This personal list of ten must visit Sydney pubs includes venues that enhance any visit to Sydney. They are either as destinations in themselves or part of a bigger experience.
After a walk across the Harbour Bridge I like to relax with a refreshing drink and lunch at the Australian Heritage Hotel. Located in The Rocks, it is known for its gourmet pizzas including kangaroo, emu or crocodile.
A mini pub crawl taking in three of the many historic local pubs located in The Rocks is always fun. The Hotel Palisade is good for a refreshing break from sightseeing or a pre-theatre meal, and the rooftop Henry Deane Bar offers great views of the bridge and harbour. Only a stone’s throw away is The Lord Nelson Brewery. Here you can order a great craft beer. Then there is the quaint Hero of Waterloo. The cellar (together with wall shackles) and tunnel entrance (which legend has it was used for rum smuggling) can still be seen. Live music on weekends adds to the atmosphere.
Sydney Pubs with a View
On the 47th floor of Australia square is the revolving O Bar. For the price of a drink (other than beer) you can travel 360 degrees over an hour soaking in the city sites and beyond.
For a different view of the city nothing beats the Sky Terrace, a rooftop bar atop The Star. Stop for a drink before or after visiting the Casino or taking in a show at the Lyric.
After a walk along the popular 6km cliff top coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee stop off at the Coogee Bay Hotel. This hotel boasts numerous bars and a beer garden.
Waterside Sydney Pubs
There are not many places in the world where you can arrive by ferry for a lunch date. I like to take in the sights of Sydney Harbour as my ferry makes its way to the Watsons Bay Hotel. From here views of the harbour and passing boats accompany a glass of white and fresh fish and chips.
Inner city Pubs
In Newtown, I stumbled across Corridor – a food and wine bar. As its name implies this bar is long and narrow with more upstairs. Described as an ‘intimate nook’, it has a great community atmosphere.
And last but not least, my go to local bar before the theatre or weekend jazz at the Seymour Centre is The Rose in Chippendale. The beer garden has a lovely feel to it.
So there you have it. My top ten. I hope you enjoy exploring my great city and dropping in at these watering holes as much as I do.
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