco dining

Otto Ristorante
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Otto Ristorante

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Chiswick
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Chiswick

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Pilu at Freshwater
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Pilu at Freshwater

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Bovine and Swine Barbecue Company
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Bovine and Swine Barbecue Company

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Cafe Sydney
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Cafe Sydney

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Coogee Pavilion
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Coogee Pavilion

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Manta
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Manta

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Cottage Point Inn
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Cottage Point Inn

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Harbour views

The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf
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The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf

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Opera Bar
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Opera Bar

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  • 1 out of 5 stars
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MCA Café and Sculpture Terrace
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MCA Café and Sculpture Terrace

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Cruise Bar
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Cruise Bar

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