The result? The trendiest drinking hole in The Rocks with three levels of eclectic drinking and dining options. There’s the downstairs bar which maintains the old pub feel with the original bar (circa 1920) in the centre of the room. On the second level you’ll find a man cave with Playboy Magazine artwork on the walls and a pool table; a cocktail lounge area with Juliette balconies; and probably the pub’s pièce de résistance: the rooftop bar with stunning views of the harbour.
The grub: The Glenmore offers your standard pub staples, like steaks and burgers but with a modern twist. The Popcorn Chicken $16 is a mouth-watering variation of the KFC summer fling. It’s cooked in a chilli lime batter and makes for a perfect drinking companion. On Mondays, steaks are $12 and come with chips and salad. Consumed with the million dollar Sydney Harbour view, you really are winning.
Behind the bar: Choose your drinks to suit the level you’re on. Middies of Carlton on the ground; fancy cocktails (from $15) on level two; or shared jugs of Fat Yak beer on the rooftop.
Bill please: A meal and a beer will average at around $20. Not bad with that view.
Verdict: Staff are friendly, the food is awesome and the beer is cold. You can’t really go wrong. Oh, and did we mention the view?
96 Cumberland St, The Rocks, Sydney. theglenmore.com.au