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Metropolitan Hotel

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by Faye (subscribe)
I love travelling and writing, meeting people and experiencing foodie places.
Published February 19th 2016
Fabulous outdoor rooftop terrace dining in historic pub
A short distance from the historic Rocks area in Sydney is the equally historic Metropolitan Hotel which was established in 1834. I have visited this significant hotel many times, climbing the numerous stairs to the third floor with its lovely wood-framed windows to peer out onto the street below, then more stairs to reach the summit of this hotel.

Historic Metropolitan Hotel Sydney
Historic Metropolitan Hotel - Photo by Faye

On my recent staycation in Sydney, two of us visited the Metropolitan as I had heard the hotel had been refurbished in the past couple of years. The familiar olde world charm of the hotel's exterior still exists. Step through the doors, though, and be greeted with a renewed vitality. The floors and stairways had fresh carpet lain. As we ascended to the first floor of the public bar, the banisters of the stairs were a red earthy colour, complementing the colours of the bar area.

Metropolitan Hotel Sydney
Public Bar area - Photo by Faye

Clambering to the next level is a bar with a dining area. The wooden dining tables and the leather dining chairs are more contemporary than what I remembered from previous visits.

Metropolitan Hotel dining and bar
Indoor Dining Area - Photo by Faye

Upwards we went to the third floor and were surprised with a lovely outdoor rooftop terrace with a bar and dining area which is modern and inviting. The terrace has a lovely view over Bridge, George and Grosvenor Streets.

rooftop terrace Metropolitan Sydney
Rooftop terrace - Photo by Faye

We arrived just before lunch and staff were organizing the tables in preparation for the lunch-time crowds. There is an awning that stretches out over this area to shelter patrons from rain. There is also an adjoining indoor area.

rooftop terrace and adjoining indoor Metropolitan Sydney
Adjoining indoor area - Photo by Faye

We chose to sit indoors, one level down, as it was becoming hot on the terrace. We noticed that as the clock struck twelve, many of the city workers arrived and made a beeline for the rooftop. It appears to be a very well-known retreat among the busy cityscape.

rooftop bar Metropolitan
The terrace - Photo by Faye

Other patrons took over the tables indoors. I was surprised how quickly this hotel filled. Our table had a large wood-framed window which overlooked the streets below. The window frames throughout the hotel were also refreshed with a lick of red paint.

Metropolitan Pub
Large windows frame the outdoors - Photo by Faye

After clambering up and down stairways, we were famished. I ordered the Pizza of the Day, "The Gary Lyon", with chorizo sausage, artichokes, onion, roasted potatoes, chilli and a delicious cumin cream ($16.50).

Gary Lyon pizza Metropolitan Sydney
Pizza of the Day - Photo by Faye

My companion ordered the Chicken Schnitzel Burger with bacon, cheese and a mouth-watering chilli slaw, served with chips.

Chicken Schnitzel burger Metropolitan Sydney
Chicken Schnitzel burger - Photo by Faye

We both enjoyed our meals. It was memorable to re-visit the Metropolitan Hotel after its refurbishment and to view this historic hotel with a new modern vibe.
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Why? For good pub grub with an inviting outdoor terrace
When: Mon - Fri 10.30 am - 3.00 am; Sat 11.00 am - 3.00 am; Sun - Closed
Phone: 8243 3600
Where: 1 Bridge St, Sydney NSW
Cost: See website for menu
Your Comment
The Metropolitan is closing so no use sending people there now.
by chery (score: 0|4) 1121 days ago
I spoke to the co-owner the other day and there was no mention of it closing. Are you sure it's the Metropolitan Hotel on corner of Bridge & George Streets?
by Faye (score: 3|1128) 1119 days ago
Seems a nice place to hang around. Especially, loved the old rustic feel & ambience. Food looks yummy :)
by Diana (score: 2|652) 1115 days ago
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