Sometimes all you really need in life is a loyal companion who is there for all occasions. That one special someone who feeds you when you’re hungry, occupies you when you’re bored and eagerly hands you a glass of wine at the end of a long working week. No, we are not referring to a soul mate; we are talking about Sydney’s best pubs!
Here at The Urban List we love pubs due to their consistent ability to deliver. Whether you’re after a big night drinking with mates, somewhere to unwind with a bevy or just plain hungry and need a feed! Either way, we’ve accumulated the best pubs in Sydney that will have your back through it all!
This hidden gem is celebrated by Shire locals for its superior food, stylish décor and quirky garden bar. Recently refurbished, Miranda Hotel is buzzing every night of the week with their daily specials and sustainable, innovative food. If you’re with a group, why not pre-order the deliciously fresh seafood banquet for a reasonable $40 a head? If you’re there for a drink, let yourself be seduced by the choc-o-holic cocktail, made entirely out of Mozart Chocolate liqueurs and fresh cream blended on ice. You can worry about the calories tomorrow.
Feeling like a refreshing afternoon drink in the sunshine is in order? Perhaps you’re after a hearty burger, wood fire pizza or gourmet salad? Either way, The Bank’s soulful atmosphere, sparkling beer garden and 60’s style cocktail bar will definitely make you want to spend your money rather than save it. Located on the ever-vibrant King Street, The Bank is the perfect venue to host special events, catch Sydney’s best live music and mingle with friends after work.
When a hotel is named after the pub capital of the universe, you know it’s going to be a good one! The London is peacefully nestled on the corner of William Street and catches the eyes of passers-by for its white exterior beauty and charming interiors. Head over to this Sydney pub for a rocket, pear, walnut and honey ricotta salad or take advantage of their hearty $10 rump steaks on Thursdays. They also sell pretty cocktails in jugs and therefore tick all the boxes in our books!
The Rose Hotel
The Rose Hotel has been an inner-city stomping ground for locals and university students for the past century. Located on the western side of Cleveland Street, this hotel is famous for its vibrant atmosphere and trendy beer garden. Accommodating to loyal youthful patrons, The Rose is the place to catch up with friends over a $10 weekly lunch special or a trusty hangover breakfast on the weekend.
Beach Road Hotel
Located just off Bondi’s main strip, Beach Road Hotel is a melting pot of locals, backpackers and hipsters who unite over three floors of rustic interiors and positive vibes. Renowned for its incredible free gigs on weekdays and DJ sets on weekends, Beach Road hotel is perfect for a casual post-beach bevy, sports bar entertainment or a fun (cough, messy) night out! Be warned, however: due to its strict residential location, the establishment closes at 1am, so prepare to evacuate the building before then or be turned into a pumpkin!
The Oaks Hotel
Winning the award for NSW’s best pub last year, the lively Oaks Hotel has been an iconic destination since its inception in 1885. Whether you’re there to drink, dine or simply socialise under the majestic fairy-lit oak tree, The Oaks will tantalise you with their contemporary twist on traditional pub food and incredibly photogenic cocktails! Also known for their cook-your-own-steaks, The Oaks offers a generous selection of cuts so you can cook your own steak to perfection on the communal BBQs.
The charmingly historic Exchange Hotel has been a popular meeting place for all ages since the late 18th century. Known for being one of Sydney’s best pubs in the inner west, Exchange Hotel features the perfect balance of bars, sunny balconies, chic function rooms and an upmarket restaurant menu. Pop over on a Saturday for some tapas and cocktails with the girls or a Sunday for a traditional roast with the family. If you’re feeling adventurous you can even cook your own DIY meal on hot BBQ stones! Whatever the reason for your visit, the hotel’s warm ambience and buzzing ambiance is sure to convert you into a regular!
Harbord Beach Hotel
Situated 100m from Freshwater Beach with a design inspired by a Samoan Island guesthouse, Harbord Beach Hotel is guaranteed to give off summer vibes all year round. This Northern Beaches favourite offers five-star wine and an award winning bistro menu in a constant buzzing atmosphere. If you’re feeling seafood, don't go past the Crystal Bay prawns with homemade cocktail sauce. If you’re after something more traditional, the classic Hilton wagyu burger goes down a treat with a cold beer.
Woolwich Pier Hotel
With its stunning views over Cockatoo Island and Sydney Harbour, Woolwich Pier Hotel is an ideal setting for any occasion. Freshly renovated with sleek interiors and blonde wood floors, this Sydney pub boasts a terrace, lawn, clubhouse, cocktail lounge, sports bar and award-winning restaurant. If that isn't enough to entice you, imagine devouring a pulled pork belly slider and fresh-juice cocktail on their wrap around balcony. This place certainly has their atmosphere and décor on point and also makes the perfect place to gather the girls for a high tea or the whole family for a gourmet BBQ on the terrace.
Manly Wharf Hotel
Like its name suggests, Manly Wharf Hotel (or “Wharfie” to regulars) is literally on the wharf, which we love! This pub has the best views in Manly and is the perfect location for your Saturday night club fix or Sunday session. Our recommendation? Grab a wine and a seat outside, enjoy a tiger prawn and mango salad and soak up the killer atmosphere whilst the sun sets over the harbour.
This warm and welcoming hotel is one of the friendliest on the lower North Shore. Its close proximity to the train station makes it a hugely popular venue for after work drinks and their $13 daily specials make it a favourite among local families. Pop by for some pan fried salmon from their bistro or grab a beer and catch a game at their sports bar. The hotel also features a wrap around heated balcony and an open fireplace, which actually makes us a little excited for winter.
Image: Lisa Brooke at Miranda Hotel