The State Library’s Historic Mitchell Building Is Now Home To A Sparkling New Rooftop Bar • Library Bar

Ria Lawrence Ria Lawrence - Staff Writer


With the sun blazing in all its glory, there’s no better way to spend your summer evenings than on a rooftop bar and luckily for us, Sydney is no stranger to brilliant bars. A brand new rooftop bar in the city has now joined the elite club and it’s not your average watering hole. Primed atop the beautiful Mitchell Building in the State Library of NSW, the bar, fittingly named Library Bar, offers sprawling vistas and great vibes.

Library Bar, State Library of NSW

Open now, the Library Bar offers an old-world library atmosphere along with a cosy and intimate setting to help you unwind the right way. Also on offer — plush cocktail chairs, festoon lights, fine drinks, bar bites and banquette seating. You can also find small bar tables arranged around a baby grand piano which is also played every now and again.

The bar also allows a unique entry through giant 1930s timber arch doors, allowing people to walk through secret corners of the library  before reaching the actual venue.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet spoke about the much-loved venue and how it would be imperative in drawing people to that part of the city.

“The spectacular view from the rooftop of the State Library has been hidden away for far too long and it is only fitting as we open up from the COVID-19 restrictions that this iconic location is celebrated,” he said.


The venue is also divided into three distinctive areas — the observation deck which lets you enjoy all the glittering views of the harbour, the spacious courtyard to soak up balmy summer sunsets and a cosy indoor seating area.

Escape the city bustle and enjoy a moment of relaxation at this modern-meets-historic offering.

Find more information about the Library Bar here.

The Library Bar is now open from Wednesday to Saturday, 4 pm – 10 pm. The bar will be closed from December 25 until January 5, 2022. 

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