The Marlborough Hotel
Ask locals where they like to stop off for an after-work drink, and they'll point you to The Marlborough Hotel, affectionately known as ‘The Marly’. The unpretentious pub has a lot to offer: a garden bar, a sports bar with multiple screens, and live music on Thursday nights. The kitchen serves up Southern comfort food – along with pub classics. There are daily food specials, and DJs on the decks every weekend.
Public House Petersham
The oldest pub in the area, Public House is steeped in history while a new refurb has given the venue an industrial style facelift. The shipping container beer garden is the place to bring the kids for an easy and crowd-pleasing wood-fired pizza. Take in the street art installations selected to promote the local arts scene. Over in the inner-west, this trendy pub has a solid four-legged following. While they’re welcome throughout the venue, the most popular spot is the ...
The refurbished Royal has brought life back into Leichhardt’s drinking scene, with the pub now a sought-after watering hole on a weekend - be it night or day. Upstairs, the restaurant and balcony evoke a fresh, airy feel while maintaining English Pub style and the open beer garden is the perfect Sunday afternoon pitstop. The cocktails are fruity while the menu is American inspired (but don’t worry, there’s pub classics too). And there’s no lack of beer here. In Leichhardt, ...
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.
Continental Deli Bar Bistro
Situated on Australia street, this European themed deli, bar and bistro boasts equal parts quirky, retro and fun. While there has been ample buzz surrounding the ‘Mar-tinny’ and ‘Can-hattan’ creations, Continental Deli Bar Bistro’s host of other classic cocktails featuring sherries, vermouth and house-made liqueurs are well worth a dabble.
What was once the neighbourhood milkshake counter, local institution The Rio is the go-to small bar in Summer Hill. This converted milkbar is equal parts cool and nostalgic, maintaining elements of its Greek-influenced history. The exposed brick, blue accents and wall art pair perfectly with refined cocktail and bar bites menu.
The Temperance Society
The Temperance Society is cosy, small bar in the Summer Hill Village. Focused on bringing together the best in local produce, expect to see beer from Young Henry's and Batch Brewing, and pickles and relishes courtesy of Cornersmith. Perfect for a date night or after work drink, the bar is open everyday.
Craft beers and boutique wines are found in this small drinking establishment, which offers a relaxed vibe and a whole lot of character. At Gasoline Pony there’s a lounge area and often live music while the cocktails can be classic or unconventional. Small eats are available and affordable.
The Toxteth Hotel
As for pubs, The Toxteth – affectionately known as ‘The Tocky’ – has been a local haunt for decades. It's now a sleek gastro-pub with exposed beer pipes, greenery galore and leather and timber finishes throughout. The varied menu showcases wholesome salads and hot bowls - anything but your traditional pub fare. The alfresco courtyard makes for the perfect Sunday session, or cosying up by the heaters with a cheeky espresso martini - which are served on tap by the ...
This late-night parlour serves up well-priced drinks and pizza until 3am Wednesday to Thursday and 6am Friday to Saturday. With regular events and one-off experiences locked in during the week, Slyfox has something for every musical persuasion. The bar's inviting atmosphere is down to the friendly team behind the bar and the cool retro fit-out.
The London Hotel
A colonial-era building complete with sandstone walls, The London Hotel boasts beautiful harbour views from the verandah. If you’re feeling peckish, take a look at the bar menu which is all about traditional pub grub, or step it up a notch with a fine dining experience in their modern Australian restaurant.
Earl's Juke Joint
You’d be forgiven if you walked straight past this place – it’s a speakeasy-style bar that’s disguised as a butcher. Pretty cool, right? Inside, Earl's Juke Joint pays homage to New Orleans with low lighting, eclectic music and strong cocktails. The staff is friendly and relaxed, and it’s the kind of place that brings people together. After dark, the dancefloor cranks up, making Earl’s Juke Joint the place to go for a late-night boogie in Newtown.
As much an educational experience as a festive one, a visit to this Natural Wine bar serves as a lesson in good wine, hospitality and food. At Where's Nick, craft beer and spirits also make an impressive appearance. Be sure to ask for a recommendation from the ever-changing wine chalkboard list.
The Balmain Hotel
The Balmain Hotel is an oasis where you can escape the urban hustle and bustle. An Asian-fusion style menu brings fresh, high-quality ingredients to the fore, and relaxing under a thatched roof cabana in the brightly styled Pasifika beer garden with the kids and pup is the definition of a Sunday well-spent.
Perched above restaurant One Penny Red, Vernon's Bar is a dark and sultry watering hole. Offering both indoor and outdoor seating, the atmosphere lends itself perfectly to a friendly catch up or romantic date night. The welcoming service, weekly specials and delicious cocktails keep drawing in a crowd.
Summer Hill Hotel
A typical neighbourhood pub, the Summer Hill Hotel is known for being a hive of activity every night of the week. This multipurpose venue has live music, a pool table and trivia competitions. The classic pub food menu and oversized courtyard keep the locals coming back.
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.
Red Lion Hotel
An easygoing neighbourhood pub, The Red Lion is Rozelle's favourite watering hole. Home to Sydney's first vegan pub restaurant, The Green Lion, this isn't your typical run-of-the-mill pub. From the stone walls and wood furnishings to their vegan pub fare, the locals love this stylish tavern.
Different Drummer Bar
The Different Drummer is a staple of the inner west bar scene. It’s the sort of down-to-earth bar you want as your local, with exposed brick walls, moody lighting and funky poster art channelling a New York vibe. The Different Drummer’s curated share plate menu is a deftly crafted mix of modern flavours, with an equally delicious list of burgers on offer for those who don’t like to share, and cocktails to wash it all down.
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.
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 Modern Australian cuisine, the Riverview Hotel isn’t messing about when it comes to their food.
Leichhardt's newest neighbourood haunt, The Golden Gully is a loving tribute to all things Australiana. Expect Aussie wine, spirits and beers to dominate the drinks menu, along with tasty bar bites that perfectly pair with your after-work cocktail – potato scallops for the win. Don't be deterred by the cool and hip vibes, as the service and atmosphere is equally warm and inviting.
Located on the former Zanzibar site, Websters Bar is a breath of fresh air. It’s a three-storey playground. The lower floors are more intimate, with 1920s décor, small, candle-lit tables and a dedicated bourbon bar. The bar’s main calling card is the rooftop bar, which has insane views of the Sydney skyline, a BBQ-style menu, and a kitschy vibe. If you’re a sucker for sport or specials, you’re in luck: Websters screens football, as well as craft beer and cocktail ...
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.