The Rocks is the oldest party of Sydney, and for the most part its bars serve as a reminder of that. Climb down some narrow sandstone steps and find yourself in a courtyard that serves great drinks with a relaxed atmosphere. Then you've got the newer parts, like the Bar At The End Of The Wharf (one of Sydney's best kept open-secrets) that looks out over the harbour bridge and serves craft beer on all of their taps. This place looks amazing and you feel like you're one of the Cool Few Who Know when you go there. The Glenmore's also worth mentioning if you're into the Classic Pub deal. It's got a bunch of levels with a rooftop restaurant, great staff and friendly service. The view from the top is great, but you've got to get in early if you want it as it's usually pretty busy. Another pub for good views + cheap eats is the Harbour View. Sport's usually on the screens but it's got a classy vibe nonetheless, and it doesn't try to be anything other than itself. Very unpretentious pub food and beer is what you'll get here, and you'll get them at reasonable prices. The Rocks isn't for everyone, but if you want casual drinks with a bit of a nicer view without going too far then this is the place.