Newtown Hotel

A mainstay of any Sydney University student, the Newtown Hotel is one of the busier joints on King Street. The rooftop bar offers great views of the main strip; accompanied with the $5 happy hour pizza it’s easy to get lost people watching. Oh and they throw in a drag show every Friday night, what’s not to love?

174 King St, Newtown

Carlisle Castle Hotel

The Carlisle Castle Hotel retains all the vintage pub elements of yesteryear; and with business dating back to 1876, there’s a certain vintage appeal. The sun spoilt beer garden is an absolute treat, especially considering there are more than 15 beer taps to choose from and a homely kitchen serving up pub favourites.

19 Albermarle St, Newtown

Botany View Hotel

Shabby chic comes to mind when considering the Botany View Hotel. The story goes that this rustic building was beyond repair. The owners returned it to former glories with the help of local artists to deck out a spacious rooftop bar. There’s a focus on community and good times as this bar is open well past late.

597 King St, Newtown

The Marlborough Hotel

The summer sun seeps through the roomy beer garden at the Marlborough Hotel, a great addition to the playful art deco interior. This Newtown institution has stood since 1860 and remains a favourite today with a stacked schedule including bingo, live music and the food menu curated exclusively by Fat Belly Jack’s – purveyors of fine burgers.

145 King St, Newtown

Coopers Hotel

The bright lights of the sign outside light up this corner of King Street; welcoming all to this inclusive spot. The rooftop terrace delights no end with natural sunshine, whether as the interior offers limitless fun with LGBTQ+ nights including ‘gender bender’ bingo; live music and a hearty menu of pub grub.

221 King St, Newtown

The Bank Hotel

The beer garden with a retractable roof alone makes the always popular Bank Hotel a destination for anyone looking for liquid refreshment. Newton locals drive the entertainment schedule with a wide variety on show, all washed down with cocktails and craft beer with a side of folded pizza.

324 King St, Newtown

Kelly’s on King

It’s hard to believe this beautiful architecture was once home to a McDonald’s restaurant. Thankfully, however, Kelly’s on King Hotel has been serving up Irish-Australian nightlife culture since 1999. Live music accompanies this small and dark bar, with a varied schedule playing out rock, pop and everything in-between.

285 King St, Newtown

Town Hall Hotel

A typical hotel boozer with great atmosphere and the original hospitality carpets, the Town Hall (or Townie for locals) boasts live music at least four days a week. This edgy bar serves up bistro grub suited to any traditional Australian pub; having consciously avoided regeneration. Instead, enjoy an authentic drinking experience with a focus on the moment.

326 King St, Newtown

Courthouse Hotel

Touted with having one of Sydney’s best beer gardens, the Courthouse Hotel is a perfect spot to gather with friends. Whether you’re watching back-to-back sports, dropping coins into the arcade machines, or eating off the grill – this somewhat refined Australian pub offers the simple pleasures of beers and good times.

202 Australia St, Newtown

Royal Oak Hotel

28 Bay St, Double Bay

The Royal George

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

Angel Hotel

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

The Occidental Hotel

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

Union Hotel

With over 20 rotating taps dedicated to craft beer and several bottles imported from overseas, it’s easy to see why the Union Hotel is ever popular and a haven for beer heads. Yet it’s not just for hop fans, between the mood-lit interior, seared salmon and billiard tables, there’s something for everyone here.

576 King St, Newtown

Hotel Steyne Manly

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

New Brighton Hotel

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

Ivanhoe Hotel

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

Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel

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

East Sydney Hotel

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

Frisco Hotel

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 Hotel

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

Tilbury Hotel 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

The Old Fitzroy Hotel

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

Hotel Palisade

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

Mercantile Hotel

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

Lord Nelson Hotel

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

Australian Hotel

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

Fortune of War Hotel

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

Orient Hotel

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

Evening Star Hotel

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

Strawberry Hills Hotel

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

El Loco

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

The Native Rose Hotel

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

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

Sackville Hotel

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

Sir William Wallace Hotel

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

The Riverview Hotel

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

Dry Dock Hotel

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

Royal Oak Hotel

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

Cricketers Arms Hotel

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

Unity Hall Hotel

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

Cat and Fiddle Hotel

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

London Hotel

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

Dick’s Hotel

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

Bald Rock Hotel

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

East Village Hotel

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

Glenmore Hotel

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

Harts Pub

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

Imperial Hotel

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.

Watsons Bay Hotel

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.

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