I just recently had a chance to check out the Ivy Bar and Lounge to really find out what the fuss is all about. The Ivy Bar is easily one of the best rooftop bars in Sydney, although the day/night experiences can be somewhat inconsistent. The ambience is definitely stylish, and having come here at various times, this establishment can be a little hit and miss, and to many people they are either fans of 'The Ivy' or somewhat unimpressed by this establishment, which may be considered 'overrated' by some Sydneysiders.
Head here on a Monday or a Tuesday night and the place is practically empty. Otherwise if you want to treat yourself to something chic and rather funky, then it is advisable to come and leave the Ivy before 7pm on a Friday before this place is packed out with people who have just had a gym workout and want to get drunk together - nice one.
The pool club is quite exclusive, and you need to be a celebrity, filthy rich or selectively chosen by management to become a part of this private club. Otherwise all I have to say about The Ivy Lounge is quite positive, and it would be quite understandable that this establishment would receive mixed reviews. Their cocktails can be a bit on the pricey end, yet you are paying for the environment. Also you might be paying for the creativity. I won't go much into the cocktail offering, however you will be in for a pleasant surprise and I would hate the ruin this (pleasant) surprise for you when the time comes to have your Ivy cocktail experience.
The ambient dining area with waterfalls and chic seating and style makes the 'Ivy' experience worth it. The location is perfect, especially if you want to get yourself home as conveniently as possible by the end of the day, and if you wish to take a break from nearby Circular Quay.
Stylish bars are what the city of Sydney is about, and the Ivy makes Sydney proud when it comes to feeling opulent. Not really the type of establishment (in my eyes anyway) that I would come to with a partner, but rather with a small group of close friends. The food is worth it. It is more than okay to pay $15 for a tasty beef burger with chips. You need to be selective on the time of day you come here (again, a Tuesday night is best, considering that many of you will have three days to grind through work afterwards, so be careful) or otherwise encourage your employer (or client) to take you out for Friday night drinks here, as this is when the Ivy ambience can be crazy and electric.