Affectionately dubbed ‘The Woolie’ by locals, this pub is famous for its Thursday night trivia, which fills up early every week. If trivia’s not your thing, order some classic pub food to the streetside dining area, or head to the bookshelf-lined back area to crack open a craft beer – the pub has a huge range on tap.
Gritty-meets-pretty at Bart Jr, a small, brightly lit bar tucked inside a heritage-listed building. Locals flock to the spot for its elevated bar bites as much as they do for its beverages, which put Aussie winemakers and breweries in the spotlight. The food menu is tight and changes every three weeks, but always features inventive dishes.
Tudor Hotel Redfern
A local watering-hole with a real rustic charm to it, Tudor Hall is low-key and relaxed, and they dish up some incredible pub food. Located amid all the action in Redfern, they are a welcome retreat from the bustle of the inner-city suburb. Our advice? Go early to score a spot on the terrace.
For an impeccable fusion of Italian and Middle Eastern cuisine, Isaac in Redfern brings punchy flavours and euro decadence together for a meal you won’t be forgetting any time soon. The fit out is luxurious with the floor being made of smashed pieces of marble and the bar of concrete.
When we say this Viking-themed whiskey bar and restaurant has gone all out, we mean it. It’s a true treat for the senses, from the waiters wearing fur, jewels and Viking helmets to the tables set with Viking horns and swords. Interiors aside, there are over 400 whiskies from around the world, plus Nordic-inspired cocktails. The carvery is where the chefs work their magic on meat, fish and veg.
A lively local, The Norfolk enjoys a prime corner position on Cleveland and Walker Streets. The pub has a few main attractions: its buzzy, dog-friendly beer garden, Taco Tuesdays, and a sports bar. It’s also home to the House of Crabs, a seafood restaurant that puts on an unbeatable Southern-style crab boil.
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.
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.
Gunther's Dining Room
Gunther’s Dining Room feels like a ‘60s disco, with wooden panelled walls, green valour stools and vinyl chairs complimenting the mirror ball spinning from the ceiling. Settle in for a few cocktails and enjoy the sweet sounds of Johnny Cash, Nina Simone and Sam Cooke.
Hustle & Flow Bar
Sitting across from Redfern Train Station, Hustle & Flow Bar is a funky Hip Hop style bar that knows how to mix the old with the new. Set in a revamped 1920s building, they have restored the original tiles of the building but have infused some serious urban culture into the place. Think graffitied walls, retro speakers, Hip Hop/RnB and Live Music. Beat the crowds and get in early to take advantage of their daily Happy Hour (5pm-7pm) and grab ...
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.
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.
Strawberry Hills Hotel
The Strawberry Hills Hotel is, and always has been, a local institution – except now it’s a snazzy one thanks to a major refurb. The lower level has an old-school pub feel, and upstairs, there’s an outdoor terrace with a deck and jukebox. Locals flock there on weeknights to dig into generously sized and reasonably-priced pub classics.
Mama's Buoi Surry Hills
A self-confessed mama’s boy, Bao Hoang’s eateries are inspired by his childhood – from the communal tables to the traditional Vietnamese food that his mum and aunties cooked. He now brings the flavours of their home-cooking to his eateries and cocktail bar, Mama’s Buoi.
Cake Wines Cellar Door
After a series of successful pop-up stores, this Adelaide winery laid down some roots in Redfern. Run by young winemakers and enthusiasts, Cake Wines is a cellar door that showcases Australian, boutique and independent wines, which you can sample for yourself in the glossy wine bar.
Sitting on the corner of Crown and Devonshire Streets, you can always count on Trinity Bar for a dose of Irish charm and revelry. The pub is a true neighbourhood haunt, with three sports screens, exposed brick walls, a modern Australian menu, and a slew of craft beers and ciders on tap, as well as wines and cocktails.
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.
Wyno Bar and Shop
Tucked down a Surry Hills laneway, Wyno is a wine bar where 121BC used to be – and it’s just as legendary. The team at Porteno took over the spot and updated the wine and snacks list, but kept the bar-style seating and romantic vibe. Out the back, there’s a carefully curated wine store.
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, ...
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.