Incredible rooftop terraces; beachfront bars with swimming pools; jaw-dropping brunch spots… Sydney’s dining scene is so iconic that it’s known all across the world. But did you know that New South Wales is also home to some of Australia’s coolest dining pods? Check out our favourite pop-up igloos in Sydney for attractive alfresco picks just waiting to fill your Instagram feed.
Situated in the heart of Barangaroo, Smoke is the rooftop bar shaking things up… literally. Head here for cocktails like the Tiki-La which blends cachaça with falernum and passionfruit, or The Vaccine; a heady mix of St Germain, citrus, tonic and prosecco. But it doesn't end there; the team set up stunning igloos in winter, touting cosy blankets and panoramic views.
Pier One Sydney
A Walsh Bay staple, Pier One offers incredible views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, casual dining dishes and signature cocktails like the Sunset Spritz. That’s not all, because the waterside beauty is also fronting private igloos. As the seasons change, you’ll find hot tubs and fur throws in the winter and foliage aplenty come summer.
One for all year round, The Winery is a luscious sun-soaked oasis in the summer, while private igloo dining pods transform the space as the temperature drops. Experience the Surry Hills favourite for yourself come wintertime; along with cured meats, rock oysters and wagyu beef burgers to keep you fed.
You might know this Lime Street hotspot for its huge terrace and brunch parties but Bungalow 8's igloos are just as enticing. As well as winter pods for intimate affairs, the Darling Harbour spot has seen woodland ski chalets and a Bali staycation complete with rope swings, suckling pig and copius amounts of Bintang.
With live DJs each weekend and a menu of tasty American plates, Darling Harbour’s Cargo Bar is a top choice if you want to book an igloo restaurant in Sydney. Popping up in winter, the Instagrammable pods are the perfect pick for a socially-distanced meal for 8 people. Our top tip? Book ahead for the happy hour which promises $6 drinks from 4-6pm between Monday and Friday.
For more fun foodie activities, check out our guide to Sydney’s best bottomless brunches.