The Best Bars In Sydney’s Inner City And Inner West

February 4th, 2021 - by Brad Gillespie

From Sunday sessions to after-work drinks, here are some of our favourite spots in Sydney’s inner city and inner west to toast Sydney’s summer, as well as some exciting newcomers.

These great local bars serve up mocktails, cocktails, beers and more. Cheers!


157 King Street, Newtown

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A Newtown stayer that is heaven in summer thanks to its spacious breezy deck with great views of the city skyline. The crowd is laid-back, the drinks are affordable, and the pizzas are tasty – what’s not to love?

The Courthouse Hotel
202 Australia Street, Newtown

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Another perennial favourite among inner west dwellers, “the Courty”, as it’s affectionately known by locals, is popular for its huge beer garden, cheap beers, tasty pub grub, pool tables and pinball machines.

The Bank Hotel
324 King Street, Newtown

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Late night hours, live music, a cocktail bar and a craft brew bar – this is a fine spot to settle in and forget all about the cares of the outside world for an afternoon or evening.


The Brewery Bar at Rocks Brewing Company
160 Bourke Road, Alexandria

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This local brewery boasts a large outdoor courtyard and some 20 craft beers on tap. Wash them down with a classic pub grub menu of chicken schnitty, nachos and burgers.


The Imperial Hotel
35 Erskineville Road, Erskineville

The ‘Impy’ is one of the inner west’s – indeed, Sydney’s -- most iconic bars, with a fascinating history. Watch a drag show, hear live music, and get your dance on at this fun, fabulous, proudly LGBTQIA+ venue.


Arcadia Liquors
7 Cope Street, Redfern

A winning combo of kitsch-hip décor, great drinks, green fairy-light-strung courtyard and plenty of ambiance made this joint one of Redfern’s most popular bars almost immediately upon opening. It’s also dog-friendly and they make a mean toastie.

Atomic Beer Project
158 Regent Street, Redfern

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Despite the lack of outdoor space, this place is worth a mention as a fun new addition to the inner west drinking scene. Check out the brew process at this micro-brewery, then ‘sip and trip’ its menu of pale ales, porters and pilsners and Pan-Asian snacks and share plates.


Public House Petersham
292 Stanmore Road, Petersham

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A laid-back boozer with a sunny beer garden, craft brews on tap, wood-fired pizza, pool tables and pin-ball. It’s dog-friendly so feel free to BYO pooch.

The Oxford Tavern
1 New Canterbury Road, Petersham

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Booze, brisket, burgers and house-smoked barbecue – the Oxford Tavern is one of the inner west’s most fun pubs. Settle in for an afternoon that’s likely to spill long into the evening.


Drink al fresco in The Rocks

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The Rocks has launched an al fresco dining pilot that will run until mid-March to meet the public appetite for more spaces to eat and drink outdoors. With 19 pubs and bars participating there are gin gardens, courtyard cocktails and pop-up laneway bars to explore.


The Duck Inn Pub and Kitchen
74 Rose Street, Chippendale

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A sunny beer garden with shady umbrellas and picnic tables makes this dog and kid-friendly pub a great place to meet. There’s a great selection of beers on tap plus Sunday roasts.

The Rose Hotel
52-54 Cleveland Street, Chippendale

Another inner-west institution known and loved for its large courtyard, yummy pizzas, and craft beers on tap. Most locals have enjoyed at least one big night out here.

And, finally,

If it’s a brewery you’re after check out our article on the Best Craft Breweries here.

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