Sydney Bars - Craft Beer and Breweries

Though you’ll find excellent beer all over the city, there is something special about drinking a beer right from the source, and with a great number of breweries in Sydney, you have plenty of opportunity.

Take a behind the scenes brewery tour, chat with the passionate brewers, discover historic pubs that have been brewing since the 1840s and sample one-of-a-kind beers you won’t find anywhere else.


Don’t know your IPA from your pilsner? Take a tour and learn from the experts. Dave’s Brewery Tours runs half- and full-day tours. Or join a walking tour in The Rocks to learn about the history of Sydney over a beer at some of the country’s oldest pubs.

Woman enjoying a beer at Lord Nelson Brewery in The Rocks, Sydney

Inner West

The Inner West is Sydney’s craft beer heartland with more than a dozen breweries in the area, many within walking distance. Grab a tasting paddle at the no-frills Willie the Boatman, the artsy Young Henrys, dog-friendly Sauce Brewing Co, American-style Batch Brewing Co and the laneway Wayward Brewing.

Friends enjoying beers at Willie The Boatman, St. Peters , Sydney

Northern Beaches

Over the bridge, 4 Pines in Manly runs tours of the brewery every weekday and you can sample the full range at the brewpub upstairs. They also have a truckbar in Brookvale, where you’ll find a great selection of breweries, including Nomad Brewing Co, 7th Day Brewing Co and Dad and Dave’s Brewing Co.

Interior of the 4 Pines Brewing Co. Truck Bar, Brookvale, Sydney

The Rocks  

Head over to the city’s oldest neighbourhood for Sydney’s oldest pub brewery, the Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel, which brews 100% natural beer with no added sugars, preservatives or additives. Nearby, the Endeavour Tap Rooms has a small brewery on-site and eight rotating taps.

The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel, Australia's oldest brewery hotel located in The Rocks, Sydney


If you’d prefer to just drop in for a drink, many of the city’s pubs and bars have a good selection of craft on tap or in bottles. Try the Keg & Brew in Surry Hills, Harts Pub in The Rocks, Bitter Phew and the Local Taphouse in Darlinghurst, or the Noble Hops in Redfern.

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