Opera Bar has one of the best views of Vivid Sydney, and while you’re literally sitting under the Opera House sails watching them change colour and design above, you can gaze across to the Harbour Bridge pylons and watch Luna Park and the Museum of Contemporary Art light up. It’s one of Sydney’s most beloved restaurants for its position right on the harbour and puts you right in the heart of Vivid with views of Sydney’s iconic buildings and watercraft as they light up with colour on the harbour. Keep an eye out for the Sydney ferries, decorated with brilliant lights that change colour as they enter different Vivid precincts.
Opera Bar has live music every night during Vivid, a special Vivid dining menu, and an activation with Bombay Sapphire that has the Opera Bar turning blue with themed cocktails. They’ve even set up a Vivid-themed photo booth so guests can capture their own Vivid moment on camera.
Dine at Bennelong Restaurant in the Sydney Opera House during Vivid Sydney and enjoy Australian food and wine in one of the most extraordinary locations in Sydney, if not the country. From its position within the Opera House sails, Bennelong offers a fine dining experience with views across the harbour as the city lights up. With the best of Australian produce on the menu, a dinner at Bennelong will complement your Vivid experience with tastes and scents to match the visual kaleidoscope unfolding before you.
Where to get the best Vivid views at The Rocks
With views over the Quay and arguably Australia’s best tequila and Mexican cuisine, Bar Patron places you right in the midst of Vivid Sydney as you sip a cocktail and devour an authentic Mexican menu. Enjoy breathtaking views of Vivid from your table and then set off into the night and explore the lights.
Located at the upper level of the Overseas Passenger Terminal, Quay Restaurant is one of Sydney’s favourite dining spots for Vivid Sydney. With expansive views over the Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay, this fine dining restaurant is the perfect destination for the Lighting of the Sails at the Opera House at 6pm each evening or a later dinner after exploring the lights and installations. With an extensive menu focused on intimately sourced flavours from local providores, every dish is carefully considered and created. Enjoy Quay’s signature six course menu for $240 and add a wine pairing for $140.
Occupying three levels of the Overseas Passenger Terminal at the Rocks, including the rooftop, Cruise Bar is one of the best spots to enjoy the lights and projections of Vivid. Enjoy Mediterranean dishes with the lights of Vivid surrounding you and a drink from Cruise’s extensive selection of beer, wine and cocktails. Grab a table at Junk Lounge on Wednesday for live music and cocktails as you watch Vivid light up the Quay.
Enter Sydney’s Shangri La Hotel and take the elevator to the 36th floor for sky high dining and drinks at Altitude restaurant. Its expansive 270-degree views through floor to ceiling glass windows over our - from the Sydney Harbour Bridge, across Circular Quay to the Sydney Opera House - offer unparalleled Vivid viewing.
Blu Bar at Level 36 has arguably the best uninterrupted views of Vivid and has created electrifying cocktails to match the colours of the evening of lights in honour of the Indigenous artworks shown on the Opera House sails.
The Yarrkapla cocktail combines pisco, violette, grapefruit, house-made lemon juice, egg white and rose, and the Martu mixes Tanqueray blackcurrant royale gin with blue orange curacao lime juice.