Bar No. 5
A far cry from the corner pub, this light-filled industrial warehouse-style bar is oh-so-chic and on trend. Located in a quiet area of Alexandria, Bar No. 5 has cocktails, live music, a bistro and designated dog spots. It’s local bar that you never knew you needed, until now.
Rocks Brewing Co
From its original home at Harts Pub in the historic precinct of The Rocks to the industrial vibes of Alexandria, Rocks Brewing Co. is all about craft beer and Southern American style food. Long communal tables and outdoor seating overlook metal vats and breakfast and coffee is served throughout the week, but the first beer of the day will have to wait until 10am.
Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq
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The new kid on the block, Archie Brothers Electric Circus brings a whole new meaning to old-school arcade games. There are old and new favourites, plus the more active bumper cars, bowling, laser tag, flying trapeze … you name they’ve got it. Then there is the food and bar, both keeping you well fuelled throughout the fun and mayhem.
The Hive Bar
Dedicated to craft beer, vinyl, cocktails and burgers, The Hive Bar delivers a lively music venue, seasonal bistro and happening bar. Their menu displays a commitment to ethically sourced and organically grown produce while their craft beer menu of over 40, is all about supporting local breweries.
Rose of Australia
The recently renovated Rose of Australia has transformed from an art deco pub into a vibrant hub where you can enjoy different outlets, an open terrace and steetside seating. With a mix of clientele, there is an area to suit all patrons. The Island Bar is the perfect spot to make a new friend or meet up with old ones, while cocktail bar Howards Cantina delivers expertly mixed drinks and share plate dishes.
The Erko Hotel
The Erskineville Hotel (aka The Erko), is a pub with character drawing in a young and hip crowd. The refurbished pub is known for its authentic American barbecue, and the beer garden is the perfect place to tuck into meat 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.
The Cauliflower Hotel
The sun streams into every pocket of this pub, from the public bar to the rooftop. The Cauliflower Hotel is a Sydney institution, and a staunch Rabbitohs bar, so do as the locals do and pop in for the game. There’s also live music on weekends, and plenty of craft beer on offer.
With its Art Deco-style interiors, frosted glass windows and sports bar, the Zetland Hotel is the definition of an old boozer. In the heart of the Green Square precinct, it’s warm and welcoming, and has a bistro as well as a buzzing beer garden. Oh, and it’s dog-friendly. Win!
The Imperial Erskineville
From colourful beginnings, The Imperial has been a fixture on the Erskineville nightlife scene since 1983. After a recent refurbishment, this stylish venue celebrates diversity and invites patrons to "drink, dance, drag and dine." You will find plant-based deliciousness at restaurant Priscillas and a dance party in the Basement.
Frenchies Bistro and Brewery
Mixing craft beer with the culture of Parisian bistronomy – a winning combination that has captured the attention of Sydneysiders. Located in Rosebery’s foodie hub, The Cannery, this brewery-slash-bistro is the baby of two Frenchies who bring their passion for craft beer and incredible food (done the Parisian way) together.
A funky local watering-hole that loves their craft beer and pinball machines, the Lord Raglan has stood the test of time by staying true to its roots. The hotel retains many of its original features and the food is classic yet hearty and pairs nicely with the craft beer on offer.
Archie Rose Distilling Co.
A unique distillery, Archie Rose's bar is just metres from the distillery. The seven pages of cocktails ensure you get a chance to sample every last one of their complete range of spirits, while the tasting flights are a godsend for those who aren’t brave enough to mix Nibbles are looked after by Archie Rose neighbours, Black Star Pastry, who’ll deliver you a tasting board upon your request.
Redfern Surf Club
The neighbourhood’s new favourite stomping ground, Redfern Surf Club has officially opened its doors at the intersection of Botany Road and Henderson Road. This laid-back Australian pub brings a hint of nostalgia and retro surf-style to the streets of Redfern. In this welcoming space, an old-school TV set plays cult surf flicks, a taxidermied ibis watches over the bar, and a shrine to the likes of Prince and Phil Collins. Keeping the drinks list as laid-back as its name suggests, ...
The Bearded Tit
A small bar that is every little bit Redfern, and then some. A vibrant bar-slash-art space, The Bearded Tit likes to keep things interesting - live music, quirky décor and an impressive drinks menu. They have a selection of in-house snacks, but they also allow you to order in from their favourite local eateries. Get in early to secure a table when a live event is on.
Craving plump, juicy dumplings? Happy D’s is a cheap and cheerful eatery that specialises in them, with nine rotating types on offer. The narrow space is kitschy, with a sound system blasting 60s and 70s disco and a faux fish tank that stretches the length of the bar. A DJ takes over the decks on Saturday nights.
Urban Winery Sydney
Winemaker Alex Retief has brought Sydney’s best wine regions to the big smoke and has set up Urban Winery in St Peters Precinct 75. Retief handcrafts his own wines on site, sourcing from cool climate regions across the state. While the acreage is limited, the number of activities are limitless with blending master classes, wine tastings and events held at the cellar door.
Willie the Boatman
Willie the Boatman is located in Precinct 75 and makes for an excellent afternoon stop off between checking out the rest of the creative precinct. This laid-back neighbourhood brewer is set up in an industrial warehouse boasting high ceilings with the brewery out the back and a pop-up pub at the front. You can either enjoy a beer tasting onsite or take your brew to go.
At this easy-breezy watering hole, there’s a special or something on every night – because we all need a midweek pick-me-up. You can sit outside or in the sleek dining room-slash-bar, and order posh pub grub and cocktails. For families, kids under 12 eat for free between 12-6pm, Monday to Friday.
The Noble Hops
If beer is your beverage of choice, you’ll discover some new favourites at The Noble Hops. The small bar specialises in craft beer, and boasts over 100 brews from around the world. It has a ‘try before you buy’ policy, so you can sample beers before settling on one. Peckish? You can order pizzas in from La Coppola.
At this glossy restaurant-slash-bar, the ‘misfits’ of the silver screen are celebrated: you can’t miss the three-metre high poster of Twiggy, or the photos of AD/DC on the coasters. The interiors are vibrant, with green velvet stools, patterned booths, gold brass tables and greenery aplenty, and the wine list is just as interesting.