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.