Whether you’re just dropping in for a cheeky beverage or you’re in for a marathon afternoon with mates, where better to settle in than one of Sydney’s spectacular beer gardens? From low-key to luxe, these are the beer gardens to be at during the warmer months.
The aptly named The Oaks Hotel boasts a spectacular Oak tree in the centre of its ever-buzzing beer garden. Visit on a weekend and you’ll be lucky to score a table beneath after midday, with locals staking their claim on the prized space early – with classic pub fare and creative bar food across the venue’s bars and dining areas, you’ll easily spend the entire evening here.
118 Military Road, Neutral Bay
This beloved Inner West haunt has maintained it’s Newtown flair with a recent revamp, and the upstairs beer garden stays true to that effortlessly cool vibe. Excellent wall art, exposed bricks and ambient lighting make for the perfect afternoon setting in the beer garden which soaks up full sun and on Sunday afternoons you can pick up a bowl of steaming paella. Does it get any better?
597 King Street, Newtown
Park yourself on a roomy picnic table in the abundantly welcoming, low key beer garden of The Rose in Chippendale. Being a stone’s throw from Sydney Uni, the place is perennially packed with procrastinating students with the heart set on a soothing IPA and tasty pizza. Be sure to peruse the specials board and wide-reaching wine list for an eminently pleasant visit.
52-54 Cleveland Street, Chippendale
If a typical, no-nonsense afternoon spent in the beer garden is high on the agenda, Rozelle’s The Welcome Hotel brings craft beer, a laidback pub atmosphere and elegant dining together. Whether you prefer an IPA, stout, amber ale or even a refreshing cider, you’ll no doubt find a schooner of your favourite tipple, and when teamed with a daily special you’ll find a reason to be back every week.
91 Evans Street, Rozelle
While not strictly a beer garden, Darlo Bar’s semi-enclosed rooftop bar has long been a tempting hideaway for those in need of a cocktail-coloured escape. With greenery artfully scattered around the open air courtyard and a swath of casual seating, you’ll intend to stay for one and find yourself a few espresso martinis deep in no time.
306 Liverpool Street, Sydney
With the weather heating up, why dine indoors? Loved by the locals, The Longy is known for it’s landscaped, outdoor dining terrace that is bathed in sun during. Catering to both diners and drinkers alike, during busy periods it has a great atmosphere and relaxed vibe. Locals tip: If you plan on dining, book ahead to secure a table.
80 Longueville Road, Lane Cove
The jewel in Merivale’s crown, The Newport is a sprawling complex with one of the most picturesque beer gardens in town. Set on the shores of Pittwater, you can snack on a steaming wood-fired pizza, just-caught prawns from the Seafood Market or burgers and fries from The Shack as you bask from a sun chair on the venue’s expansive deck.
2 Kalinya Street, Newport
You can’t really get away with claiming the ‘Sydneysider’ title without having a handful of war-stories from The Beresford beer garden’s front line. Mischief is inevitable at this Surry Hills institution, with the lush outdoor garden area making an ideal backdrop for a raucous afternoon with friends. Sample a few of the signature house cocktails as you munch on wood-fired pizza and see where the evening takes you.
354 Bourke Street, Surry Hills
Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
The Beach Club at this Eastern Suburbs favourite is a perfect spot to see and be seen. Taking in sweeping views of the harbour and city skyline, there are few locations more picturesque to spend the weekend than perched on the deck and indulging in a lavish seafood spread. Don’t forget to orchestrate an Instagram snap with the signature blue and white striped umbrellas #beergardenbythesea.
1 Military Road, Watsons Bay
With one of the most spacious beer gardens in the Inner West, The Courthouse offers a tranquil retreat for a relaxed afternoon of sipping ciders and catching up with friends. Ample shaded spaces thanks to vast outdoor umbrellas as well as gas heaters scattered around the garden for chillier days means you’ll be protected whatever the weather as you tuck into a chicken parmigiana.
202 Australia Street, Newtown
With charming art deco roots and all the trimmings of a family-friendly pub, you can take the kids down to The Henson and set them loose in the children’s area just off the beer garden as you wile away the hours over a glass or two of rosé. The tacos and nibbles offering are ideal for an afternoon of grazing (hello croquettes with manchego and jalapeno).
91 Illawarra Road, Marrickville
For Public House, their beer garden is the main feature of the venue. Known to locals as PHP, this unassuming pub is known for its outdoor dining, rustic fare and craft beer. With large graffiti artworks adorning the walls and a carefully curated selection of retro arcade games, PHP is more of a vibrant, community space than a typical pub.
292 Stanmore Rd, Petersham