Pubs in Sydney

Enjoying a drink in a pub is a quintessentially Australian experience. In Sydney, you can pull up a bar stool in a convict-built pub, join the locals in a sprawling waterside beer garden or listen to live music from right beside the stage. There’s a pub for everyone in the Harbour City. We’ll drink to that.

In The Rocks you’ll find some of the oldest pubs in Australia that have been serving thirsty customers for more than 150 years. Start with the historic Fortune of War (1828), The Lord Nelson (1841) or Hero of Waterloo (1843), admire the views from the roof of the Glenmore Hotel and join late night revellers at The Argyle.

There are many more historic pubs dotted throughout the city. The Woolwich Pier Hotel opened in 1885 and was completely revamped in 2018. The London in Balmain dates back to 1870. Northwest of Sydney on the Hawkesbury River, the 1815 Macquarie Arms Hotel is the oldest in Australia.

Exterior view of the historic London Hotel in Balmain

In Surry Hills, The Dolphin has striking interiors, excellent food, a dedicated wine room and an outpost of famous London cocktail bar Scout. There’s a pub on (almost) every corner in Paddington. Try the lively Paddo Inn, dog-friendly The London, the stylish Village Inn or The Royal with its roof terrace.

Live music fans should head for The Landsdowne in Chippendale where there’s a show on most nights, many of which are free. The Beresford in Surry Hills shows movies on a big screen in the courtyard every Monday night. You can play basketball on the court at Marrickville’s Vic on the Park.

Friends enjoying a glass of wine in The Village Inn

Make the most of the Sydney weather in a beer garden. The Newport on the Northern Beaches has one of the city’s largest, a sprawling multi-level space that’s great for families. At The Oaks in Neutral Bay you’ll sit under a huge 70-year-old oak tree and Newtown’s Courthouse Hotel is always a favourite with locals.

If you like your pubs with a side of water views, Sydney has the spot for you. The Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel and Coogee Pavilion sit just steps from the sand. In the north, the Manly Wharf Hotel looks back towards Sydney Harbour while at The Collaroy you can see the beach from every window.

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