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The Sydney pub scene

Some of Sydney's most popular pubs are by the harbour or by the beach, and many are heritage-listed. Check out The Tilbury Hotel at Woolloomooloo, The Welcome Hotel at Rozelle, The Carlisle Castle in Newtown and , The Shakespeare in Surry Hills.

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Best Sydney pubs

Durty Nelly's Pub in Paddington. Image James Morgan

Sydney's thriving pub scene includes many beautifully restored heritage pubs and boutique venues with live music. The city's mild climate is just right for making the most of their balconies, roof terraces and courtyards with cold beer on tap or a glass of local wine and a delicious meal.

The Rocks is the perfect starting point for a heritage pub tour. The Fortune of War, The Hero of  Waterloo, The Lord Nelson and the Orient Hotel all date back to Sydney's colonial days and serve great pub food and drinks in a lively atmosphere. Also in The Rocks, The Glenmore and The Australian have great pub grub and a welcoming ambience. Check out the Glenmore's rooftop garden for spectacular harbour views. In the city centre, the ArtHouse Hotel is a former School of Arts dating back to 1836.

Harbourside, Balmain was once a working-class suburb with many pubs whose names reflected Australia's colonial heritage: Cricketer's Arms Hotel (now The Monkey Bar), Dry Dock Hotel, Forth & Clyde Hotel, Kent Hotel and Shipwright's Arms Hotel, to name a few. Today, many of these pubs mix historical charm with up-market modern Australian menus. Don't miss the Royal Oak and the London, or relax on the upstairs balcony at the Town Hall and watch the buzz of Darling Street below. Enjoy the funky atmosphere and great bar food at the Three Weeds in Rozelle.

In Paddington, head to the Lord Dudley to enjoy a traditional English country pub atmosphere or to the popular Four in Hand. One of Sydney's well known pubs with a view is the Woolwich Pier Hotel, where you can take in scenic Sydney Harbour from the upstairs balcony. The stylish Beresford Hotel in Darlinghurst offers great food at reasonable prices.

Manly Wharf

Manly wharf at Manly Cove. Image Andrew Gregory

You don't have to go far to enjoy some of Australia's best pub-with-a-view dining experiences – just head to the wharf at Manly. If you're looking for laid-back outdoor dining, check out Hugos Manly for a modern take on classic pizzas. Combine beer by the stein with pretzels at the Bavarian Bier Café, or chill on the waterfront deck at the Manly Wharf Hotel. And don't miss the 4 Pines microbrewery just across the road.

Harbour View Hotel in The Rocks.
The Harbour View Hotel

There's much more to this heritage-listed Art Deco hotel than the stunning harbour views. Take in all the bustle of the harbour and watch those who undertake BridgeClimb Sydney while you enjoy a glass of wine and a hearty modern Australian lunch or dinner in the bar.

Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel. Image Tony Yeates
Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel

Live music, delicious seasonal menus and amazing harbour views – this heritage hotel in Woolloomooloo has it all. Treat yourself with a sundowner on the balcony after a walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens nearby.

Watsons bay Beach Club at the Watsons Bay Hotel
Watsons Bay Hotel

A Sunday barbecue lunch at Watsons Beach Club is a Sydney must on a glorious sunny day. Catch the ferry from Circular Quay, and take in the city and beach views from one of the best beer gardens in the world.

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