Feeling the cold? Spring may be around the corner, but right now we’re feeling the winter chills. Lucky for us, there are plenty of cosy pubs in Sydney to keep out of the cold. Curl up next to a roaring fire with a tipple or two, a hearty meal and a gathering of friends, and winter won’t seem so bad after all. Here’s our pick of Sydney’s cosiest pubs with fireplaces, guaranteed to turn up the heat when you're feeling the cold.
Although loved by locals and day trippers in the summer months for their winning combo of alfresco dining and waterfront views, Merivale’s The Newport is equally popular in the winter time. With a handful of outdoor firepits, you can snack and drink amongst the beautiful scenery without feeling the winter chill. If you are looking for an upscale experience indoors, then high-end brasserie Bert’s ̶ also situated on the sprawling grounds – ticks every box for a cosy meal and beverage.
2 Kalinya Street, Newport
Manly’s beachfront pub is the place to be even when the mercury drops. Hotel Steyne has been given a much-needed revamp in recent years to modernise this hardwearing hotel. Settle in by the fire in the Steyne Bar with a vino or two and a few slices of some of the best pizza in Manly (sorry Manly Kebabs!). But when you really need to amp things up, head upstairs to Manly’s speakeasy, Moonshine for spiced rums, ciders and live music.
75 The Corso, Manly
In the backstreets of Woolloomooloo, The Old Fitzroy is steeped in history. Affectionately known as ‘The Fitz,’ the pub has been around for over 100 years, and has Australia’s only pub theatre. For a warming pub lunch, get comfy downstairs with their wide selection of brews on tap, gourmet fare and roaring open fire.
129 Dowling Street, Woolloomooloo
A neighbourhood pub hidden away in the back streets of Chippendale, The Duck Inn is loved as much for its warm, laidback ambiance as it is for its craft beer and menu. There are comfy couches, bookcases and a timber bar inside while the beer garden outside is intimate, tree-lined and has a fire pit – a sought-after watering hole in both the winter and summer months.
74 Rose Street, Chippendale
While there’s no shortage of English-style pubs in Sydney, few possess quintessential British charm like this corner pub, and come wintertime, you can nestle by the open fire and enjoy a pint of Old Speckled Hen. The redbrick exterior looks more like a Tudor-style manor than a pub, while the old-world charms of Old Blighty continue inside with gold-rimmed portraits of dukes and duchesses, and a room dedicated to mohair sofas circa 1930s and a cosy fireplace. Btw, the food is amazing too.
236 Jersey Road, Paddington
Mismatched lighting, provedore crates, rustic stools, vintage Coke signs, and bright botanicals, The Treehouse is eclectic in all the right ways. While the fireplace isn’t as rustic as some establishments, the log-free, glass enclosure still manages to create a cosy atmosphere for a glass of mulled wine and a delicious feed. The menu is modern Australian fare and includes slow cooked lamb, confit duck leg, market fish, and handmade spinach and ricotta gnocchi. No pub grub in these parts.
60 Miller Street, North Sydney
An oldie but a goodie, The Lord Nelson is Sydney’s oldest continually licensed hotel. It has been restored to its original charm with the much-welcomed addition of the award-winning microbrewery. Still drawing a crowd, the food at The Lord Nelson is classic pub grub, and to keep you cosy make sure to secure a seat near the heritage fireplace.
19 Kent Street, The Rocks
Affectionately called ‘The Riv’, the Riverview Hotel is an enduring Balmain institution with a reputation for its relaxed service and cosy ambience complete with open fireplace. Known for its food, the Riverview Hotel isn’t messing about when pies are concerned. Their famous lamb shanks pie is served with delicious carrot puree and rosemary jus – a big step up from conventional pub pies. If you’re visiting on a Sunday, enjoy a traditional English-style roast complete with Yorkshire pudding.
29 Birchgrove Road, Balmain
You’ll have to search for the suggestively hidden white timber doors along Falcon Street, but once inside, you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back to 1920s. Choose from their impressive selection of cocktails, spiced rums, Australian wines, and craft beers before heading to the living room to enjoy the warmth of the fire. If you’re here to eat, choose from American-inspired cuisine to the tune of sliders, burgers, and tacos.
28 Falcon Street, Crows Nest
Cosy interiors and a roaring fireplace at the rear, this is a popular hideaway during winter. While their menu boasts some delicious and hearty feeds (order the chicken parmi), the impressive craft beer selection is where they really shine. Home to the Sydney’s original Craft Beer Fight Club, it’s not unusual for the bar to be five-deep as patrons eagerly wait in line for their favourite tipple. Cosy up on the couch in front of the toasty fire, and you’re in for a relaxing night.
156 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills