The Courthouse Hotel, Newtown
The Duck Inn, Chippendale
The Erko, Erskineville
The Erko, Erskineville
The Henson, Marrickville
These beer garden’s in Sydney’s Inner West were made for lazy afternoons.
The last few years have overseen gentrification in the area, and the bars have stepped up accordingly. Locals and passers by now have a wide selection of beer gardens to choose from, and once their decision is made a spritz or prosecco is guaranteed to be enjoyed. So here are some of the best beer gardens in the inner west, to make the decision a little easier. Wouldn’t want to keep the Aperol waiting.
No longer a Newtown secret, The Courty (as the locals call it) has a huge beer garden drawing in an equally large crowd of students, tradies, professionals and families. On the weekend, this means you need to secure your spot early as tables fill up quickly with locals grabbing a beer and a side of sunlight in the afternoons. The character-filled pub extends to its fit out, with Swans memorabilia scattered throughout the premises and an old-school pub menu displayed on the walls. Picnic tables are dispersed throughout the beer garden with massive white umbrellas and leafy trees casting shade over patrons wanting to retreat from the sunlight with their jug of beer. A classic old school pub loved just the way it is.
202 Australia Street, Newtown
Far from huge, but a nice little find in Chippendale is The Duck Inn. Once the Duck and Swan, the establishment has undergone a huge refurbishment and now makes a lovely afternoon retreat with an excellent wine list, focussing on simple, good quality finds. There’s comfy couches lined with bookcases, and a timber bar inside while the beer garden outside is intimate and tree-lined. A mix of small tables and picnic tables are scattered outside around the fire pit, making it a sought-after watering hole in both the winter and summer months. There’s live music every Sunday to accompany the quality wine on offer.
74 Rose Street, Chippendale
A beer garden for those with an appetite, it’s difficult to pop into The Erko without enjoying a buffalo wing (or six). The refurbished pub is known for its authentic American barbecue, and the beer garden is the perfect place to tuck into some baby back ribs or brisket from the smoker. Umbrellas are dispersed throughout the area, with the decking extending up along the walls to give it that outback feel. Potted plants and a washed-out paint job make the space feel modern, bright and airy. What was once The Erskineville Hotel is now a pub with character drawing in a young and hip crowd.
102 Erskineville Road, Erskineville
Once a worn-out pub in Marrickville, The Henson now boasts a modern menu and fit out bringing even the smallest of locals inside its doors. The beer garden now has a children’s area and the pokies were replaced with pinball machines so the community feel in the pub exceeds most RSLs. Exposed brick, hanging plants and white tiles make up the fit out which is relatively minimal and as modern as the menu. Exotic dishes complement classic pub meals, with tacos, ramen and burgers (featuring soft shell crab) on the menu. The pub prides itself on mainly locally sourced produce, with the beer garden even having a vegie patch.
91 Illawarra Road, Marrickville
Housed inside a former steelworks, Staves Brewery has preserved a lot of the building with exposed brick and a gantry adding rustic character to this popular Glebe beer garden. Large picnic tables line the beer garden which features a timber wall and cute, plant-lined windows. The turf is artificial but the space feels authentic, and even a little like Brooklyn. A watering hole for those with an appreciation for a good beer, the man behind the brewery, Steve Drissell, has produced his own beers since mid-2016 with a couple of taps featuring other beers around Sydney. Friday night is comedy night and they are set to launch singer/songwriter night every Thursday.
4-8 Grose Street, Glebe