Despite the fact that we are heading into colder months, the inviting atmosphere of a good beer garden is always worth braving the elements for. In Sydney, the 15 Best Beer Gardens have been carefully selected reflecting both reputation amongst other punters, drinks and food selection and just you know…the vibe.
Beer Gardens are an ideal place where you can see the day out in style. Whether you’re with a group of friends, someone special or simply enjoying a drink by yourself these Sydney locations are sensational. With establishments hailing from the burbs as well as some located in the famed CBD, we’ve done the searching so you don’t have.
The venue itself is truly impressive but perhaps the biggest drawcard of the Beresford is the beer garden. For good reason too, the Beer Garden is a tranquil outdoor area where you’re sure to find locals enjoying their lazy summer afternoons over a drink and great food. Guests are welcome to bring their dogs to the courtyard as well. Not far from Oxford Street, The Beresford used to be one of the city’s most well know gay bars, and it has continued to be a favourite place to visit amongst the Sydney LGBTQI community.
354 Bourke Street, Surry Hills, Sydney NSW 2010
Located just a 5-minute drive away from the Sydney CBD in the suburb of Woolloomooloo (can you pick another vowel please?), The Tilbury merges upscale dining with an unpretentious vibe. The coastal décor of the outdoor area gives it a feeling of retreat from the city and makes it a much more chilled out place to grab a drink. Excellent service that ensures patrons are always welcome is another charming element of the Tilbury story.
12-18 Nicholson Street, Woolloomooloo, Sydney NSW 2011
The Oaks Hotel
When you visit the Oaks Hotel for the first time, you may wonder where exactly the pub got its name from. That is until you enter the brilliantly shaded beer garden and stand no doubt mouth agape and the beautiful tree that has stood proudly for decades. The establishment itself has been operating since 1885, attracting a crowd of loyal regulars. A mouth-watering menu along with thirst-quenching drinks on offer, we encourage you to visit at night and view the beautiful tree lit up with fairy lights, showing off its true majesty.
118 Military Road, Neutral Bay, Sydney NSW 2089
This is the place to come to witness the beautiful people of Sydney flaunt their style. Oh yes, the Newport in, well, Newport provides visitors with stunning views of Pittwater. Making this one of the places to go if you’re in the Northern suburbs is perhaps the combination of excellent drinks and food menu, crack team of staff to serve you and a relaxing atmosphere that is meant to emulate the Hamptons. So if you have a Great Gatsby fantasy that needs to be filled, check out The Newport.
2 Kalinya Street, Newport, Sydney NSW 2106
Watson’s Bay Hotel
If visiting the Newport made you feel as though you were in the Hamptons, then coming to the picturesque Watson’s Bay Hotel will give you European Riviera vibes. Situated right on the famed Sydney harbour, the views from the outdoor area are a true splendour for the optics. When it comes to accommodating a splendour for the taste buds, then look no further than one of the many deliciously, refreshing cocktails on offer. We recommend something light like an Aperol Spritz or a Gin and Tonic.
1 Military Road, Watsons Bay, Sydney NSW 2030
The Coogee Bay Hotel
Separating itself from the pack, The Coogee Bay Hotel takes full advantage of their idyllic location. With a massive outdoor area that has been called one of the city’s best place to have a weekend session. You are spoiled for choices as to where you can sit in the famed beer garden with one thing being certain, you are greeted with a beautiful view of the beach that’s right next door. With the outdoor bar serving alcoholic drinks from 8 am on the weekends, this is perhaps the best place for you to indulge in a bit of the hair of the dog that bit you.
9 Vicar Street, Coogee, Sydney NSW 2034
The Sheaf takes the airy and spacious area of the beer garden and somehow turns it into an intimate and chilled out venue. A major drawcard of this place is its continuous effort of providing excellent live music options to guests. The centre of The Sheaf’s live entertainment is the Garden Bar, with many well-known musicians playing at the venue. If that wasn’t enough the drinks menu is adorned with both the classic and some newer craft brew options from local and international brewers. Paired with a delectable menu of bar treats it seemingly has got it all.
429 New South Head Road, Double Bay, Sydney NSW 2043
The Chippo Hotel
This Chippendale bar is known for always being the place to go when looking for a good time in the centre of Sydney. A classic Aussie pub on the surface, The Chippo has a menu featuring gastronomical delights from all corners of the globe. Serving great food as well as an impressive number of cocktails and beers to visitors. Food and booze aside The Chippo seem to always have something going on with nights dedicated to pool comps, schnitzels and trivia.
87-91 Abercrombie Street, Chippendale, Sydney NSW 2008
In the handsomely leafy green suburb of Erskineville, you can find the Erskineville Hotel or the Erko as its known. The major drawcard of this location is the award-winning smokehouse that is smack bang in the middle of the beer garden itself. What this means for visitors is some of the best gourmet treats known to Sydney. Pair this with one of the pubs cool and crisp beers or cocktails and you have yourself a winning combination.
102 Erskineville Road, Erskineville, Sydney NSW 2043
The Courthouse Hotel
An establishment that is usually atop many a list of the best beer gardens in Sydney, we would be remiss to leave out the famous Courthouse Hotel. This pub is the sort of place where you can spend the whole day with friends, swapping stories and sharing laughs and it would seem as though the time just flew by. The Courthouse Hotel is a place where all walks of Sydney life come to enjoy the nice things in life, like a cold drink and the sun on your back.
202 Australia Street, Newtown, Sydney NSW 2042
What’s great about The Henson is its focus on providing exceptional service to everyone. This meaning, that it’s leafy and well maintained outdoor area has an adjoining children’s area where families are encouraged to come and enjoy themselves. The beer garden itself is enormous with plenty of space for people to come to sit back and enjoy the cool tunes being belted out while sipping on a quality craft brew beer.
91 Illawarra Road, Marrickville, Sydney NSW 2204
The Public House Petersham
What’s great about The Public House Petersham is that it has not tried to overdo the outdoor amenities. Instead of this, you are greeted with handsome little pot plants, a cacophony of un-matching stools and seats as well as large Valhalla-esque tables. They specialise in local craft beer when it comes to the drinks department. The Public House Petersham also offers patrons some of the best wood-fired pizza in the city. May the sunny garden greet you with open arms and may it always welcome you back.
292 Stanmore Road, Petersham, Sydney NSW 2049
The Balmain Hotel
Like many of the other entrants on our list, The Balmain Hotel has gone through some changes to better meet the demands of the ever-changing Sydney drinking public. Because of this effort, we recommend you check it out if you are looking to recreate sleepy-surf town vibes from holidays of days gone by. You get the feeling as though you have escaped the city and been transported to a more tranquil and inviting location. We suggest you grab one of the famous cocktails or enjoy something delicious to eat from the menu.
74 Mullens Street, Balmain, Sydney NSW 2041
The Golden Barley Hotel
For nearly 25 years the Golden Barley Hotel has been owned and run by a close-knit group of friends and family. Located in the Inner West, the establishment is a bit of an anomaly taking what is a limited amount of space and making it seem very spacious and yet still intimate. As an added bonus the bar takes pride in the fact that they have continuously supported the local community. It seems only right that that same community supports them as well.
165-169 Edgeware Road, Enmore, Sydney NSW 2042
Strawberry Hills Hotel
In recent times the Strawberry Hills Hotel has gone through a few changes to become a place that attracts a more upscale clientele. Despite this, it has remained true to its humble beginnings with affordable and delicious meals as well as excellent cocktails and ice cold beer. All of this is encouraged to be enjoyed in the beer garden, designed to help patrons escape the hustle and bustle of Sydney. If that wasn’t enough, the bar opens at 9 am daily for those of you who enjoy a morning beverage.
453 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills, Sydney NSW 2010