The best neighbourhood pubs in Sydney

8 charming neighbourhood pubs to try in Sydney

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Who doesn’t love heading to the pub for a quality catch up with mates. Something just feels right about getting the gang together for a classic pub meal, washed down with a craft beer or two. 

In the mood for some quality pub food? Sydney is known for its abundance of charming neighbourhood pubs serving up gastronomical delights that pair perfectly with a coldie. 

Whether you’re looking to soak up the sun on an inner-city rooftop, relax in one of the city’s dog-friendly beer gardens, take in some live entertainment or hit-up the hottest d-floors after dark, we’ve put together a list of top rated Sydney pubs that are worth the visit. 

The Erko, Erskinville

Dog friendly | Beer Garden | Try the Chicken Parmie

A burger and wings at The Erko pub in Erskinville

Located in the heart of Erskinville, the Erko is a true neighbourhood pub which makes you feel right at home. With some of the best rated pub grub in Sydney, expect an elevated take on pub favourites such as herb and parmesan crusted chicken schnitzel, braised duck Maryland and grilled cauliflower steak. Head out back to the spacious courtyard, perfect for a day drink and pats with local dogs. BOOK NOW >

Toxteth Hotel, Glebe

Dog friendly | Beer Garden | Try the schnitzel

The courtyard at the Toxteth

The Toxteth Hotel, affectionately named the ‘Tocky' by locals is a classic pub in the heart of Glebe serving up great beer, scrumptious food, and a classic pub feel all with a sprawling outdoor area. Best known as the home of the schnitty, locals trivia and as a dog friendly pub, the Toxteth is a neighbourhood local where you can pull up a seat, grab a drink, and catch up with friends and family. BOOK NOW >

The Courthouse Hotel, Newtown

Dog friendly | Beer Garden | Try the Nachos

The nachos at the Courty in Newtown

Sitting tucked off King Street this Newtown icon has been serving the inner west since 1859 and offers old world charm and a friendly, unpretentious vibe. Known to locals as The Courty, the pub is home to Newtown's most-loved beer garden, providing the perfect spot for a couple of craft beers and some delicious pub grub including nachos five ways. BOOK NOW >

Public House Petersham, Petersham

Dog friendly | Courtyard | Try the Pizza

The entry at Public House Petersham

An historical pub in the inner-west with a large sun-drenched beer garden, Public House Petersham is the perfect venue for friends to gather in the inner-west. Enjoy delicious woodfired pizzas alongside an impressive range of classic and craft beers on tap at the bar. Have a furry friend you’d like to bring along? The venue is dog-friendly too! BOOK NOW >

The Occidental, Wynyard

Heritage Listed | Restaurant | Try the Steak

A steak at the Fairmont Restaurant at the Occidental

The Occidental is a Victorian Regency Style Hotel and is the oldest building in Wynyard Square, dating back to 1850. As one of the last five surviving hotels of this style, its foundations are now Heritage Listed. The Occidental carries high social and historic significance for its long and continuous tradition as an inner city corner hotel. Feeling a little fancy? Head to the popular Fairmont Restaurant on its first floor for dishes such as Sydney Rock Oysters, spanner crab and prime cut steaks. BOOK NOW >

Albion Place Hotel, Sydney

Live Music | Bars | Try the Burgers

A burger and fries at Albion Place Hotel

This inner-city retreat oozes cool, with two distinct cocktail bars and regular live music and events. In the mood for some modern pub grub? Albion Place Hotel has teamed up with the legendary Kent St Cartel Kitchen to bring Sydney delicious food, from specialty  tacos to loaded burgers and New York style pizza. BOOK NOW >

The Royal Hotel, Paddington

Rooftop | Live Sports | Try the Bottomless Brunch

The bottomless brunch spread at the Royal Hotel Paddington

This heritage pub in the heart of Paddington's Fiveways is an Eastern Suburbs institution that oozes charm. With a lively rooftop boasting sweeping city views and a menu full of pub favourites from the classic schnitty to the traditional Sunday roast, it's the perfect spot for your next group catch-up. If you've got something to celebrate, check out the Royal's bottomless long lunch, available every day. BOOK NOW >  

Crows Nest Hotel, Crows Nest

The Crows Nest Hotel rooftop beer garden

Rooftop | Live Music | Try the Chicken Parmi

If you live North of the bridge, you’re likely familiar with the Crowie, an iconic pub in the heart of Crows Nest that’s a big hit with locals. Head to the rooftop on a Sunday afternoon to soak up the sun and feast on pub classics, including burgers, steaks and seafood. As the sun goes down, the ambience picks up, with live entertainment, DJ's, events and promotions. BOOK NOW >

Looking for more quality pub grub in Sydney? Check out our full list of top pubs around the city.

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