The Best Craft Beer Pubs And Bars In Sydney

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Like most Australian cities, Sydney’s bar scene was once dominated by the big, mainstream breweries. That’s changed dramatically in the last five years as the harbour city has embraced the global craft beer movement and can now boast several small breweries and micropubs which offer artisan and experimental brews. Here’s a guide to the best craft beer pubs and bars in Sydney. If you want to know what is it about beer that makes it a timeless drink, you can check out this article that talks about beer facts.

Redoak Boutique Beer Cafe 

Address: 201 Clarence Street, Sydney, 2000

A small independent craft beer brewery, Redoak offers over 20 different beers styles on tap and in bottles including Honey Ale, Belgian Wit Bier and Baltic Porter.

All Hands Brewing House

Address: 22 The Promenade, King Street Wharf, Sydney, 2000

As well as being one of the best micro-breweries, All Hands also has one of the best beer gardens for you to enjoy some of their house beers including a Gold Medal-winning Stout and their popular Cream Pale Ale.

The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel

Address: 19 Kent Street, The Rocks, Sydney, 2000

Visiting The Lord Nelson is like going back in time as it’s one of the longest running pub breweries in Sydney with harbour views in which to enjoy Summer Ales, Old Ales and a British Pale Ale with caramel overtones.

4 Pines Brew Pub

Address: 29/43-45 E Esplanade, Manly, 2095

An early pioneer of Sydney’s craft beer scene, the 4 Pines bar in Manly offers dreamy views of the shores and their full range of natural beers including a Hefeweizen, Kölsch, Pale Ale, Amber Ale, Pacific Ale, Stout, Summer Ale and look out for their Keller Door small-batch seasonal release.

Harts Pub

Address: Corner of Essex & Gloucester Streets, The Rocks, Sydney, 2000

Yet another great pub in The Rocks, Harts Pub offers craft brews on 12 rotating taps from their ‘The Governor’ Golden Ale, ‘The Hangman’ Pale Ale, ‘The Boxer’ Red Ale and ‘The Butcher’ Porter alongside other Australian craft beers.

Royal Albert Hotel

Address: 140 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills, 2010

Formerly known as the Jam Tin, there’s been a pub in this spot since 1927 and Royal Albert Hotel has now been rejuvenated and serves a huge selection of craft beers and several ciders in various traditional means; on tap, in bottles and even occasionally on an old-school hand pump. 

The Local Taphouse

Address:  122 Flinders Street, Darlinghurst, 2010

Sydney’s equivalent to the Cheers bar,  the 1920s European-style pub known as The Taphouse offers over 20 rotating taps featuring Australian and international craft beers to be savoured in their leather couches and on a rooftop bar.

Modus Operandi

Address: 14 Harkeith Street, Mona Vale, Sydney, 2103

Grab a stool, an outside table or even one of the leather armchairs and enjoy Modus Operandi’s award-winning Pale Ale, IPA and Red IPA amongst others. 

Yulli’s Brews

Address: 75a Burrows Road, Alexandria, Sydney, 2015

If it’s smashable Australian-style beers you’re after then pop to Yulli’s Brews for their limited runs including ‘Norman’ Australian Ale, ‘Seabass’ Mediterranean Lager and ‘Amanda’ Mandarin IPA.

Wayward Brewing Co

Address: 1 Gehrig Lane, Camperdown, Sydney, 2050

With one of Sydney’s few beer halls, Wayward Brewing Co is a great place for a sesh with your mates as well as sampling their range from the accessible Everyday Australian Pale Ale to the Raspberry Berliner Weisse and the Ruby Red Ale.

Young Henry’s

Address: 76 Wilford Street, Newtown, 2042

Tucked away from Enmore Road and King Street in Newtown, Young Henry’s tasting bar is one of Sydney’s best-kept secrets and an ideal place to sample offbeat beers such as the ‘Newtowner’ Australian Pale Ale and limited runs like their ‘Rabbitohs’ Natural Lager.

Willie The Boatman

Address: Precinct 75, Suite 601, 75 Mary Street, St Peters, 2044

Open from Thursday to Sundays, Willie The Boatman’s tasting bar is housed in an old paint factory but don’t let that put you off their unique take on craft beer with their ‘Old Salty’ Melon Gose and ‘Albo’ Corn Ale proving popular.

Sauce

Address: 1a Mitchell Street, Marrickville, 2204

Sauce’s range of craft beers certainly live up to the name with flavour packed into their hoppy to sour range including the ‘Piss-weak Sauce’ Session IPA or the ‘Bubble & Squeak’ New England IPA alongside their flagship Pale Ale and extra-hoppy American West-coast IPA.

Batch Brewing Company

Address: 44 Sydenham Road, Marrickville, 2204

As the name suggests, the range in Batch’s tasting room changes frequently though it sticks to hand crafted, fresh American-Australian beers.

The Bitter Phew

Address: 1/137 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, 2010

With 12 taps on rotation, The Bitter Phew aims to make their selection of local and international craft beer accessible to Sydneysiders as well as the beer fanatics who visit their Oxford Street bar.

Rag & Famish Hotel

Address: 199 Miller St, North Sydney, 2060

With a vast selection of draught craft beer including IPAs, Pale Ales and Sours ranging from all over Australia, Rag & Famish is a great place to kick back in a classic Australian Hotel.

Dove & Olive

Address: 156 Devonshire St, Surry Hills, 2010

Home to Sydney’s Craft Beer Fight Club, Dove & Olive is where brewers showcase the finest of their beers with the public deciding on the winner though for the rest of the time you can simply rely on their selection of craft beers.  

The Noble Hops

Address: 125 Redfern Street, Redfern, 2016

Not only does The Noble Hops have ten rotating taps of local and international beers, their selection is so rare and wonderful that you’d be hard pressed to find some of them anywhere else in the city.

Nomad Brewing Co

Address: 5 Sydenham Road, Brookvale, 2100

From their ‘South Pacific Dream’ Pale Ale to their ‘Freshie Salt and Pepper’ Gose, you’d be hard pressed to find a fresher bunch of beers than Nomad’s and you can enjoy them in their Transit Lounge tasting bar. 

The Grifter Brewing Co

Address: 1/391 Enmore Road, Marrickville, 2204

The appeal to The Grifter Brewing Co is quite simple; an eclectic range of unique home brews that appeal to a wide audience.

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