Be sure to visit these 4 Sydney pubs.
Both craft brewing and microbrewing are gaining popularity, so, after sightseeing a bit during your city break in Sydney, you can slake your thirst at any one of a number of brew pubs and other establishments that focus on lagers, ales and a large range of other brews.
Lord Nelson Hotel and Brewery
The brewery’s bar pours brews available year-round as well as seasonal offerings. The Lord Nelson’s brews range from the Victory Bitter British pale ale to the Nelson’s Blood porter to the easy-drinking Quayle Ale.
Once these have whetted your palate, the attached kitchen serves up traditional and non-traditional pub food. The menu includes several vegan or gluten-free options. If you’re looking for more dining options, there’s an upstairs bistro with more formal meals.
4 Pines Brewing Company
4 Pines currently offers six different beers: a kölsch, a pale ale, a hefeweizen, an extra special bitter, a stout, a “keller door” special and a cider. Of these, the cider and “keller door” specials are most beloved of brewery visitors, as they are only available at the brewery itself or occasionally in kegs at special events.
The wise staff at 4 Pines suspect you might get hungry on your ferry ride to Manly, so they also offer pub grub, snacks and mains. Their best deal standing is the Monday “Our Shout” promotion, in which patrons get a free beer when they order a main dish. If you can’t make it to Manly on a weeknight, round out the weekend with a trip to sample the Sunday roast and hear live acoustic music along with your beer. But when we went we just had burgers - nothing fancy, but they hit the spot!
Australian Hotel Brewery
Like the Lord Nelson Hotel and 4 Pines, the Australian offers food in addition to its liquid refreshments. Adding to the attraction of its menu, which offers bites ranging from snacks to full meals, the Australian is a popular place for family dining because of the enclosed children’s play area. Reservations are recommended.
Malt Shovel Brewery and Tooheys Brewery
Tooheys Brewery is located in Lidcombe, where one of Sydney’s most recognizable local brands of beer is made. Tooheys lager and Tooheys Old, their darker beer, are staples for local Sidneysiders. Contact Tooheys brewery to find out when tours are offered.
Meanwhile, the Malt Shovel Brewery, which used to make Hahn beer but now is the font of the flavourful James Squire beers, is located in Camperdown. This historic building has been producing beer for over a century. Now, some of the signature brews prepared here include One Fifty Lashes pale ale, the Hop Thief American pale ale and The Constable copper ale. If you can’t find a tour of the brewery that matches your dates in Sydney, James Squire beers are on tap at The Hero of Waterloo pub in The Rocks and at the Grand Hotel in the city centre.
But, why stop at just one brewery in Sydney? When you’re already in the city, have a go and try them all!
I'd love to hear from you! Do you have a favourite watering hole in Sydney? Or have you ever sought out an Aussie bar somewhere else in the world?
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