Winter is almost upon us, which means beer gardens are closing up shop and we're all heading indoors in order to stave off the cold. But, there's no need to fret Sydney folk for we've sought out the best Sydney pubs for warming up by a roaring fireplace, swilling red wine and hanging out with friends. Read on to find out which Sydney pubs you should hit up this winter.
The Lord Dudley Hotel
This old English-style pub has become a Paddington institution, with its extensive list of beers on tap, comprehensive wine list and some of the best pub food in town. Get comfortable on a Chesterfield lounge settled around an open fireplace and order something hearty and delicious.
Four In Hand
Aside from offering some of the best pub food in Sydney, this quaint Paddington pub serves nose-to-tail dishes (from the kitchen of renowned chef Colin Fassnidge) and a pleasing mix of local lagers and craft beers on tap. Highlights on the winter menu include beef brisket and mushroom pie, housemade battered fish burger and the classic sausages and mash.
The Exchange Hotel
This historic Balmain pub is a great spot to relaxe and unwind on a winter's night, featuring an elegant dining room, charming front bar, and mod-con plasma screens and pool tables for your evening's entertainment. Head to the Exchange Hotel in order to enjoy its famed Sunday roast with all the trimmings, just $20. This is an oldie but a goodie on our hit list of the best winter pubs in Sydney.
The Tilbury Hotel
This Woolloomooloo watering hole boasts a robust wine list and contemporary dinner menu with winter highlights including: housemade gnocchi with braised oxtail ragout; crispy duck breast with baby beetroot; and pork fillet with pumpkin caponata.
The Local Taphouse
Offering hearty winter pub grub and more than twenty ever-changing craft brews on tap, this neighbourhood tavern is an excellent spot to enjoy a winter's eve. Downstairs is all warm and cosy, with vintage lounges, books and birdcages. Go for $15 dinner and drink deals from 6pm Monday till Wednesday.
The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel
Settle in around the crackling fireplace and be lured into a contented lull by the scent of burning firewood within Sydney's oldest pub. Line your belly with a beef pie or pork and veal meatballs, before diving into its list of seasonal ales, which are all brewed on site.
The Cricketers Arms
Grab a seat as close to the flames as possible and heat up with a bottle of red. There's plenty of reasons to make this Surry Hills gem your winter watering hole, one of which includes the bistro upstairs—serving hearty dishes including smoked fish pie, chicken parmigiana and braised lamb shanks.
The Oaks Hotel
Second last on our list of the best winter pubs in Sydney is Neutral Bay favourite, The Oaks Hotel. Let your winter blues fade away with a tipple from The Oaks' stellar collection of craft beers, wines and cocktails, and pick from its delicious range of gourmet pizzas. For the steak eaters, its in-house butchery features some of the best cuts of meat around!
Attracting the sport-loving locals and fans of a good burger (Chur Burger resides upstairs), The London is sure to cure your winter ails. Grab your mates and snare one of the long wooden tables—if buns don't take your fancy, we'd recommend the glazed corn-fed chicken breast or pork cutlet Milanese.