The best breweries in Sydney highlight independently brewed beers that stand out against the big names with flavours, food, and great vibes. Few things in life are sweeter than enjoying a schooner from the very spot it’s made, knowing your hard-earned money is going straight back into the pockets of the local economy and brewers. However, with countless spots popping up around Sydney, you’re not short of options when it comes to indulging in some beer straight from the source.
Whether you’re a self-proclaimed beer expert, an avid drinker, or just looking for something fun to do, beer-fanatic Ben McKimm and our team of editors have selected their favourite watering holes below.
Table of Contents
- Where to find the best breweries in Sydney
- Breweries near Sydney CBD
- 1. Young Henrys
- 2. The Grifter Brewing Co.
- 3. Yulli’s Brews
- 4. Philter Brewing
- 5. Willie the Boatman
- 6. Batch Brewing Company
- 7. Wildflower Brewing & Blending
- 8. Wayward Brewing Co.
- 9. Sauce Brewing Co
- 10. The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel
- 11. Sydney Brewery, Surry Hills
- 12. Staves Brewery
- 13. The Bob Hawke Beer & Leisure Centre
- 14. One Drop Brewing Co
- 15. Mixtape Brewing & Bar
- 16. Atomic Brewery
- 17. Flamin Galah Brewing Co, Chippendale
- Breweries on Sydney’s Northern Beaches
- Breweries Outside Sydney CBD
- 25. Riverside Brewing Company, North Rocks
- 26. Ekim Brewing, Mt Colah
- 27. Akasha Brewing, Five Dock
- 28. Slow Lane Brewing, Botany
- 29. 2 Halfs Brewing & Distilling, Alexandria
- 30. Bracket Brewing, Alexandria
- 31. Shark Island Brewing Company, Kirrawee
- 32. Mountain Culture Beer Co, Katoomba
- Places to Go For a Drink in Sydney
- Food to Eat in Sydney
- Meat-Free Places to Eat
- If You’re Planning a Visit to Sydney
Where to find the best breweries in Sydney
There are two main beer scenes in Sydney, so we’ve arranged our list of favourites by area. If you’re visiting from out of town, we recommend checking out the beer scene on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Catch the ferry from Circular Quay and start beer hopping from there.
If you’re a Sydney local, we recommend checking out the best breweries near Sydney CBD. Catch the train to Central Station, jump on a bus/Uber, and work your way around the best craft breweries around Marrickville. If you’ve tried them all, there’s an emerging craft beer scene on the outskirts of Sydney CBD, including Mount Colah and Five Dock.
We’ve included our favourites below. As always, if you have a beer tip, do let us know!
Breweries near Sydney CBD
1. Young Henrys
Young Henrys offers its own brews straight from the tap and is one of the best spots to sample some craft beer in Sydney. The embodiment of Newtown in a glass, we love the rock’n’roll vibe. Patrons can sit and look directly at the brewing process happening right before their eyes, or take one of their famous brewery tours via the reservation link here. While they don’t have a kitchen, food is taken care of by food trucks which can be monitored via their Facebook.
Address: 76 Wilford St, Newtown NSW 2042
Hours: Mon-Sun 12-7pm
Phone: (02) 9519 0048
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2. The Grifter Brewing Co.
If you’re looking to catch any of the Man of Many team on a Friday night, there’s a good chance we’ll be hanging out at The Grifter in Marrickville. The brewery serves up a range of favourites on tap (including the famous watermelon beer) and you can even walk away with a squealer or two if you’re interested. The atmosphere is excellent, the tables are clean, there’s a pool table, it’s dog friendly, and the list goes on. Stay on the lookout for food trucks – our favourite being the classic Ricos Tacos that are around from 5 pm Fridays, and 12pm Saturdays & Sundays.
Address: 1/391-397 Enmore Rd, Marrickville NSW 2204
Hours: Wed-Fri 4-10pm, Sat-Sun 12-10pm
Phone: (02) 9550 5742
3. Yulli’s Brews
Yulli’s Brews is a favourite of ours for a good old-fashioned Sunday Session. Take your pick of any one of their beers and be satisfied, or line up your visit with their weekly rotating lineup of music acts, including Jazz on Thursdays, Canned Heat on Fridays, and our favourite ‘Dusty Sundays’ on the weekend. This is one of our favourite breweries in Sydney for food with tasty, honest, and affordable grub focusing on Vietnamese with a bit of true blue Aussie thrown in the mix too.
Address: 75A Burrows Rd, Alexandria NSW 2015
Hours: Wed-Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 12-10pm
Phone: (02) 9519 0161
4. Philter Brewing
These guys have come a long way since they started brewing beers in a Marrickville backyard. Located in an unassuming brick building in the heartland of Sydney’s burgeoning craft beer scene, Philter Brewing houses a bar, and an in-house restaurant serving up all your favourite pub-style meals. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, head upstairs and you will find Marrickville Springs – a resort-style rooftop bar that makes our list of the best in Sydney. In terms of recommendations, we can’t go past the staple Philter XPA.
Address: 92-98 Sydenham Rd, Marrickville NSW 2204
Hours: Wed-Thur 5-10pm, Fri-Sat 12-11pm, Sun 12-6pm
Phone: (02) 9199 9655
5. Willie the Boatman
At Willie the Boatman it’s all about beer with character. Just like its name, derived from the legend of a convict boatman, the brews all have a story of their own. The nautical-themed bar offers a boatload of atmosphere for sampling beers named after real people, including briny pale ales, XPAs, IPAs, dark ales and even a beer named after Albo. Stay up to date with all Willie the Boatman happenings via their Instagram right here. Eat before you arrive as there are only nibbles on site.
Located in: Precinct 75
Address: Precinct 75 Suite 601, 75 Mary St, St Peters NSW 2044
Hours: Wed-Fri 12-9pm, Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 12-7pm
Phone: (02) 8556 7528
6. Batch Brewing Company
Batch Brewing Company now houses three top-tier establishments around Sydney, but our focus will be on their humble beginnings in Marrickville (home to beer in Sydney). You’ll find this beer in many of Sydney’s top restaurants and bars but going to the brewery and drinking from the tap offers so much more. The core range includes American pales ales and IPAs but it constantly rotates to the latest tastiest batches. Food trucks can be found on-site (typically Thursday to Sunday) so you can grab a bite to eat with your beer.
Address: 44 Sydenham Rd, Marrickville NSW 2204
Hours: Mon-Sun 10am-8pm
Phone: (02) 9550 5432
7. Wildflower Brewing & Blending
We went looking for Sydney’s most unique brewery and we think we found it with Wildflower. These boys and girls collate a mix of wild yeast, brewer’s yeast and foraged bacteria from New South Wales to give their brews a truly localised flavour. The Australian wild ales are ever-changing, so there is always something new to try with this unique little microbrewery. In terms of food, check out the brand’s Facebook as food trucks frequent the venue.
Address: 11-13 Brompton St, Marrickville NSW 2204
Hours: Fri-Sun 12-8pm
8. Wayward Brewing Co.
This craft beer Sydney brewery is, ironically enough, set up in an old winery. Wayward Brewing Co started brewing all over the place but settled in its current home back in 2015. Its core lineup includes all the classics from a top-tier brewery in Sydney, try IPAs and red ale, lager, sour ale, and Keller bier alongside a scrumptious range of seasonal beers. Keep your eye on their Facebook page for food specials but you can tuck into classic smash burgers and spring rolls onsite if you’re peckish.
Address: 1 Gehrig Ln, Camperdown NSW 2050
Hours: Mon-Wed 4-10pm, Thur-Sat 12-10pm, Sun 12-8pm
Phone: (02) 7903 2445
9. Sauce Brewing Co
Another one that serves the Man of Many teams a few memories after a typically rowdy Christmas Party, this Sydney microbrewery has everything you’d want in new craft beers. Located in Sydney’s inner west, this saucy brew offers a range of ales and lagers, our favourite of which remains Hop Sauce – the flagship pale ale with hints of tropical and stone fruits – perfect for summer in our books. You’ll also find an ever-changing array of IPAs, sours and darks, alongside a quality selection of food that ranges from chicken wings to salads and burgers.
Address: 1a Mitchell St, Marrickville NSW 2204
Hours: Wed-Thur 4-9pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-10pm, Sun 11:30am-9pm
Phone: (02) 9145 8288
10. The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel
Housed in a beautiful 19th-century building, Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel is one of the longest-running pub breweries in Sydney. On your average day, you’ll find six on-site brews on offer with summer ales, bitters and even a caramel-infused English ale. We love the old English pub style, but it’s the scenic harbour that takes things up a notch. It’s a great venue to check out before walking down the hill to Barangaroo where you can find some of our favourite restaurants.
Address: 19 Kent St, The Rocks NSW 2000
Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 12-10pm
Phone: (02) 9251 4044
11. Sydney Brewery, Surry Hills
Surry Hills Pils, Pyrmont Rye IPA, Lovedale lager, try your own suburb in beer form! Sydney Brewery celebrates all that makes Sydney unique and wonderful. Even the beers are named after its most famous suburbs, each with its own character and uniqueness. The award-winning microbrewery also has your typical pub grub and live music.
Located in: Rydges Sydney Central
Address: 28 Albion St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Hours: Mon-Sat 12pm–12am
Phone: (02) 9289 0028
12. Staves Brewery
Staves Brewery comes from the sheer will of one Englishman, looking to follow his big dreams of opening a proper English brewery and it’s paid off tenfold as the brewery has gone from strength to strength. Offering up a core range of IPAs, pale ales, stout and even a spicy Belgian ale, you’ll be spoilt for choice at one of the best microbreweries Sydney’s got to offer.
Address: 4/8 Grose St, Glebe NSW 2037
Hours: Thur-Fri 4pm-12am, Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 2-6pm
Phone: 0403 841 265
13. The Bob Hawke Beer & Leisure Centre
This is anything but an average brewery. You can expect flowing beers on the top floor, but downstairs is a whole different story, with a front bar, pool room and a Chinese Restaurant. The decor is also something else—the venue is a celebration of Bob Hawke (who co-founded the brand), with plenty of nods to the 80s design trends of his heyday.
Address: 8-12 Sydney St, Marrickville NSW 2204
Hours: Wed 12-11pm, Thur-Fri 12pm-12am, Sat 11am-12am, Sun 11am-10pm
Phone: (02) 9069 5583
14. One Drop Brewing Co
In a light-filled former paper house in Botany, sits One Drop Brewing Co, a brewery that’s about as local as it gets. Along with plenty of refreshing beers, you can also expect to see food trucks and live DJs dropping some funky tunes on most nights. Chilled-out vibes and fruity beers, this place is a tropical oasis like none other, tucked away in the streets of Botany.
Address: 5 Erith St, Botany NSW 2019
Hours: Wed-Thur 12-9pm, Fri-Sat 12-10pm, Sun 12-8pm
15. Mixtape Brewing & Bar
Craft beer, natural wines, whisky and an onsite kitchen—this Marrickville brewery does not take any shortcuts. Mixtape is a brewpub, with 18 taps pouring out all your favourites, including Yulli’s and Frenchies, just to name a few. With dumplings and chicken wings close by to help soak it all up, this warehouse is a much-welcomed addition to the bustling brewery scene in the inner west suburb.
Address: 142A Victoria Rd, Marrickville NSW 2204
Hours: Wed 4-9pm, Thur 12-10pm, Fri-Sat 12-12am, Sun 12-10pm
Phone: 0402 813 035
16. Atomic Brewery
One of our favourite breweries in Sydney for food, you’ll find some of the best burgers at Atomic Brewery in Redfern. We recommend the signature Atomic Burger with beef, caramelised onion, American cheese, lettuce, wagyu sauce and Atomic special sauce all served on a warm and fluffy potato bun. Wash it down with the Atomic Hazy flagship beer. At 4.5% ABV, it’s not too powerful to session when the juicy hop-driven flavours have you coming back for seconds and thirds.
Address: 158 Regent St, Redfern NSW 2016
Hours: Sun-Thur 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-12am
Phone: (02) 8367 5888
17. Flamin Galah Brewing Co, Chippendale
After enjoying two prosperous years at their flagship brewery and food van spot in Jervis Bay, Flamin Galah Brewing Co has brought its award-winning craft beer to Chippendale. Step inside and your eyes are drawn to the polished pink concrete bar with matching vibrant furniture and golden embellishments, it’s clear this isn’t your average brewpub. Perfect for cocktail parties, special events, and large bookings, the venue holds 100 patrons comfortably. Beers are classics with plenty of IPAs and a few German varieties thrown in for good measure. What stands out is the food, with plenty of burgers, but also corn ribs, bolognese arancini, nachos, and a few desserts thrown in for good measure.
Address: 166-170 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008
Hours: Sun-Thur 12-10pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-12am
Phone: (02) 9211 0315
Breweries on Sydney’s Northern Beaches
18. NOMAD Brewing Co, Brookvale
Marrying techniques and styles from around the world with the best Australian native ingredients is a recipe for some of the best craft beer Sydney has ever seen. Nomad Brewing Co offers pacific style pale ales, IPAs, sour ales, spiced beer and more on their 11 taps that are constantly rotating new and exciting tastes.
Address: 5 Sydenham Rd, Brookvale NSW 2100
Hours: Thur 4-10pm, Fri-Sat 12-11pm, Sun 12-6pm
Phone: (02) 9907 4113
19. MODUS Brewing, Mona Vale
After spending months in the USA, and cultivating a deep understanding of the brewing method, Modus Operandi Brewing was born. With Live yeast from the USA, malts and hops from all corners of the globe, this craft brewery is putting the beer first and has scored multiple entries in the GABS Top 50 beers over the years. If you’re looking for a brewery on the Northern Beaches that also serves food, this is our pick of the bunch with everything from Halloumi Fries to Tacos.
Address: 14 Harkeith St, Mona Vale NSW 2103
Hours: Wed-Thur 12-10pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 12-9pm
Phone: (02) 4011 5850
20. 7th Day Brewery, Brookvale
Located in the heart of Brookvale, 7th Day Brewery is a local favourite. Sit amongst the fermentation tanks and drink crisp, cool brews from the head brewer, Mike, and enjoy his innovative, fresh take on brewing. Head next door for authentic Italian food and pizza from Sale Pepe, if you’re in the mood for a feed!
Address: Unit 14/9 Powells Rd, Brookvale NSW 2100
Hours: Wed-Thur 4-10pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 12-8pm
Phone: (02) 9939 4930
21. Bucketty’s Brewing Co, Brookvale
From the Hunter Valley to Brookvale, Bucketty’s Brewing Co. encapsulates the paddock-to-pint ethos as no other brewery does. Joining Brookvale’s rapidly expanding brewery zone, the guys here are all about the beer, without any extra thrills. Expect creative beers, live music and food trucks.
Address: 26 Orchard Rd, Brookvale NSW 2100
Hours: Wed-Thur 3-10pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 12-10pm
Phone: (02) 8350 6622
22. Quakers Hat Brewing, Manly Vale
The father and son team originally home-brewed their beer at Quakers Hat Bay, have turned things up a notch, now serving up thirsty crowds at a boutique brewery in Manly Vale. They brew in small batches, and their main focus is on making excellent beer, which is exactly what you’ll find at Quakers Hat Brewing. Make sure you eat before you arrive as food is few and far between in this industrial business park.
Located in: Manly Grove Business Park
Address: B14/1 Campbell Parade, Manly Vale NSW 2093
Hours: Thur-Fri 5-9pm, Sat 2-9pm
Phone: 0418 408 774
23. Freshwater Brewing Company, Freshwater
A new kid on the block, Freshwater Brewing Company recently opened their taproom and restaurant in Brookvale. The vibes here are chill, but refined, with an immaculate seafood menu to accompany the fresh beers and laid-back atmosphere that defines the Northern beaches. The 120-seat taproom is the perfect way to discover one of the beaches’ most iconic brewers.
Address: 4 Powells Rd, Brookvale NSW 2100
Hours: Wed-Thur 4-11pm, Fri 4pm-12am, Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 12-10pm
24. Dad & Dave’s Brewing, Brookvale
This family-run brewery has one thing in mind, making delicious beer, as per their motto — “We make beer, delicious beer!” They focus on using traditional ingredients of malt, hops, water and yeast, and then combine these with some innovative ingredients and brewing techniques. They always have something fun going on, too, with trivia nights, live music, half-priced burgers and plenty more. Did we mention burgers?! They have some of the best burgers at any brewery in Sydney.
Address: 45 Mitchell Rd, Brookvale NSW 2100
Hours: Thur-Fri 4-10pm, Sat-Sun 12-10pm
Phone: 0452 661 839
Breweries Outside Sydney CBD
25. Riverside Brewing Company, North Rocks
Riverside Brewing Company is dedicated to brewing pure, natural handcrafted beers with a focus on quality, not quantity. A true Aussie beer, the Sixty Nine Summer ale is a proud beer brewed with 100% Australian barley and hops. Their lineup also includes a robust porter, IPA and American Amber. Head to this Sydney brewery where you can sample all the beers fresh at the source.
Address: 3/2 N Rocks Rd, North Parramatta
Hours: Friday – Saturday 2 pm – 10 pm
Phone: (02) 9890 7007
26. Ekim Brewing, Mt Colah
Mount Colah’s very first brewery, Ekim Brewing is bringing some excitement (and good beer) to Northern Sydney. The small, locally-owned craft brewery brew in small batches, unfiltered and unpasteurised, with their selection varying each week. Their cellar door is the definition of no-frills attached, and whilst it may be small, it makes up for it in the quality of beer on offer. Sit-down down tastings are also available as well as takeaway cans & growler fills.
Address: 11/1 Marina Cl, Mount Kuring-gai NSW 2080
Hours: Fri 12-7pm, Sat 12-5pm
Phone: 0427 371 427
27. Akasha Brewing, Five Dock
Akasha Brewing is the inner-west brewery that likes to fly under the radar, and while you may have seen Akasha beers in many pubs and drinking spots, we bet you haven’t been to their brewery (yet). The rustic interior of the Five Dock brewery houses 12 taps of hop-forward, light-bodied styles that are all extremely drinkable.
Address: 10-12 Spencer St, Five Dock NSW 2046
Hours: Wed-Thur 4-9pm, Fri 2-10pm, Sat 12-10pm, Sun 12-7pm
Phone: (02) 9715 7156
28. Slow Lane Brewing, Botany
This husband and wife-owned brewery specialises in modern interpretations of old-world European ales and lagers, which is what makes them stand out from the crowd. They use traditional brewing methods to produce slow-fermented beer and trust us when we say you can taste the difference. The brewery itself is small, and laid-back and makes for the perfect spot to put your feet up and enjoy some Sunday afternoon bevvies.
Address: 30 Byrnes St, Botany NSW 2019
Hours: Thur 4-7pm, Fri-Sat 12-8pm, Sun 12-7pm
Phone: (02) 9121 6279
29. 2 Halfs Brewing & Distilling, Alexandria
Repping the ever-trendy Alexandria is 2 Halfs Brewing & Distilling. The spacious taproom is an old-world European beer lovers’ dream—think Czech pilsners, and Belgian Blondes. They also distil gin, whiskey and Eastern European spirits, and there are delicious, cheesy pizzas made in-house to satisfy the cravings when they inevitably hit, or cheese boards if you’re just feeling peckish.
Address: 2 Stokes Ave, Alexandria NSW 2015
Hours: Thur 1-9pm, Fri-Sat 1-10pm, Sun 12-6pm
Phone: (02) 8068 0915
30. Bracket Brewing, Alexandria
Another Alexandria brewery making waves in the suburb, Bracket Brewing is all about unique beers you won’t find anywhere else, with a constantly evolving rotation, so you will never get bored. You can expect to try varying styles of IPA and blonde lagers, to name a few. The space is kitsch and charming, and you can order Uber Eats when you get hungry.
Address: 21 McCauley St, Alexandria NSW 2015
Hours: Mon 12-7pm, Thur 3-10pm, Fri-Sat 12-10pm, Sun 12-8pm
Phone: (02) 8068 4851
31. Shark Island Brewing Company, Kirrawee
When a bunch of high schoolmates put their heads together over a few beers magic can happen. Example A: Shark Island Brewing Company in Kirrawee. Brewers James Peebles (Hopping Mad in Orange, and Balmain Brewery) and Dion Dickinson kicked off the business that’s evolved into one of South Sydney’s best breweries. Head into their brew house and grab yourself a tasting paddle of classics, the lager, Australia ale, Grumpy Brewer IPA, and Choc-mint Stout are all standouts. Food-wise, you’ll want to wrap your hands around one of the burgers from the Burger Head food truck.
Address: 29-33 Waratah St, Kirrawee NSW 2232
Hours: Fri 12-9pm, Sat 12-8pm, Sun 12-7pm
Phone: (02) 9545 1914
32. Mountain Culture Beer Co, Katoomba
After winning the award for ‘best craft beer in Australia’ in the GABS Hottest 100 for 2023, Mountain Culture isn’t taking its foot off the gas pedal. Saving the best for the back half of this list, Mountain Culture Beer Co in Katoomba has been named the best brewery in NSW, according to the good folks at Beer Cartel who surveyed over 14,000 participants. All we know is that their OG Burger will go down as one of the best burgers at any brewery on our list, not to mention their legendary Pale Ale. If you’re heading into the Blue Mountains, this is a must-visit venue as far as we’re concerned.
Address: 23-25 Parke St, Katoomba NSW 2780
Hours: Mon-Wed 11am-6pm, Thur-Sat 11am-9pm, Sun 11am-8pm
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Frequently asked questions for breweries in Sydney
Yulli's is great for food with a Vietnamese-inspired menu, otherwise Hawkes has a full Chinese restaurant. If you're looking for burgers you can't go past Dad & Dave's Brewing.
Yulli's Brews, Nomad Brewing Co, and Sauce Brewing Co have some of the best craft beers on tap in Sydney.
Marrickville is a melting pot of the best breweries in Sydney, home to the likes of The Grifter, Sauce Brewing, and Philter.
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