Scour through this comprehensive list of the best pubs in Sydney to find the next spot for your arvo bevvy. There’s nothing better than a cheeky brew and a decent chicken parmi on a hot Summer’s day, so it’s worth getting your act together. Whether you’re after the nearest watering hole or you prefer to tuck into the best pub food Sydney has to offer, we’ve got you covered.
Everyone loves pubs for their laid back atmosphere, affordably priced drinks and the convenient round-the-corner locations. And the best thing is that any time can be pub time – lunchtime on a Friday (or hell a Monday), Tuesday evening for trivia, Saturday arvo bevvies with your mates or a Sunday sesh.
When it comes to finding the best pubs in Sydney, the harbour city has a lot to offer. Regardless of if you just visit your local or need to find a new brewhouse – here’s a list of the 30 best pubs in Sydney that’ll have you fully for your next wind-down beverage.
1. Harts Pub
Ideally located in the heart of the rocks, this heritage-listed establishment offers some of the best pub food Sydney has on offer. The chicken wings at Harts Pub are well-renowned across the city, as is their friendly staff and superior selection of hand-crafted beers.
Address: Cnr Essex and Gloucester Street, The Rocks NSW 2000
Phone: +61 2 9251 6030
Hours: Mon-Wed 11:30am-11pm, Thu-Sat 11:30am-11:45pm, Sun 11:30am-10pm
2. Beer DeLuxe
The name of this pub is pretty self-explanatory – enjoy a beer in a deluxe setting. Beer Deluxe proudly claim that everything they do, they do for beer. Head to one of Sydney’s best pubs at King Street Wharf for some incredible live music, over 150 international craft beers, alfresco dining and stunning harbour views.
Address: 9 Lime Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: +61 2 8322 2020
Hours: Mon-Thu 11am-11:30pm, Fri-Sat 11am-1:30am, Sun 11am-10:30pm
3. Edinburgh Castle Hotel
The Edinburgh Castle Hotel has been filling Sydney bellies since 1885. Paying tribute to its rich history – it was once known as Henry Lawson’s chosen writing nook – while also being a pioneer in the Sydney pub scene, ‘The Eddy’ offers everything you love in a Sydney CBD pub.
Address: 294 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: +61 2 9264 8616
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-2am, Sat 12pm-2am, Sun 12pm-10pm
4. The Imperial Hotel
The go-to LGBTQIA+ pub in Sydney has had a facelift and is back, more raucous than ever. The Imperial Hotel Erskineville has been a Sydney icon and institution since 1983. They invite you to drink and dine at the ground floor restaurant, Priscillas, drag and dance at the weekend disco in the Basement and divulge your senses in Italian food, convivial cocktails and views at their new rooftop.
Address: 35 Erskineville Road, Erskineville NSW 2043
Phone: +61 2 9516 1766
Hours: Mon-Thu 4pm-12am, Fri-Sat 11:30am-3am, Sun 11:30am-12am
5. The Courthouse Hotel
Newtown is well known for its decent offering of food, beers and good times. The Courthouse Hotel is a staple for locals on account of its leafy courtyard, great selection of beers and food and friendly staff. The Courty is the ideal spot for a Saturday afternoon beer with your mates.
Address: 202 Australia Street, Newtown NSW 2042
Phone: 02 9360 4831
Hours: 7 days a week, ’til late
6. The Duke of Clarence
Immerse yourself in this 18th Century inspired London tavern with cocktails, cask ales and distinctly British eats. The Victorian-era tavern, The Duke of Clarence provides a characteristically British experience from the heart of Sydney, easily making it one of the best pubs in Sydney.
Address: Laneway, 152-156 Clarence Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: +61 2 8999 3850
Hours: Mon-Tue 12pm-12am, Wed 12pm-1am, Thu-Sat 12pm-2am
7. The Lord Dudley
As one of the most loved old English pubs in the city – The Lord Dudley has a loyal following of local clientele for a reason. Great beers, varied and delicious dining options, friendly staff, fireplaces, board games and an ambient garden restaurant are just the start of the many drawcards of this fine establishment.
Address: 236 Jersey Roard, Woollahra NSW 2025
Phone: +61 2 9327 5399
Hours: Mon-Wed 11am-11pm, Thu-Sat 11am-12am, Sun 12pm-10pm
8. Dove and Olive
If you’re at Central Train Station, don’t bother Googling pubs near me, just head straight to the Dove and Olive around the corner. They have a comprehensively delicious American-inspired menu (claiming the best pub food in Sydney) to add to an ambient setting for a drink or five.
Address: 156 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Phone: +61 2 9699 6001
Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-12am, Sun 11am-11pm
9. Public House Petersham
With a lovely outdoor beer garden, pool table, and to-die-for handmade pizzas, Public House Petersham should be your Inner West go-to. They also have a range of house-made seasonal food with vegan and veggo options and rotating craft beers that always keep the belly happy.
Address: 292 Stanmore Road, Petersham NSW 2049
Phone: +61 2 9568 3703
Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-12am, Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 12pm-10pm
10. The Welcome Hotel
Rozelle has become a hotbed of trendy bars, cafes and restaurants and lays claim to one of the best pubs in Sydney. If you’re after a laid-back vibe with Italian cuisine, a leafy beer garden terrace and a stellar range of craft beers and wine options, The Welcome Hotel is your answer.
Address: 91 Evans Street, Rozelle NSW 2039
Phone: +61 2 9810 1323
Hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am-12am, Sun 12pm-10pm
11. The Erko
The Erko keep locals frothin’ with a huge range of awesome beers, an award-winning smokehouse and legendary vibes. Make the most of one of the best pubs in Inner West Sydney with $4.50 local schooners every weekday from 4-6pm, meat raffles, vinyl DJs, free pool on Monday and Tuesday or try out their wing challenge to make the wall of flame any day of the week. Get together a couple of mates and check out this one.
Address: 102 Erskineville Road, Erskineville NSW 2043
Phone: +61 2 9565 1608
Hours: Mon-Thu 12pm-3pm & 5pm-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-10pm, Sun 12pm-9pm
12. The Unicorn Hotel
The Unicorn Hotel doesn’t try to be anything more than an ambient meeting place with great beer and nosh, and consequently one of the best Sydney pubs we’ve come across. They describe themselves as a proud boiling billy of Aussie wine, beer, music, art, food and conversation.
Address: 106 Oxford Street, Paddington NSW 2021
Hours: Mon 4pm-12pm, Tue 4pm-1am, Wed 4pm-3am, Thu-Sat 11am-3am, Sun 11am-12pm
13. The Hero of Waterloo
Surround yourself with log fires and 170-year-old hand-chiselled sandstone walls this Winter, not to mention some of the best wine, beer and grub the city has to offer. Soak in the historic atmosphere in the heart of the Rocks at The Hero of Waterloo.
Address: 81 Lower Fort Street, Millers Point NSW 2000
Phone: +61 2 9252 4553
Hours: Mon-Wed 11am-11:30pm, Thu-Sat 11am-12am, Sun 11am-10pm
14. Harpoon Harry
A Surry Hills staple, Harpoon Harry has an incredible atmosphere with a different character and purpose in every room. It’s one of the best pubs in Surry Hills, and if you haven’t yet ventured inside it’s colourful, leafy depths, welcome to your new local (it’s right near central so it doesn’t matter if you don’t actually live locally).
Address: 40-44 Wentworth Avenue, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Phone: +61 2 8262 8800
Hours: Mon-Sun 11:30am-3am
15. The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel
The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel is Sydney’s oldest continually licensed hotel. And like the many fine wines within its historic walls, it only gets better with age. They offer plenty of award-winning beers and modern Australia cuisine, easily qualifying it as some of the best pub food in Sydney.
Address: 19 Kent Street, The Rocks NSW 2000
Phone: +61 2 9251 4044
Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 12pm-10pm
16. Royal Albert Hotel
Since serving naval officers from as early as 1927, The Royal Albert Hotel has been committed to being one of the best pubs in Surry Hills by providing the most relaxing spot to dine and drink.
Address: 140 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Phone: +61 2 9281 2522
Hours: Mon-Tue 12pm-11pm, Wed 12pm-11:30pm, Thu-Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 12pm-10pm
17. The Newport
When it comes to pubs with views and relaxing vibes, you’d be hard-pressed to top The Newport. Make a day of heading to the Northern Beaches and while you’re there enjoy some of the best pub food Sydney has on offer. Even better, you can take your pick from the huge selection of drinks while being lulled by the soothing motion of the ocean.
Address: 2 Kalinya Street, Newport NSW 2106
Phone: +61 2 9114 7337
Hours: Mon-Fri 9:30am-12am, Sat 9am-12am, Sun 9am-11pm
18. Bondi Beach Public Bar
No list of the best pubs in Sydney is complete without a modern-day vibe from the city’s most iconic suburb. Bondi beach Public Bar (BBPB) taps into the energy of 1970s and 80s Australian pub culture, as well as plenty of contemporary craft beers. They also feature heaps of local art, music, events and daily happy hours (yes the plural is deliberate).
Address: 203/180 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach NSW 2026
Phone: +61 2 9132 5777
Hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am-1am, Sun 11:30am-12am
19. Keg & Brew
For the best bourbon, craft beer and southern style bites in the Sydney CBD, look no further than Keg & Brew. They have over 30 beer taps, different specials every evening and will soon be opening a new bistro, events floor and rooftop bar.
Address: 26 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills NSW 2000
Phone: +61 2 9212 1740
Hours: Mon-Thu 10am-12am, Fri-Sat 10am-3am, Sun 10am-11pm
20. Friend in Hand
What looks from the outside like a museum plays host to one of the most renowned and best pubs in Sydney, The Friend in Hand. Drop into this Glebe local for some crab racing, poetry reading, comedy, life drawing, or just a happy hour bev from the friendly staff.
Address: 58 Cowper Street, Glebe NSW 2037
Phone: +61 2 9660 2326
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-12am, Sun 10am-10pm
21. The Henson
The Henson is a playground for all adults to enjoy, focusing on quality, seasonality and sustainability. With a leafy beer garden and adjoining children’s area, art deco bar out the back and homey front bar, it is easily one of Sydney’s best pubs. And with a different deal or event on every night, you know The Henson is really there for the locals.
Address: 91 Illawarra Road, Marrickville NSW 2204
Phone: +61 2 9569 5858
Hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am-12am, Sun 11:30am-10pm
22. The Baxter Inn
This underground swillhouse has been awarded one of the world’s best-hidden bars three years in a row, and for good reason. The decor, drinks and dappled light of The Baxter Inn make you feel like you’ve been transported back to the 20s and we can guarantee you won’t want to leave.
Address: 152-156 Clarence Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Hours: Mon-Sat 4pm-1am
23. PJ O’Brien’s
If you’re after a lively drink in the city, you can’t go past the best Irish pub in Sydney, PJ O’Brien’s. It’s great for an intimate date or large groups and the cheerful ambience will make any day infinitely better.
Address: 57 King Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: +61 2 9290 1811
Hours: Mon-Wed 12pm-12am, Thu 12pm-1am, Fri 12pm-2am, Sat 1pm-2am, Sun 1pm-12am
24. Shady Pines Saloon
The Surry Hills version of Baxters, Shady Pines Saloon is another Sydney institution that never gets old, regardless of how many visits you’ve made. If you’re showing out-of-towners around the city or trying to impress a date, don’t overlook this one.
Address: 4/256 Crown Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Phone: +61 405 624 944
Hours: Mon-Sun 4pm-12am
25. Lord Wolseley
A traditional and old-school pub in Sydney CBD with a bar and restaurant, The Lord Wolseley Hotel in Ultimo is the ideal drinking hole when you want the CBD location without the city price tag or swankiness.
Address: 265 Bulwara Road, Ultimo NSW 2007
Phone: +61 2 9660 1736
Hours: Mon-Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 12pm-10pm
26. The Lord Gladstone
The Gladdy goes off on the weekend, just like your worries will with any visit to this Sydney institution. Head into The Lord Gladstone early for a quiet bevvy or save it for the end of the night if it’s going to be a wilder one.
Address: 115 Regent Street, Chippendale NSW 2008
Phone: +61 2 9310 1483
Hours: Mon-Wed 11am-12am, Thu-Sat 11am-3am, Sun 12pm-10pm
27. The Cricketers Arms Hotel
Self-recognised as a bloody good Sydney pub, The Cricketers Arms Hotel is the ideal place for a pre or post sports game rinse. But more than that, it’s also a great spot for Rock n Roll bingo, free live jazz, pool comps and live local DJs.
Address: 106 Fitzroy Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Phone: +61 2 9331 3301
Hours: Mon-Wed 3pm-12am, Thu-Fri 12pm-12am, Sat 2pm-12am, Sun 2pm-10pm
28. The Union Hotel
We’d forgive you for mistaking The Union Hotel for a local brewery or distillery – what with 22 taps hosting a rotating list of beers and 24 gins dominated by Aussie distillers. Their Americana-themed restaurant, Big Arties has a constantly evolving seasonal menu with some of the best pub food in Sydney. Soak up the classic pub feel with the large benches in the front room or enjoy the light-filled cocktail lounges in the back for a more intimate dining experience.
Address: 576 King Street, Newtown NSW 2042
Phone: +61 2 9557 2989
Hours: Mon-Wed 10am-12am, Thu-Sat 10am-2am, Sun 10am-10pm
29. The Ramblin’ Rascal Tavern
If you want to get fat and drink like a champion, Ramblin’ Rascal Tavern should be your pub of choice. With Mary’s burgers and fried chicken, live music on Thursdays and every type of alcoholic beverage your heart desires, this Sydney CBD pub can do no wrong.
Address: Cnr of Park and Elizabeth Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Hours: Mon-Wed 4pm-12am, Thu & Sat 4pm-2am, Fri 12pm-2am
What is the best pub in Sydney?
The Baxter Inn could be considered as the best Pub in Sydney with over 800 reviews on Trip Advisor.
What makes a good pub?
It's not one thing that makes a pub good. We like to consider the food, the service, the atmosphere and value for money.
When were the lockout laws lifted?
In January of 2020, in NSW scrapped their lockout laws that restricted patrons from entering venues after 1:30 am.