These beloved Inner West pubs have a knack for welcoming the entire clan – no matter how small. Beer gardens, kids play areas and pet friendly policies are just some of the draw-cards you’ll find as you eat your way through this list.
An oasis hidden in plain sight, you can escape the urban hustle and bustle at one of the uniquely themed bars at The Balmain Hotel. An Asian-Fusion style menu brings fresh, high quality ingredients to the fore and relaxing under a thatched roof cabana in the brightly styled Pasifika beer garden with the kids and pup is the definition of a Sunday well-spent.
74 Mullens Street, Balmain
With indoor and outdoor dining spaces, views over one of the Inner Wests buzziest corners and a classic pub menu, the North Annandale charms through understatement. Trivia nights, live music and meat raffles keep the locals coming back, and the kids play area is a godsend – not to mention activity packs provided alongside kids meals.
105 Johnston Street, Annandale
The oldest pub in the area, Public House is steeped in history while a new refurb has given the venue an industrial style facelift. The shipping container beer garden is the place to bring the kids for an easy and crowd-pleasing wood-fired pizza. Take in the street art installations selected to promote the local arts scene.
292 Stanmore Road, Petersham
This classic spot is considered by many locals to be their home away from home. The half-basketball court is a rare gem for Inner West venues meaning you can work up a sweat between beers or just spectate the fun from the sideline. Fido is more than welcome and will definitely be angling for a few tasty morsels from the classic pub-style menu.
2 Adddison Road, Marrickville
Tucked away in East Balmain, don’t be deterred by the façade of this little gem because once inside it’s as family-friendly as they get. They have a great kids menu that has a welcomed option of veggies and sweet potato fries as sides, plus they do a killer Sunday Roast. The beer garden also gives you plenty of space to spread out.
82 Darling Street, Balmain East
Whether you’re just dropping by for a quick meal or settling in for an afternoon, The Golden Barley will welcome you into its charming arms. The art deco style façade of the venue makes way to a leafy, expansive beer garden and rustic, long tables make this pub the ideal choice for family dinners or catching up with friends.
165-169 Edgeware Road, Enmore
A designated kids area in the beer garden, pinball machines and kid’s menu, The Henson is the ideal venue to take the little ones along for an extended Sunday session. Soak in the art deco surrounds as the kids slurp on milkshakes, and with its very own ‘Grocery & Grog’ store in house you will never go home empty-handed.
91 Illawarra Road, Marrickville
Newly opened, The Garden at Wests Ashfield Leagues Club menu has a farm-to-plate ethos which also resonates throughout the kids menu. Every Tuesdays, The Garden hosts kids entertainment and each kids meal comes with free ice cream. There is also a play area to keep them at bay long enough for you to finish your meal and vino.
115 Liverpool Road, Ashfield