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Coastal Venues and Stylish Alfresco’s: The Best Beer Gardens in Sydney

There’s nothing more “Australian” than enjoying a fine beer in the sun surrounded by friends and family. It’s something of a tradition that celebrates the country’s warm weather, love of community and value of companionship.

When the time for a brew tickles the palette, we turn to one of the best spots to appease the sensation – the humble beer garden. It doesn’t get much better than a beverage in the open air. While we’ve already mentioned the best beer gardens in Perth, luckily Sydney-siders also have no shortage of spectacular venues.

Whether it’s a good catch up with mates, celebrating a birthday, or just getting down to watch the footy, these are the best beer gardens in Sydney to enjoy a fine beer.

The Oaks Hotel

Location: 118 Military Road, Neutral Bay

The beautiful oak tree and spacious setting make this shaded beer garden one of the most recommended in Sydney. The Neutral Bay local is an 1885-opened institution attracting beer lovers from far and wide. The pub boasts a broad range of craft beers on tap including Murrays, Two Birds, 4 Pines, and Lord Nelson. The refurbished pub maintains an old-world vibe but with a thoroughly modern upgrade that spans a garden conservatory restaurant and front sports bar.

Courthouse Hotel

Location: 202 Australia Street, Newtown

The famous Courthouse Hotel is a regular on many best beer gardens in Sydney lists. A quintessentially Newtown style pub, the beer garden is a welcoming place where all walks of Sydney life mingle. The space is cocooned with large umbrellas and leafy trees coupling with spacious wooden benches to create a modern tropical atmosphere. The on-tap selection is an expansive affair where craft beers meet international offerings to quench all thirsts.

Coogee Bay Hotel

Location: 253 Coogee Bay Road, Coogee

For almost 150 years Coogee Bay Hotel has hugged the stunning coastline of Coogee Beach. Rising from a true neighbourhood pub to a modern outdoor oasis, the Coogee Bay Hotel welcomes anyone and everyone to its large central garden. The atmosphere lives up to its beachside location with the lovely alfresco vibe created with big sunshades, large tables and live music.

The Squire’s Landing

Location: Circular Quay W, The Rocks

If it’s views alone we’re discussing, it doesn’t get much better than Australia’s flagship James Squire Brewhouse. The wonderfully modern venue is as charming as the brewery’s eponymous founder with spectacular sights like the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House on full display. The prime place to bring a non-Sydney-sider, the drinks offering features the full selection of James Squire beers as well as an award-winning wine list.

The Newport

Location: 2 Kalinya Street, Newport

Enjoy the magnificent waterfront location and stunning Pittwater views from a large outdoor alfresco area you’d never want to leave. There’s greenery, cacti and water features to create the warm marketplace atmosphere that makes the perfect summer partner. It’s a stylish beer garden in Sydney that emulates the Hamptons and a wide range of beers to match.

The Henson

Location: 91 Illawarra Road, Marrickville

A really unique beer garden, the Henson is a mix of green foliage and funky decor. The iron roofing, beer keg seating, festoon lights, and striped brollies give it a very trendy style. The inner-Sydney pub is known for its community-oriented focus and a proponent of seasonal and sustainability. The lovely beer garden is the perfect space to sit back and enjoy the sun while sipping on a quality craft beer.

The Balmain

Location: 74 Mullens Street, Balmain

Putting the garden in the beer garden the Balmain Hotel’s outdoor area is filled with tropical plants that compliment the tiki-inspired interior. It offers sleepy-surf town vibes nestled in Sydney’s inner west suburbs that are an escape from the city. The tranquil beer garden is dog friendly which is always a plus and the drinks menu spreads from classic cocktails to a slew of beers.

The Beresford

Location: 354 Bourke Street, Surry Hills

In the heart of Sydney’s Surry Hills lives this art deco inspired pub with its centrepiece beer garden. The large lantern lighting, overground greenery that’s dog friendly makes a wonderful setting to spend a Sunday in the sun. The beautiful old tiled courtyard complete with alfresco style cafe seating is met with a menu containing Coopers, Heineken, 150 Lashes, James Boags and much more.


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