Sydney's Opera Bar at Circular Quay is one of my favourite bars in the world. Where else can you watch the hustle and bustle of ferries passing back and forth in Sydney Harbour and take in the amazing sites of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House?
Whoever thought to put a bar at the site of the Opera Bar should be a serious contender for the award of the 'Best Beer Garden in the World'.
There are plenty of outdoor tables and seating options in the forecourt, with the outdoor bar providing easy access to all the service that you need. A great feature is the cushions along the actual wall - if you were any closer to the water, you'd be in the water.
Opera Bar serves food all day long, and their menu is pretty good with a variety of options suitable for any time of day. The food is modern, with a selection of mains including pizza, salads, pasta and various options from the grill. If you're in the mood to share, there are tapas-style tasting plates and other sharing options such as Chilli Salt Squid, Bruschetta, Yam Crisps, Sydney Rock Oysters and Prawn Popcorn.
Amongst the options, my recommendations include the Prawn Popcorn because they are totally moreish, the Spicy Lamb Quesadilla is great for sharing (though the last time I 'shared' I actually ate three-quarters of it), and the Meze Plate will have something for all tastebuds.
Most evenings and weekend afternoons, the harbour will have to compete with the live music for your attention. With great regular acts ranging from jazz, singer/songwriters, a bit of reggae, soul or maybe a bit of funk. The acts are varied – but they are all good. You can check out what's on at the Opera Bar on their website. If you like what you hear, you can enjoy the music in the comfort of your own home by listening to their compilation CDs.