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.
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.
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.
Moore Park View Hotel
At this local watering hole, there’s something going on every night, from ‘Why Cook Mondays?’ to ‘Trivia Tuesdays’ and steak, rib and raffles nights. Moore Park View Hotel boasts a beer garden, plus a pool table and every sports game you want to watch on multiple TVs.
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.
Paris meets Sydney at this exquisite Parisian bistro. Transforming an old rum warehouse on Kensington Street in Chippendale’s culinary precinct, Bistrot Gavroche has become a mainstay among a line-up of renowned restaurants. Classic French dishes hailed from Chef Frederick’s Parisian roots are featured throughout and they match an Australian and French wine list.
There’s no denying that this Chippendale bar has a love for all things wine and cheese related. Part bar part cooking school, Zigi’s pair the two together beautifully. And although the cheese list is impressive, it is not all that they do here. The restaurant side of the operation also has a seasonal menu that hints at the Mediterranean.
The Rose Hotel
A stone’s throw from Sydney University, The Rose gets a workout from thirsty students, but that won’t deter the locals. The beer garden is the drawcard here, with large picnic benches and big groups creating a warm atmosphere under the twinkling fairy lights. A number of craft beers are available, and there is The Marmalade Bar upstairs for those desiring a quiet vino-fuelled escape.
The Chippo Hotel
Hands down, this corner pub is a local favourite and why wouldn’t it be when it has retained the original beauty of the building while updating the interiors to be warm, trendy and inviting. From nightly specials to live tunes, The Chippo Hotel on Abercrombie Street knows how to draw a crowd.
The Duck Inn Pub & Kitchen
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.
The Lord Gladstone Hotel
The folks behind the Lord Gladstone Hotel in Chippendale have turned this old-school gem around to be a popular hangout – especially among the students. They’re renowned for their cheeseburgers, affordable beers and their all-embracing attitude. It can get a little rowdy on weekends, but sports and music is a way of life here.
Kensington Street Social
A cafe, restaurant and bar hybrid sitting inside Chippendale’s Old Clare Hotel, Kensington Street Social is the brainchild of Jason Atherton, who has an accolade of Michelin stars to his name. Modern Australian cuisine stars on every plate in a setting that has soaring ceilings and a sophisticated chic décor.
The latest venture from the brother’s behind KOI, Monkey’s Corner only seats 20 and is set within a heritage listed terrace. The bar provides guests an intimate setting perfect for catching up with friends or impressing on your first date. Taking inspiration from Asia, cocktail consultant Quynh Van Nguyen has crafted a cocktail menu big on flavour.
Handpicked Cellar Door
For Chippendale locals, Handpicked Wines Cellar Door is the go-to for wine and wine tastings. The cool, warehouse-style space is full of their very own brand of wine 'Handpicked'. The cellar door is divided into four sections: the retail wine shop, the tasting bar, the wine lounge and the experience room. The experience room is surrounded by steel wine tanks, and is suited to group tastings and small intimate events. They also have an upstairs gallery space for artist and ...
Lord Wolseley Hotel
In a leafy Ultimo backstreet, this old-timer is laidback, lively, and as Aussie as it gets. It’s also one of the narrowest pubs in the state, but that doesn’t stop locals filling it up when happy hour rolls around. If you’re travelling or in no mood to commute, the Lord Wolseley has nine rooms upstairs.