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The Glenmore lifts us up where we belong - with cold beers on their sunny rooftop

If you’re planning a date night out of the city’s end-of-week hustle and bustle, or a tête-à-tête with a friend, this pub is hard to beat, with its killer views of the harbour and opera house, great atmosphere and design, and music you can comfortably talk over. On this particular Thursday, all the after-work action is packed into the Glenmore’s rooftop bar, where the retractable awning is out, the heaters are up, and a crowd of off-duty suits are cheerfully sinking schooners or tucking into pub grub. The Glenmore’s menu is slavishly on-trend – you’ll find your grilled-cheese kransky (‘The Dog’, $17.50), pulled-pork roll ($17.50 with slaw and fries), and beef short ribs ($20, also with slaw and fries). The two lower levels are where to head for a relaxed atmosphere. Ground level, open to the street, has been given a fitout more in tune with the pub’s original design, apparently – though we’re seeing the same brass lamps, exposed-filament light bulbs and tile accents that are pretty-much everywhere now. Head behind the bar to a tucked-away nook: green-leather booths, dark wood and a view to the city; quiet, private, comfortable. Tell noone. If you’re after cocktails and romance, head upstairs to the tiny Glenmore Lounge: turn-of-the-century design, a creative cocktails list (the Mary Glenmore, $16, blends Ciroc, merlot, tomato, lemon, celery salt, cracked pepper; we’re not touching it, but appreciate the brio). Down the hall are several rooms that, if not hired out for functions, are perfect for those looking to settle in for a long, easy night of conversation.

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By Dee Jefferson   |   Photos by Daniel Boud

Glenmore Hotel details

96 Cumberland St, The Rocks 2000

Telephone 02 9247 4794

Price per person including drinks Up to $50

Open Sun-Thu 11am-midnight; Fri, Sat 11am-1am.

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