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Blu Bar On 36

The Rocks
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Address: 36/176 Cumberland St | Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 2 9250 6000

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Air is palpable with perfume and Iconic drinks made to perfection with mesmerising views. Expect to have a good time.

Reviewed 4 September 2016
Mussoorie, India
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Randwick, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

Situated on the top of the Shangrila la hotel, this is the bar with the best view of Sydney Harbour that there is. A small bar to buy drinks from, you can stand around the bar or at a stool at the window. Or, you put you name down for a table in the next room. This we did and... More 

Thank aroundtheclockfoodie
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Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

Terrible. The cocktails were undrinkable Tables were dirty. Really disappointed!!!! You would expect better from a top hotel in Sydney!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

Took a colleague from the USA here for after work drinks at 6pm. Didn't leave until 12am. Comfortable, amazing views. Amazing drinks menu and even better service. Is not a funky bar per se, but very classy. Will be back!

Thank MrsNelson7
Penrith, Australia
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744 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 195 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2016

Went up here a couple of times during our stay. Very nice bar. Great service and vieWs that are simply sensational. Go !!!

Thank Chris C
Mussoorie, India
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2016

Air is palpable with perfume and Iconic drinks made to perfection with mesmerising views. Expect to have a good time.

Thank Dhvl
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88 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

You can't beat a view on the 36th floor of a building in any part of the world so yes, it's a great view. I wouldn't go there on a date - far too busy, I wouldn't go there for a girls night out - far too expensive and I wouldn't go there for a fancy night out because the... More 

Thank Gabriele M
Geelong, Australia
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4 reviews
Reviewed 25 August 2016

We were keen to have a Brandy Alexander as a special occasion drink in the Blu Bar. Two drinks cost us just under $50 but the drink was not made correctly, no cream, no nutmeg garnish and filled to under two cms from the rim of glass. Most disappointed.

Thank jeh105
Sydney, Australia
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

I've visited the Blu Bar numerous times and a few things are guaranteed; you'll have to wait for a table, pay a high price for drinks, but it's a worthwhile experience. Whether I'm impeccably dressed or looking rather unpresentable (like that time I stopped in after participating in the Colour Run) the service has always been great. Although the drinks... More 

Thank Kelly V
Melbourne, Australia
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119 reviews
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Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

There is nothing like the views. At night time the lights and the harbour were just sensational. The drinks may have been a little expensive but it's worth it to try the view. When we first arrived there were no window seats but as soon as one became available they got us one. Definitely go have a drink after dinner... More 

Thank Pedro_Collins68
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Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

Although the drinks are rather expensive and the service isn't particularly quick I think it's worth checking out just for the view. We just stopped for the one drink and a bowl of chips that was all we needed.

Thank Chris R

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