Boasting a wonderful selection of bars and pubs, Balmain is a great place to enjoy a night out. From trendy upscale cocktail bars and hip craft breweries to places that serve as the hub of the community, the venues are wide and varied. Some of the best pubs in Balmain are located in historic buildings, while others feature rooftops with magnificent views. You will also find ones that span multiple levels, as well as compact shoebox-sized establishments, tucked away in hidden laneways.
Modern and family-friendly, The Native Rose Hotel is an inner west pub in Rozelle, which is well known for its excellent range of tap beers. It runs regular live music and popular open-mike nights, while its cool beer garden is a great place to enjoy a relaxed meal of delicious pub grub.
68 Victoria Rd, Rozelle
The Welcome Hotel has been a stalwart on Evans Street in Rozelle since the 1890s. Championing an excellent wine list and a great selection of craft beers, this stylish pub also has a fabulous beer garden where you can enjoy their exciting menu of gourmet and traditional pub grub meals.
91 Evans St, Rozelle
A chic pub and bistro in Rozelle that has been delighting locals since 1876, The Sackville Hotel prides itself on serving up some of the best pub cuisines in the peninsula. A dog-friendly hotel, it also boasts an extensive range of beers, wines, cocktails, and spirits for patrons to enjoy.
599 Darling St, Rozelle
Named after the famous Scottish Patriot who was immortalized by Mel Gibson in the film Braveheart, The Sir William Wallace Hotel is a very historically significant pub. Based within a Victorian-era building, it boasts a feature mural of the actor, as well as a signed poster of the film.
31 Cameron St, Balmain
Once owned by Dawn Fraser, The Riverview Hotel is another of Balmain’s historic pubs. Opened in 1880, this stunning gastropub is loved for its rooftop courtyard in the summer and open fire in the winter. It has a good number of craft beers on tap and serves hearty pub food.
29 Birchgrove Rd, Balmain
Established 1857, The Dry Dock Hotel is the oldest licensed hotel in Balmain. Situated in Cameron Street, this historic heritage-listed pub is loved by locals for its hearty pub food, as well as its superb wines, live music, great atmosphere, and very comfortable room accommodation.
22 Cameron St, Balmain
One of Balmain’s best-known pubs, The Royal Oak is all about the food! Boasting a vibrant open plan kitchen and a number of dining areas, this is a popular destination for foodies and the weekend brunch crowd – offering up a great range of classic and gourmet Aussie pub dishes.
36 College St, Balmain
A must for all sports lovers, The Cricketer’s Arms Hotel boasts has more than 10 screens devoted to sport. Home to the famous Balmain Burger Company, the traditional style pub also presents 17 beers and ciders on tap, as well an extensive collection of wines and really delicious food.
255 Darling St, Balmain
Famous as the venue for where the Australian Labour Party was formed, The Unity Hall Hotel is one of the most historic pubs in Australia. Established on its current site in 1875, it houses the iconic workers bar and kitchen, which serves delicious meals, as well as an adjacent bottle shop.
292 Darling St, Balmain
A pub that claims to have something for everyone, the Cat and Fiddle Hotel prides itself on offering an exceptional mix of service, ambience and great food and drink. One of Darling Street’s most popular pubs, it runs a number of themed promotions throughout the week locals just love.
456 Darling St, Balmain
Imperiously located on the corner of Darling Street, The London Hotel was first built in 1857. Known for serving excellent steak and seafood, the Victorian-style hotel and pub is an institution that boasts a classic décor and fabulous balconies which showcase terrific city views.
234 Darling St, Balmain
Showcasing a stunning organic beer garden which ranks as one of the finest in Balmain, Dick’s Hotel is a relaxed, community-spirited venue that offers up a varied wine and cocktail menu. Known for its great atmosphere, the spacious pub also serves delicious, rustic comfort food.
89 Beattie St, Balmain
First opened in 1876, The Bald Rock Hotel has the distinction of being the oldest continuously licensed hotel within the suburbs of Balmain and Rozelle that is still in operation today. Overlooking the magnificent White Bay, this heritage-listed pub hosts live gigs from local bands.
15 Mansfield St, Rozelle
Sitting regally on the corner of Palmer Street and Liverpool Street, the East Village Hotel is a proudly pokie-free establishment. Focusing instead on providing superb food and drinks, great music and happy times to all, it prides itself on being Balmain’s home of craft beer.
82 Darling St, Balmain East