We love a fancy meal at one of Sydney’s best restaurants as much as the next constantly hungry person with a food obsession, but sometimes you just want to duck down to the pub for a proper feed with your mates. Here are some Sydney pubs that are doing it right. Schnitty till we die!
The folks down at the Miranda Hotel know what a good pub feed looks like and have taken plenty of care in creating a knockout menu. If your friend is after a classic schnitty but you want to go a little classier with some roast pork belly, this south Sydney pub is where you should go. We should also probably just casually mention that they do a ‘Hair of the Dog’ breakfast from 9am – 12pm on weekends , not that we are the kind of people that would need that…
Royal Albert Hotel
Somehow, among all the hipsters and ‘single origin’ blends of everything, Surry Hills has managed to maintain a true cool, local pub. Not only is the Royal Albert Hotel a cosy corner pub which has been on the scene since 1927, serving up a mean burger by the name of Royale with Cheese, it is also the home of Sydney’s original Bamboo Dumpling Bar. Burgers with a side of dumplings – the pub feed of dreams. Thirsty? The Royal Albert is one of Sydney’s best craft beer pubs, with over 100 craft beers on offer.
Balmain is packed with pubs so deciding where to go can be a little intimidating, but think no more! The newly renovated Balmain Hotel is our pick, with an awesome menu, fantastic drinks and an even better beer garden. From zucchini flowers with smoked cheese to beer battered barramundi there is something delicious for everyone’s taste, especially if it’s washed down with a jalapeno and watermelon margarita!
Located on Kent Street in the heart of the CBD, Mr Tipply’s is where to go to eat your feelings after a hard day at work or line your stomach before a night out on the town. The menu has an Asian vibe (kimchi ketchup on the beef burger and black bean sauce served with your T-bone) but all the classics are there too – we see you, schnitty and chips.
The Lord Gladstone
If you like your pub feed with plenty of carbs, meat and sport on the TV, then you’ll feel right at home at the newly renovated Lord Gladstone in Chippendale. The burgers are top notch (some of the best burgers in Sydney, we think), you can get baskets of wings for $5 every Thursday and for the ultimate pub dessert – the legendary deep-fried Golden Gaytime. If that doesn’t sound like a good place to get some proper pub grub, I don’t know what does.
Buena Vista Hotel
Mosman’s Buena Vista Hotel is looking very nice indeed. The kind of Sydney pub you could take your mates or your mum. The herb and parmesan crumbed schnitzel is sure to be a winner, and the grilled mulloway with garlic potato puree, broccoli with caper and lemon butter is simple and sophisticated in all the ways you want it to be.
If you’ve been to Manly, you know the Hotel Steyne. Sitting proudly on the Corso, right across from the beach, it’s no surprise this Northern Beaches pub is ever popular with locals and visitors alike. You’ve got two options when it comes to filling up your belly at Hotel Steyne—there is the Seaside Bistro offering up all the classic pub favourites done right, or Harry Phat’s serving up cool Asian inspired food like dumplings and kimchi fried rice. Decisions, decisions. Maybe you’ll just have to try them both out.
The Oxford Tavern
The days of a crusty, old, topless pub is gone (sorry to disappoint) and now Oxford Tavern is just a cool hangout with a great vibe and even better food. The order is classic pub grub with an American twist—tacos, burgers, and pulled pork everything. Every weekend from 12, the beer garden turns into a proper BBQ pit, offering ribs, pulled pork, brisket and smoked chicken. It’s pub eating at it’s meatiest best.
The Woollahra Hotel is a bit of an institution in that neck of the woods. You can treat yourself to a fancy hatted meal at Bistro Moncur or you can settle in at the Terrace and tuck into a proper pub feed, featuring schnitties, steaks, pastas and burgers. Throw in a pint too for the perfect pub meal.
We all know the best pub feed is a cheap pub feed, and since the Shakespeare Hotel is home to the $12.50 meal it’s ticking all the right boxes. You can choose from burgers, steaks, schnitties and fish and, if you really want to treat yourself, you can throw a few extra dollars at a generous pile of lamb shanks. Winter comfort eating at its best.
Image credit: Tanya Lee at Shakespeare Hotel