Pool Club at Ivy
Level 4, 320 George Street, Sydney, New South Wales , 2000, Australia
Tel: +61 (0)2 9240 3000
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Mon 4pm-late, Tue-Fri noon-late, Sat 4pm-late
Door: Make reservation
Style: Rooftop bar
Recommended for: Alfresco
Price guide: High-end
Food: Plates & dishes
No rundown on Sydney bars would be complete without a mention of Ivy, the biggest, brashest and blingiest offering from the ubiquitous Merivale Group.
A behemoth of bars and clubs, with no fewer than fourteen individually branded drinking or dining venues set amid and above designer retail, the project is not short on ambition.
For the full Sydney-goes-Miami experience, pass the bouncers on the street, turn left, chat up the skilled door police and grab a lift to the Pool Club, a gorgeous roof terrace space centered around the eponymous pool. Loungers, soft cushioned day beds, cabanas, tall palms, wickerwork and aquatically themed videos on sail-like screens set the scene, although the pool itself is disappointingly small.
Well-muscled bartenders in pastel T-shirts (and, no, boys and girls, this is not a gay club) knock out Tiki crowd-pleasers, fruity things and plastic glasses of champagne to a sometimes self-consciously style-conscious crowd, but can make the good stuff, too.