Bars & Pubs

The Best Places To Have A Beer In Sydney

By Phoebe McRae
7th Oct 2016

best places to drink beer in sydney

Whether you prefer having a few frothies with the boys in the city, or drinking bevs by the bay with bae, we’ve worked hard to bring you a list of the best damn places to sink a beer in Sydney.

Lord Nelson Brewery

The Rocks

If you haven’t yet tasted a pint of Lord Nelson’s Three Sheets Pale Ale, are you even a real Sydneysider? Not only is this corner pub Australia’s oldest brewery, it’s about as authentic as pubs down under get. Ditch the tinnies and settle in for good beer and good times, next to the fire if the sun doesn’t stick around.

Young Henrys


This Inner West brewery is a Sydney craft beer institution. Six taps and two hand pumps deliver their award-winning brews, while a rotating roster of food trucks means you can stay as long as you need to enjoy each drop. 

Batch Brewing Company


Marrickville’s Batch Brewing Company is where you want to go to wash down the last of the week. The beer is brewed on site, batch by batch, to bring you only the freshest of ales in a simple, laid back setting, intended for a Friday crafternoon.

Dove & Olive

Surry Hills

If you enjoy your beer with a side of pub grub, Dove & Olive in Surry Hills is the perfect place for you. The only thing better than their $9.90 meals is their never-ending list of Australian and international craft beers. Head here on Thirsty Thursdays for $10 jugs of craft beer.

The Noble Hops


Neighbourhood favourite for very a good reason, The Noble Hops is a must for any beer enthusiast. Serving only the finest frothies, it’s an easy option when you don’t want to be surrounded by skyscrapers. Hot tip: order a pizza from La Coppola across the road, they’ll let you eat inside.

Munich Brauhaus

The Rocks

Forget your midweek worries and make the most of the bier hall at Munich Brauhaus for those times when the struggle gets really real. While devouring a pretzel (or two) the size of your face, you can choose from some of the best beers from Munich. Prost!

Wayward Brewery Co.


Hidden down a laneway in Camperdown, Wayward Brewery Co. is all you need for a cheeky Sunday sess. Wow your mates and buy a round of the IPA – it’s our fave!

Keg & Brew

Surry Hills

Keg & Brew knows beer. With over 30 taps pouring oh so many cold bevvies, there is literally something for everyone. If it’s all too overwhelming after a long day of using your brain, opt for the beer of the week - $6.50 schooners all day, every day, sounds pretty bloody good to us.

The Local Taphouse


The Local Taphouse is a total crowd pleaser. Serving over 400 different beers every year, with a sneaky rooftop at the top, so you can take your mate or your date. 

Willie The Boatman


Blink and you literally will miss Willie The Boatman, but that’s what makes it so damn great. The hidden micro-brewery in Tempe is where you should go when you really, really, don’t want to run into anyone. Ponder about life or pull up a chair and make a new mate and ponder together.

The Union Hotel


The Union Hotel is the sort of pub you wish was your local. Easy, laid-back vibes, good music and absolutely delicious beer. Enjoy a game of pool, get involved with trivia or sit back, relax and sink one.

Redoak Boutique Beer Cafe


Redoak Boutique Beer Café is what Friday long lunch dreams are made of. There’s no way you’ll be heading back to the office after downing a year-round Oktoberfest tasting board with matching beer, and there’ll be no judgement from us. 

Modus Operandi Brewing

Mona Vale

There’s nothing better than a beer post beach. Take a day trip north and make it your priority to stop by Modus Operandi after your surf. Offering tinnies and taps, it’s our pick for summer.

Rocks Brewing Co.


You never regret treating your tastebuds to a traditional craft beer. Since 2008, Rocks Brewing Co. has been pouring good old classic ales that rarely disappoint. With Beergustations and Bar-Beer-Cues on the annual calendar, this one’s a must for any real beer fan. 

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