Pubs in Sydney

Discover beautifully restored heritage pubs in Sydney. Australia’s oldest pubs are in The Rocks by the sparkling Sydney Harbour, in historic riverside Windsor and in Camden’s sylvan charm. You’ll find colonial and art deco pubs amid the Victorian terraces in inner Sydney and next to lovely beaches.

Savour cool drinks and delicious food in lovely beer gardens, courtyards and on wrought-iron balconies. There are pubs with sweeping rooftop vistas, such as the Royal Hotel in Paddington, the Coogee Pavilion in Coogee, the Glenmore Hotel in The Rocks, and the Hotel Palisade in Millers Point.

Nearby is the colonial gem the Lord Nelson Brewery, Australia’s oldest brew pub which makes ales using only malt, hops, yeast and water. More of The Rocks’ pubs are a stroll away, including the colonial Hero of Waterloo and the 1920s Harbour View Hotel, which is next to the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Bartender pouring drinks at The Tilbury Hotel, Woolloomooloo.

Among the 21 colonial buildings in Thomson Square, Windsor is the 1815-built Macquarie Arms Hotel. An official heritage reports says the inn is ‘the most sophisticated and most intact major commercial building’ in Australia’s pre-1820s colonial history. It was built by a wealthy emancipist.

Another restored colonial pub is the 1839-built George IV Inn at Camden, a charming rural town on the edge of Western Sydney. The inn is home to the boutique Scharer’s Little Brewery. There are lovingly restored heritage pubs, too, in some of the oldest neighbourhoods in the harbour city.

Hotel Palisade, Millers Point

If you’re browsing Paddington’s designer boutiques, rest your heels at the Village Inn, which first opened in 1890. Or take a ferry from Circular Quay to Balmain for the London Hotel, which dates back to 1870. Across the harbour from Balmain is the Woolwich Pier Hotel, established in 1885.

One of the most popular hotels on the Northern Beaches is the Newport, which first opened in 1880. The pretty garden area offers scenic views of the shimmering Pittwater. There are more charming pubs by gorgeous ocean beaches and on the enchanting harbour foreshore, including: