Enter this mood-lit exposed brick to get that ‘old English’ pub vibe, with true rustic grub including hearty burgers, pan-fried salmon and gloriously loaded fries. The interior boasts vintage leather loungers overlooking décor including a mounted deer head, for that true ‘drinking for drinkers’ experience.
320 George St, Sydney
The Victorian Gothic architecture combined with the dimly-lit interior transports patrons to a time of centuries past. Reading lights accompany tall bookcases befitting a library, lending itself to a mostly domestic wine menu. This rarefied character is paired with an extensive live sports schedule, as the bar regularly shows AFL, NBA and A-League Soccer.
125 Pitt St, Sydney
Down by Wynyard station, the Occidental Hotel offers a cozy home from home whether you’re in one of the two bars or the Fairmont restaurant. The décor lacks pretention, adding to the overall charm as it effortlessly provides an authentic hospitality experience with an extensive food and drink menu.
43 York St, Sydney
The Union Hotel Newtown has been transformed to showcase a world-class back bar and restaurant.
576 King St, Newtown
A Manly institution, the Steyne has been looking after the epicurean and liquid needs of locals and visitors since 1859. Sitting four square on the street it takes its name from, overlooking the perfect sandy sweep of Manly Beach, this is the place for a swanky supper, a mid afternoon fillip or just a cold beer (or wine) for no reason at all! The rooftop restaurant features all the freshest flavours of the nearby ocean, the dusty Outback and everything in between.
75 The Corso, Manly
Art Deco chic meets the surfie swagger of Manly Beach at the New Brighton where four floors of dining and drinking options provide everything from a summer-day session to a late dinner at the end of a perfect evening. Grab a cold one in the Shark Bar, or sip a salubrious cocktail on the Rooftop while you scan a range of menus encompassing a world of flavours from burgers to Barramundi.
71 The Corso, Manly
Bringing a Hamptons-inspired beach vibe to a cool interior behind a heritage facade, the Ivanhoe is a Manly local that has been drawing the crowds for years. Offering indoor and outdoor dining spaces over three floors, the Ivanhoe’s nautical themes are reflected in relaxed kitchenesque corners, a hip sports bar where you are bound to make new friends, and menus catering for every appetite and desire.
27 The Corso, Manly
A comfortable and impressive waterfront hotel located at 2 Bourke Street and within walking distance of iconic landmarks such as the Sydney Art Gallery and Government House. The Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel pride themselves on catering well for their Woolly Bay patrons, from casual drinkers to serious diners (seasonal menus with fabulous seafood) and for anyone with an event to plan.
2 Bourke St, Woolloomooloo
The 1856 Sydney Hotel is located on the corner of Crown St and Cathedral St, and they affectionately call themselves the last country pub in Sydney. They offer accommodation and meals in a beautifully restored interior. An appealing menu covers everything from shared plates to burgers and schnitzels and includes a solid wine collection. Not expensive and no pokies.
Cnr Crown &, Cathedral St, Woolloomooloo
At 46 Dowling St, The Frisco offers accommodation and dining just 5 minutes from the train station and 10 minutes from Sydney CBD. As a traditional navy establishment, it hosted rowdy naval crews who revelled all over the lovely wooden floors. The menu showcases popular seafood and nautical themed dishes. The Frisco has good family accommodation and nice private function rooms.
46 Dowling St, Woolloomooloo
Bells opened in 1922 on 1 Bourke St, Woolloomooloo, and features a sports bar, a rooftop loggia, bar and table dining and funky small workspaces for remote workers. It’s busy and lively place, used by community groups as well as couples, families, and social groups, all week long. They serve hearty family meals and boast the best parma in Sydney.
1 Bourke St, Woolloomooloo
Located at 12-18 Nicholson St, in the heart of Woolloomooloo, the Tilbury Hotel caters for smaller groups with a fresh and contemporary menu. They are currently serving a summer a la carte menu (think “Soy Spatchcock” with Chicken Jus, Yuzu Kosho, Mustard Pickles, Seaweed Rice) as well as a magical (and less expensive) bar menu. Dine comfortably indoors or out.
12-18 Nicholson St, Woolloomooloo
A two story bar and pub theatre on Dowling Street, The old Fitz has dynamic changing monthly menus. They offer no less than 16 beers on tap in a lively and bustling atmosphere, which encompasses live music, theatre, bingo, theatre, and sports nights. You can even (pre)order an entire Burnt Basque Cheesecake for your group to finish off a great night.
129 Dowling St, Woolloomooloo
Entering the bar at the Hotel Palisade is like stepping back in time. A place full of character it features a congenial atmosphere and warm and inviting setting that is supported by an extensive drinks selection and a very good food menu.
35 Bettington St, Millers Point
Founded in 1915, in the vibrant heart of The Rocks, the Mercantile Hotel is Australia’s longest-running Irish pub. Just like the pubs you will find in Dublin, Cork or Galway, it is known for its wonderful food, friendly service and of course for serving Guinness!
25 George St, The Rocks
Proudly enjoying the distinction of being the oldest, continually licensed hotel in Sydney, The stately Lord Nelson Hotel presides imperiously over The Rocks. It boasts no less than six award-winning, signature 100% natural Mainstay ales.
19 Kent St, The Rocks
One of Sydney’s most historic and best-loved pubs, The Australian Heritage Hotel serves up an impressive 130 Aussie made craft beers. Presented in a casual bar and restaurant that is decorated in warm tones, its also known for its great pub food.
Gloucester St, The Rocks
Magnificently named, The Fortune of War is the oldest pub in Sydney, dating back to 1828. Characterised by its cosy wood-accented decor, it is known for its live music scene and serves up terrific bar/bistro food and a good range of beers.
137 George St, The Rocks
Spread across three levels, The Orient Hotel on George Street features a fantastic pub that dates back to the 1840s. As well as charming lounge areas, where you can indulge in both bistro meals and fine dining, there is a delightful courtyard too.
89 George St, The Rocks
One of the oldest hotels in Surry Hills, the Evening Star Hotel first opened in 1873. Now an upscale venue, it offers a fabulous range of food, as well as signature cocktails, wines and beers in a modern, relaxed and stylish setting.
453 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills
Traditionally a classic Aussie pub, the Strawberry Hills Hotel has recently undergone a facelift. Now an old-school bar with a trendy bistro, the venue also boasts a fabulous rooftop courtyard and serves up a terrific range meals.
453 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills
Offering over 100 different types of tequila and mezcal, El Loco is a relaxed, yet vibrant venue. Located in a setting whose decor explodes with colour, it serves up awesome tacos, salads and margaritas and hosts weekend DJ sets.
64 Foveaux St, Surry Hills
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
Presenting one of the most accomplished rooftop terrace bars in Sydney, with exceptional views of Sydney Harbour, The Glenmore Hotel is a venerated pub. Spread across three levels it is known for its innovative cocktail and food menu.
96 Cumberland St, The Rocks
One of the first players on Sydney’s competitive craft beer scene, Harts Pub is an old-style corner pub. Featuring a fabulous courtyard, it celebrates locally-made artisanal beers which are perhaps best served with one of their gourmet burgers.
Essex St and Gloucester St, The Rocks
Since 1983, The Imperial Erskineville has been an icon and an institution of the LGBT+ community. In March 2018 after a much-needed nip and tuck and a deluge of love, this national treasure reopened to showcase her new look and keep the good times going.
Long summers were made for Beach Club, where seaside weekends sail into sunset parties. The sun seems brighter in our beachside playground, good times spill down to the waterfront, and days are filled with tastes, laughter, drinks and friends. With the harbour spread out before you, lazy lunches flow into afternoon cocktails, excellent pub food, then the sun says farewell with a pastel spectacular across the skyline. After dusk, Beach Club’s heartbeat rises as summer sounds and glittering gatherings illuminate the shoreline.
Boasting a balcony bar, sports bar and rooftop beer garden, and serving up a delicious range of cocktails, wines, beers and food, the Aurora Rooftop Hotel has something for everyone. It even has a bottle shop too!
324 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills
Fondly known as ‘The Shakey’ by locals, The Shakespeare Hotel first opened its doors in 1879. Famous throughout Sydney for its fantastic pub food the venue also serves up an impressive range of cocktails, wines, spirits and beers.
200 Devonshire St, Surry Hills
An institution in the suburb, the Surry Hills Hotel has been serving thirsty locals since 1845. Hosting a sports lounge with TAB and Keno facilities, a cocktail bar, lounge bar and a great bistro, its another venue with a bottle shop onsite.
198 Elizabeth St, Sydney
Open 24 hours a day, The Madison Hotel is a sports lovers haven. Set within an exposed-brick pub that also hosts a fantastic upstairs terrace, the venue is decked out with lots of TV screens, as well as pool tables and dart boards.
52 Devonshire St, Surry Hills
Located within a stunning heritage-listed building, Harry’s Hotel offers fantastic service in a relaxed and stylish speakeasy style setting. Known for the outstanding quality of its food, their house cocktails are a show stopper too!
40-44 Wentworth Ave, Surry Hills
Located within a quaint art deco building the Hotel Hollywood is a long-running institution in Surrey Hills. Known for the quality of its craft beers and delicious food, this relaxed, friendly venue also hosts live music and DJs.
2 Foster St, Surry Hills
Priding itself on pouring the perfect pint of Guinness and authentic whiskey from the Emerald Isle, Molly Malone’s Irish Tavern provides patrons with a welcome taste of Ireland. A delightful Irish pub, it’s full of charm and grace.
64 Devonshire St, Surry Hills
Forrester’s has been around in some form since the 1950s. Recently restored, it now boasts a modern and stylish setting that serves up a fantastic range of tap beers and gastropub food with quick and very friendly service.
336 Riley St, Surry Hills
Radiating a homely, old school pub feel, the Royal Albert Hotel is a small pub that is big on craft beers. Offering as many as 12 rotating taps and up to of 70 varieties of cans, they also serve classic pan-Asian pub grub dishes too.
140 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills