3 Lime St, Sydney NSW, Australia
(02) 9299 4770
If a nomadic Saharan caravan set up camp in Darling Harbour, but added some beaded chandeliers, plenty of filigree patterns to the ceiling, back lit the walls, created clever little nooks with screens, and scattered huge leather lounges, cushions and ottomans with 180 degree elevated water views west over Darling Harbor, then you'd have something like Loft.
At twilight, as the awnings peel back, there isn't a better place to be sipping one of the many cocktails (try the Kaffir Southsider) or draught beers on offer. The wine list is impressive too. Tasty tapas-size plates (mushroom and risotto balls) or seafood bites (natural oysters of salt & pepper squid) fill the gap between lunch and dinner. There's even a cocktail master class if you're interested in learning the finer art of this dark art for use at home.
The crowd is mostly professional office types after work, but then a shift change strangely happens later when groups of tottering young girls and their impossibly cool consorts fill the space. DJs play until very late.