The Glenmore Hotel, The Rocks

Bars, Drink, Sydney / 1 October 2017

A visit to The Glenmore is a right of passage for all Sydneysiders.

Wine, cheese and the Sydney Harbour skyline, can you think of anything more delightful? The Glenmore Hotel at The Rocks is no secret to Sydneysiders. You’ll discover that in your fight to secure a table on the rooftop. With a money-cant-buy view, let the Opera House join you for a drink while you nibble on antipasto or feast on a quality pub feed.
A ‘fairy-floss coloured’ Sunday sunset in Sydney is perfectly matched with a glass of rosé. To accompany this, we opt for the antipasto plate ($26). The Glenmore’s antipasto comes with a generous serving of pita, teamed with a variety of dips from creamy hummus to a heavier beetroot dip. While the cheese options were limited, the bocconcini complemented the other flavours well. Green olives drenched in oil were flavoursome, while the fresh prosciutto and spicy chorizo made up the meat selection.
Talk to any of the waiters on hand and they’ll quickly recommend the ‘Glenmore Burger’ ($23) as a more substantial main. It’s one of their most popular dishes. While the menu is a tad more difficult to navigate for vegetarians, the ‘Grilled Haloumi Burger’ ($20) served with spinach, roast eggplant, sweet potato and topped with a smoked tomato relish comes as a delicious option.
From a foodies perspective, the burgers were certainly tasty, the gherkins, mustard and tomato chilli jam adding an original zest to the Glenmore’s original cheeseburger. The Angus patty was also cooked perfectly, though proved difficult to finish after the generous grazing platter.
The rest of the menu is quite the same, showcasing the standard Aussie pub food ranging from ‘Parmi’ ($25) to a Black Angus Sirloin ($32).
What takes The Glenmore from a basic Aussie pub to an absolute must visit is the whole ambience, starting from the rooftop. It encompasses all the casual Aussie pub humbleness, while the breathtaking views show off Sydney in a magical way. Whether you want a casual pub-feed or a few drinks with a view while admiring the sunset (the Espresso Martini’s from the Cocktail Lounge on the middle floor are AMAZING!), The Glenmore is a humble but beautiful treasure.
The Glenmore 
96 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, Sydney 2000
(02) 9247 4794
Open Mon – Thurs 11:00am – 12:00am, Fri – Sat 11:00am – 1:00am, Sun 11:00am – 12:00am