Amongst Sydney locals, Woolloomooloo has long since been recognised as having some of the best bars in the city. Always packed, the wharf area is a thriving hub of activity, with many of the best pubs and bars in Woolloomooloo being located here. Trendy, cool and historic, collectively they serve up an inventive and innovative range of cocktails; as well as a huge selection of craft beers, fine wines and exclusive spirits. Here are some of our favourites destinations we highly recommend.
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