These are the coolest bars and pubs in Sydney

From inner city classics to cool spots in the suburbs, these Sydney nightspots are not be missed.

Watch the sun set over the city at East Village
  • Emily Lloyd-Tait
  • December 2018

Fancy a pint and a bite? There's a whole load of pubs across town, whether you're after craft beers by the waterfront, rooftop views or city hotspots.

East Village Sydney

On a beautiful day, there are few better places to position yourself than on the rooftop of this Darlinghurst bar – the views of the city skyline are postcard perfect. This is where you can pretend you’re having a New York City summer over crab toast, sweet potato fries and calamari, accompanied by a Mango Margarita. If the weather isn’t playing ball, there’s always the old-world club vibes in the vintage sports-themed bar on the second level.

The Union Hotel Newtown

If you like craft beers, then this is the place to head. This Newtown mainstay is famous for its thoughtfully curated beer list – you might even find a stout made with real oysters – and for hosting regular tap takeovers by famous breweries. They also do a straight line in comforting, carby meals like a Reuben sandwich, a meatball sub and a cheeseburger that’ll sate a serious hunger.


Union Pub provides a long list of great tap beers.
Union Pub provides a long list of great tap beers.

Bondi Beach Public Bar

Across the road from Bondi Beach, this casual haunt is the place to go for people-watching, pizza and a few fancy cocktails. The bar is the low-key younger brother of Maurice Terzini’s famous Icebergs Dining Room and Bar up the street. This more accessible spot is where you can pop in for some fried chicken or a cheeseburger compressed on the grill to pack in all the flavour.


Refresh after your swim at Bondi Beach Public Bar.
Refresh after your swim at Bondi Beach Public Bar.

The Lansdowne.

This refreshed pub in Chippendale has a killer band room showcasing local and international touring acts, a pizza menu straight out of the US (they do Detroit-style square pizza made in custom steel tins) and an Australian wine list. Did we mention they’re open until 3am for night owls looking for a drink and a boogie?


The Lansdowne hosts something different every night.
The Lansdowne hosts something different every night.

4 Pines Brewpub

Whether you’ve just finished the Spit to Manly walk or stepped straight from a surf, this relaxed pub/brewery on the harbour side of Manly is perfect to refuel. There’s fresh fish and chips, classic pub pies or, on Sundays, roasts with all the trimmings for AUD $25. Pair it with one of their locally-made beers, like the smashable kolsch.